Two amazing things that occurred last September 30, 2018 at Agoncillo Lemery, Batangas : 1st was the 6th Leg of the Enduro Alliance entitled ‘Enduro Barako Attack’, and 2nd it was my birthday! 🙂
Located 3 hours South of Metro Manila, Agoncillo, Batangas was one of the most anticipated venues for the Enduro Alliance since the race tracks are known to be natural – local residents use the race tracks on a daily basis – flowy, with beautiful scenic views overlooking Taal Volcano, and few technical portions with added spices from combination of deadly ascends that would really test the endurance and power-pedaling of the riders. A record-breaking of 300+ riders joined this year’s race and absolutely had a blast on the tracks.
Being a first-timer to join the race in Batangas, and with very limited time to do some track-reads, I did not anticipated the hellish Liaison that is about to greet me during the race day. I say hellish, because simply put climbing the 11 km of pure ascend made me question my life choices hahaha
But given the fact that the LS2 has been really challenging which almost pushed me to the edge, the entire race experience for me has been one of the most pressure-free, fun and with the most enjoyable tracks I’ve ever ridden.
Ever wondered what the racers are carrying during races? Do they carry backpacks, belt bags or no bag at all? Well, I was curious, (and guilty knowing that I myself was never a light-packer) I wanted to know what are the essentials the riders carry nowadays. So I interrupted their peace while resting after the strenuous liaison and had a little chat with them 🙂 check out the video below:
So what are the best MTB backpacks nowadays?
If you are currently looking for backpacks that would suit your body type, riding style and can carry all the essentials you need, I took the liberty of asking the top bike shops around Metro Manila on what bags are available in their shops and are trending all year round :
LEATT HYDRO BAGS
Aside from their superb quality of Enduro and Downhill bikes, Spokes and Gears Cycle Shop is also an exclusive distributor of Leatt gears, apparel, and hydro bags. Hydration DBX XL 2.0 Fuel, Hydration DBX Mountain Lite 2.0, and Hydration DBX Enduro Lite are just one of the few bags available and can be ordered in the shop. Unique design, lightweight, with chest harness and shoulder adjuster, Leatt bags comes in different shapes and sizes that would fit any body type and usage. It comes with a standard Horizon Cleantech bladder that allows you to sip your water either over the shoulder or under the arm for total flexibility during your ride. Another thing you’ll surely gonna love about Leatt bags, is that it is designed with a full-face MTB helmet and neck brace carrier system for your convenience, plus the outer material is water-resistant with maximum storage and compartments, it even comes with waterproof cellphone pocket! Sick! Price available upon request.
Location : 526 Gen. Luis st. Paso de Blas Valenzuela City 1442
Contact Number/s : (02) 990-2432 / (+63) 928 865 3508
Facebook : Spokes and Gears Cycle Shop
Instagram : @spokesandgearscycleshop
CAMELBAK CLASSIC HYDRATION BAG
From cycling apparels, accessories, to bike parts, CJG Bikestation is one of the bike shops around Metro that has it all. The owner of the shop is hands-on in making sure that the clients met their utmost satisfaction when it comes to their bike services, or by simply giving a prompt reply to any inquiries. The Camelbak Classic Hydration which now comes with the new Crux hydration system is available in different eye-catching hues to suit any color preference. Known as makers of durable pieces and is one of the leading sports and outdoor brands in the industry, this bag now comes with 20% more water per sip, has reflective accents that makes the carrier more visible on the road, lightweight with breathable back mesh harness, and secured zippers in case of sudden rain. Price available upon request.
