Hydrapak Jolla Review

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Bottom Line
The Jolla is a really comfortable pack, with many excellent features, such as the new bite valve, the Quantum Clip and the top carrying strap. The cavernous main, and the middle compartments were functional, and the middle’s plethora of pockets was highly useful and just darn superb. The pack is light, conforms amazingly well to your torso, and has a great fit and function. The pack tends to flop around on your back in rough terrain, especially when it was full.

Hydrapak has the best hydration reservoir bag in the business, period. This reversible bladder, greatly aids in cleaning, drying and filling, and is a simple engineering idea that is a marvel to use. The new Jolla is a pretty sweet pack, and it would be a welcome addition to anyone seeking a larger day pack.

Strengths

  • Plethora of storage pockets
  • Surge Valve
  • Quantum Clip
  • Bladder system
  • Top handle

Weaknesses

  • Pack flops around on rough trails
  • Middle compartment zipper snags
  • Lack of helmet net
  • Needs a longer zipper and opening for main compartment

MSRP: $129.99

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers


Jolla Company Specs

 

  • Hydrapak Jolla webpage http://www.hydrapak.com/products/packs/jolla/
  • Cavernous Main Compartment with Internal Pocket
  • Secondary Middle Organizer Compartment
  • Media Pocket with Dedicated Audio Port and Key Loop
  • Quad Compression Strap Down System
  • Dedicated Zippered Reservoir Pocket on Back Panel
  • Dual Side Bottle Pockets
  • Comfort Padded Should Straps
  • Soft Moisture Wicking Back Panel
  • Stowable Waist Belt
  • Weight: 2lb 6oz.
  • 1100 cubic inches (18.0 L) Gear Storage
  • 100 oz (3L)
  • 210D Baby Ripstop Nylon and 420D Double Nylon Ripstop Construction
  • Colors: Black and Ivory
About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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