Dakine Hot Laps 2L Bike Waist Bag

When hip packs first came onto the mountain bike scene, like anything else new, it was met with hesitation, scrutiny and high-school politics about how they’re “not cool” or how they’re only for turbo enduro riders. I still standby the fact that these silly associations are made by those who’ve never really given them a proper go, and if you have and you didn’t like them… well, you’re silly because hip-packs are the tits.

Now, I’ve never enjoyed wearing backpacks whilst riding. Sweaty back syndrome is grim, and I have enough pressure on my shoulders from my boulder-holder, that I don’t want to add to that so I’ve always been an advocate of pockets, frame bags and straps – anything that takes the weight off of my body. So when hip packs became more prevalent, I became more intrigued. As I do for people and product, I reserved judgement until I give it a fair chance. Since trying out the EVOC Hip Pack Pro 3L, I’ve been converted to hip packs, I think they’re brilliant and solve a lot of inconvenience for me – However, I do still use a beast of a bag for when I’m guiding.

Dakine Hot Laps 2L Bike Waist Bag
This didn’t even fill the bag up!

The Dakine Hot Laps 2L Bike Waist Bag is constructed from a blend of bluesign® approved 200D nylon ripstop and 600D polyester, this bag may be cute and wee, but it’s tough, durable and ready for anything. Additional features of this hip pack include a breathable air mesh back panel to promote air-flow, a super soft fleece-lined phone pocket, smaller internal mesh pocket, a water bottle pocket and a safety light attachment. This bag is designed for, well, Hot Laps! Quick blasts around a trail, short post-work rides and all the mini adventures in between. With a capacity of 122 cubic inches (2 litres), you can fit a surprising amount of stuff inside, if you’re a pro at Tetris.

Dakine Hot Laps 2L Bike Waist Bag: Verdict

Dakine Hot Laps 2L Bike Waist Bag
Could totally stuff a jacket in there

As I mentioned earlier, I’m a big hip-pack fan. I think they’re fab for taking the weight off your shoulders and for keeping cooler whilst riding. This wee hip pack from Dakine is absolutely ideal for quick laps around a trail as it allows you to carry your bare essentials neatly and comfortably in the small of your back. Of course, Dakine do larger hip-packs which can accommodate more stuff, and also come with a hydration bladder – so, it all depends on your needs when choosing a size. Despite the thick and durable outer fabric and the soft inner lining, the Dakine Hot Laps 2L hip pack is not fully waterproof. It’ll be alright in puddle splashes and showers, but your contents may get a little damp, so keep that in mind when storing things like your phone and biscuits!

Only available in one-size with this awesome mint green retro design, the Dakine Hot Laps 2L hip pack is available here for €40.

I was pretty surprised that this hip pack retails for just €40 / £36. I think it’s because most things in the MTB industry are pretty expensive, even if it’s a plain polyester jersey, and yet, I don’t think £36 is extortionate for this crafty little storage devil.

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