DAKINE WAIST BAG - EQUIPMENT
Updated: Feb 18, 2019
If you know action sports, you should know the name Dakine. From bags, luggage carriers and apparel in their arsenal that would sit up against the likes of EVOC. Dakine have some fantastic bags in their lineup, so this Hot Lap waist pack could be somewhat of a good thing. With five colours and a heavy duty construction, this bag has some good clout for the relatively small price tag.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
2L / 70oz Hydrapak® lumbar reservoir
Phaser bite valve
Magnetic buckle auto-locates hydration hose
Breathable Air Flow back panel
Internal organizer pockets
External attachment straps
Safety light attachment
The Dakine Hot Lap 5ltr waist bag certainly looks like a great addition to the equipment you would use in the UK. With more pockets than you know what to do with, and handy storage areas inside the main compartment, it is not difficult to keep things organised. This matched with a handy 2 litre hydration pack to keep you topped up on the longest rides.
The waist band that straps the bag on, has more than enough adjustment. This allows any shape rider, fit or f... (not so fit) to get good a wrap around. It goes hand in hand with the quality of the construction. The bag may not have aluminium clips like you will see on some manufactures high end equipment. For this price point, the Hot Lap bag does have high quality, strong plastic fittings that seem to be more than up to the job. The little magnetic drinking pipe clip is also a nice touch, making the act of having a drink swift and simple.
When getting to grips with the pack, the full amount of water was loaded up. There was more than enough room left for anything else needed for the day. Take into consideration that the water sack, when full, will weigh 2kg. Once everything else is loaded in, it becomes a fair weight hanging around your waist.
I am a fairly aggressive rider that relies on freedom of movement while descending. The waist pack ended up being a clumsy added weight, in an odd place at this point. Whilst the bag may have been OK on the climbs, it bounced about, hitting into my lower back when the going got tough on the way back down. This continued even after reducing the quantity of water by half. If the opportunity arose to sample a smaller, more compact bag with a wider, more ergonomically designed strap for better hold and comfort, I would be interested to see the difference.
The Dakine Hot Lap could very well suit some body shapes or styles of riding, but for me it missed the mark. I will most definitely not be Changing from my conventional back pack any time soon.