HOW TO GO PACK-LESS
Park City, Utah
A: Thanks for writing in. We know exactly what you’re going through. Many of our test riders have moved away from bulky hydration packs and have switched to other methods of carrying the items they need on the trail.
The lightest option we can think of is wearing a bib liner with pockets on the back. Use a Velcro strap or something similar to fasten your spare tube to your frame, and then place the rest of your stuff in your bib pockets. Assuming your bike has a bottle cage mount, you can place your water bottle there; however, this method only works for 1–2-hour rides.
If you plan to do longer rides and need to carry more water, you can try using a hydration fanny pack. This would keep the weight off your shoulders without taking up too much space.
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