Polaris Aquanought waterproof pack review

Lightweight, organised and reliable

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This waterproof pack is a lightweight (492g), stripped-back offering that allows you to still take essentials out in miserable weather.

Polaris has designed the Aquanought a little differently to most hydration packs, in that the bladder (not included) fits in an external storage pouch that sits against your back, rather than being held internally. 

There’s enough space for a three-litre reservoir. The main compartment gets the full weatherproofing treatment, including waterproof YKK zips. A removable tool organiser sleeve helps neaten things up a bit.

Size-wise, the main compartment is ideal for day riding

With ten litres of storage on offer, there’s enough space to stow a spare tube, snacks, jacket and tools. Most importantly, the Aquanought kept the lot dry during testing. 

Size-wise, the main compartment is ideal for day riding. There’s a small mesh pocket on the front too, but it’s pretty small and I didn’t find it particularly useful.

The shoulder straps don’t have much padding, and the chest and waist straps are skinny affairs, but felt comfy enough. 

Overall, I found the pack easy to forget about when riding, with no discomfort and little in the way of movement. The back panel isn’t well-ventilated though, so expect to get sweaty.

Polaris Aquanought waterproof pack specifications

  • Capacity: 10l
  • Hydration: Additional capacity up to 3l (Bladder not included)
  • Pocket: Additional front mesh pocket
  • Waterproof: Yes, including waterproof YKK zips

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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