Shimano Unzen 2 Hydration Pack
Lightweight and low-profile
Shimano’s lightweight, low-profile Unzen 2 pack is designed to take the hassle out of having your pump, tube, car keys and food bouncing around in your shirt pockets – something that can drive you bonkers when you’re concentrating on your ride. And with many dual-suspension MTBs only able to carry one mainframe-mounted water bottle, the Unzen’s two-litre bladder makes carrying – and more importantly, accessing – your ‘second’ bottle a lot easier and safer. Plus, your hydration pack won’t suddenly bounce off your back, as seatpost-mounted bottles tend to do on rough terrain.
Comfortable and adjustable
All Shimano packs use the ‘Rider Fit X-Harness’ design, in which two straps fasten together, using a small buckle positioned between men’s pecs and women’s you-know-whats. The buckle has three clip positions, which are easily adjusted – looser for climbing, and tighter for descending. Something I really liked was the independent height adjustment for the Unzen’s harness, which allows the pack’s fit to be fine-tuned to any shoulder width or length of back.
The high-quality two-litre Hydrapak bladder never once leaked, featuring as it does Hydrapak’s bulletproof ‘fold and slide’ sealing system. A detachable hose, coupled with a vertical zip running the length of the pack, made refilling a breeze. In terms of storage, the Unzen features two zippered pockets, ideal for small tools, your phone and your car keys, while an elasticated strap will hold your raincoat or gilet. This is not a high-volume, all-day pack; but it will suit riders looking for a great-fitting, lightweight storage and hydration solution.