EVOC Hip Pack Pro
Words/Photos by Chili Dog
While the jury is still out on whether or not fanny packs are socially acceptable, we can say with confidence that they’re absolutely more comfortable to wear than a backpack on a hot day! They’ve only gotten to be more comfortable too as time has gone on and companies like EVOC tinker with the design. The EVOC Hip Pack Pro 3L is Evo’s latest evolution in the fanny pack market, and it’s teeming with clever ideas and storage pockets.
At the core of the EVOC Hip Pack PRO is a foam impact pad that keeps the sharp objects you’re carrying separate from your back in a crash. The pad is designed to increase airflow around your lower back. There are specifically grooved ventilation channels for air, with perforated EVA pads behind a mesh material. The fit is close to the back to transfer weight to the lower back without any side to side movement.
A velcro strap with a secondary buckle closure allows for almost infinite adjustment, and weight distribution over a large area. The wide but ultra thin strap keeps pressure points down, while also keeping the pack in place. It’s actually soft and comfortable enough to wear under a jersey if desired. It’s massive improvement from the early fanny pack days with thin, uncomfortable straps. Built into the strap are storage pockets, internal routing for the water pack’s draw tube, and a magnetic securing point for the nozzle. There’s no stone left unturned here.
EVOC also came up with what they call the Ventiflap, a system to quickly adjust the tension of the strap by pulling on the two blue tabs on either side of the closure strap. I’ll admit, I didn’t use it much, but the name is clever.
Around the back, is a N210 ripstop PU Coated fabric that’s ultra durable and water resistant to keep all your stuff safe. Inside is a 1.5 liter hydration pack, that holds plenty of water for a long day in the saddle. For additional water storage, there’s two side pockets for bottles.
Inside is the water pouch flap, which can be used for normal storage when the pouch isn’t in the pack there’s also ample zippered pockets large and small for storing small patches, tools or larger things like food and pumps.