Review: Ergon BX1 hydration pack

Great minimalist pack for the daily rip around your local trails

Hydration
Ergon’s BX1 pack offers a simple, efficient means to carry your daily ride essentials and hydration. Utilizing Ergon’s Adaptive Carry system, the BX1 features a sleek, low profile stature while offering 7-liters of carrying capacity.

Ergon’s BX1 pack offers a simple, efficient means to carry your ride essentials. Utilizing Ergon’s Adaptive Carry system, the BX1 features a sleek, low profile stature and seven liters of carrying capacity (click to enlarge).

Lowdown: Ergon BX1 Hydration Pack

Known for its ergonomically designed, German engineered products, Ergon offers a quality lineup of diverse mountain bike hydration packs. Positioned in the “racing” category, the BX1 provides 100 fluid ounces of hydration capacity, plus just enough extra space for your necessities. An aluminum brace provides the otherwise simple pack with some solid structure, while the four raised back pads offer decent weight distribution. At 519 grams, the BX1 is surprisingly light for its structural integrity. Constructed from ripstop nylon with water resistant zippers, it also does well no matter what the weather, keeping gear dry and protected even when riding in a light rain storm.

Fit of the BX1 is comfortable and it offers ample adjustability, though maybe not as much as other brands. The shoulder straps fit comfortably despite the minimalist padding. Loaded weight is evenly distributed through the shoulders and waist strap with Ergon’s “Adaptive Carry System” that keeps weight close into the back. Riders looking for a minimalist pack for short day rides or riders who prefer to carry only the essentials will appreciate the BX1’s simplicity and minimalism. If you like to carry everything but the kitchen sink even on the shortest of rides, the BX1 is not for you.

Stat Box
Actual Weight: 519g Recommended Max Load: 8lbs (4kg)
Storage Capacity: 427 cubic inches (7 liters) MSRP: $90
Sizes Available: Regular and Large Rating: 0 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4 Chilis out of 5
Material: Ripstop Nylon and Polyester

Pluses
Minuses
  • Small minimalist design
  • Limited carrying capacity
  • Excellent weight distribution
  • Lightweight material
  • Weather resistant materials
  • Centered hydration hose routing
  • Just enough simple organization
  • Small waist belt pockets
  • Sizes available
  • One large compartment and small front pocket
  • German engineering

Review: Ergon BX1 Pack

Being prepared on the trail is key to a quality ride, but lugging around a heavy, over-engineered pack is often too much for most rides. If this sounds like a familiar problem, the Ergon BX1 might be the solution. It’s a comfortable minimalist pack that allows you to carry the necessities without unnecessary bulk.

The adaptive carry system features a low slung design that helps spread the weight of the pack between both shoulder straps and the hip belt. It also helps keep the weight close to the rider’s body by pulling the weight from below.

The Adaptive Carry System features a low slung design that helps spread the weight of the pack between both shoulder straps and the hip belt. It also helps keep the weight close to the rider’s body by pulling the weight from below (click to enlarge).

Designed in Germany, it has just enough going on to be comfortable and functional without being too much. Weight is distributed through Ergon’s Adaptive Carry System that is focused on keeping the pack’s loaded weight in close to the rider, thus spreading it out between the shoulder and waist straps.

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About the author: Jordan Carr

When not spreading his passion for singletrack as one half of the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew along with his girlfriend Leilani Bruntz, Jordan Carr can be found pedaling, hiking, skiing, or posted up at a local brew pub enjoying a beverage. Having spent more than half his life riding all types of bikes at almost every type of cycling event, Carr loves the freedom two wheeled travel has brought to his life. Having spent many years behind the stand at a bike shop, he’s tested mountain bike products for a number of publications. Follow Carr and Bruntz's adventures as they travel the country promoting trails and mountain biking on Facebook and Instagram.


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