Location : 97C Bayan Bayanan Avenue, Marikina Heights
Contact Number/s : (02) 945 1872 / (+63) 939 924 5969
Facebook : The New CJG Bikestation
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
SANDUGO CYCLING BAGS
A proudly-Filipino brand, Sandugo started out as a sandals and slippers manufacturing company in Philippines and has expanded through the years with a wide range of outdoor products such as shoes, apparels, and bags. Not only are their products durable and comfortable to use, they are also affordable without sacrificing good quality. Their new Vessel Hydration Pack comes in three colors, Red, Black and Blue. This backpack can house up to 3L of hydration bladder with multiple compartments and internal pockets for all the bike tools you’ll be needing for the ride. The secure fit allows you to move freely and the hydration bladder hose can either be used on the left or right should strap. It also has side and from kangaroo pouches where you can store your tire pump. Vessel Hydro Bag : Php 1,195.00 / Pilot Bag : Php 1,845.00
Location : To find a store near you, click here.
Contact Number/s : (02) 647 7903 / (02) 647 7921 / (02) 576 1466 / (02) 682 6145 / (02) 682 6474
Facebook : Sandugo Online Shop
Instagram : @sandugo_official
LAGALAG LAMON 15 HYDRATION BACKPACK
Lagalag is another proudly-Pinoy brand that creates great quality products for outdoor-adventure and travel since 1998. Their product range includes outdoor apparel, gears, sleeping bags, accessories and also hydration bags. Their Lagalag Lamon hydration bag from their TecPack series is specifically designed for the need of multiple-use pack. Suitable for hikers, trail runners and Enduro MTB riders, or simply outdoor bag enthusiasts, this bag is made of tough and water-resistant 420D Nylon, has easy access pockets for all your essentials, built-in rain cover and can carry up to 3L hydration bladder. You may visit their shop at Lower Ground Floor Main Bldg. North Edsa, or if you don’t have the time to visit, you may find their products at various online shops such as Lazada, ebay, iprice and facebook. Price : Php 1,955.00
Location : Lower Ground Floor Main Bldg, SM City North Edsa, Quezon City
Contact number : (02) 294 7145
Facebook : Lagalag Store Manila
Instagram : @lagalagexploration
AMIHAN DUPLEX BELT BAG
If you’re the type of rider who prefers light weight and doesn’t carry a lot, then this Amihan Duplex Belt Bag might be perfect for you. Don’t underestimate this bag’s capability to carry your essentials because of it’s size; it has multiple quick access compartments that can carry your phone, keys, wallet, even tablet. It’s unique feature is its dual water holder on each sides, giving you an easy access during hikes, biking and other outdoor activities. Price : PHP 1,300.00
Location : Basekamp Store 2nd Flr. Fairview Terraces Mall, Quirino Highway cor. Maligaya Drive, Novaliches Quezon City
Facebook : Basekamp Fairview Terraces
Instagram : @basekamp_ph
CAMELBAK SKYLINE LR 10 BACK PACK
One of the highly recommended bike shops around Metro, the Bike Town Cyclery‘s ambiance exudes a feeling of being in a whole new cycling world 🙂 The bike shop is complete from gears, cycling apparels, top of the line bike brands and accessories and is also known for being updated on new trends. Located in the center of Makati’s business district, Bike Town is very accessible to riders residing on the south of Metro Manila. The Camelbak‘s newly redesigned Skyline Low Rider Pack is downhiller’s number 1 choice of bag and is available at the store. This bag’s ergo-dynamic has been carefully thought of by the makers of the bag; by shifting more weight and support to the lumbar region, it gives the rider more stability when riding, giving the upper body more space to move. It has a secure stow-away straps for your full-face helmet, armor, knees and elbows pads, it also includes tool organizer roll, and many other pockets within reach. Added by the 3-liter Crux reservoir to keep you hydrated, and you’re good to go! Price : PHP 4,800.00
Location : 2440 Chino Roces Ave. Makati City
Facebook : Bike Town Cyclery
Instagram : @biketowncyclery
So there! I hope this tiny list helped you gain an understanding on what is suitable for your use and body type. You may check the featured bike shops’ websites/facebook pages or you may visit their stores and try the bags out for yourself 🙂 Happy shopping!
Keep hydrated and stay safe on the trails!