Sometimes bad things happen. Even a light-duty cross-country ride or some casual backcountry exploring can result in injury. In the event that you happen to embrace this reality and still want to go fast, the FR Lite Protector Hydration Pack is there to provide some added protection to your backside in the event of a crash, even if it seems wholly unlikely.
Like many other Evoc packs, the FR Lite (FR standing for Free Ride) is made primarily of an ultra-tough and water-resistant blend of PU-coated ballistic ripstop nylons, with Air Mesh paneling along the rear to promote breathability to keep you cool. The result is an amazingly light and comfortable but bombproof pack that fits flat and feels minimal. The FR Lite is the smallest of Evoc's Protector series, but it still boasts a generous 10 liters (size M/L) of cargo volume for all-day adventures or a race stage or two, and can accommodate a hydration bladder up to 3 liters in size (not included). Dedicated smaller pockets for your cellphone, a map, and sunglasses boost utility, too, along with reflective webbing and a light clip to make you more visible when riding at night.
No description of an Evoc FR Protector pack would be complete without highlighting the technology that gives it its namesake. All Protector packs are CE-certified with Evoc's Liteshield Back Protector, a system featuring a super-light plate of temperature-insensitive materials — like an EPS core and foam damping layers — that reduce shock to the spine by up to 95% in the event of an accident. Completely replaceable in the event of being damaged, the ISP (Integrated Spine Protection) plate and its associated materials only add approximately 150 grams to each pack into which the system is integrated, making the decision just that much easier for riders who ride hard and push their limits.
The FR Lite Protector Hydration Pack comes in two sizes, Small and Medium/Large, which should be chosen based on the rider's height (170cm in height is the approximate boundary between the two). The pack comes in the colors Team Sky and Black.
- PU-coated ballistic ripstop nylon with Air Mesh panels
- 10 liters of cargo volume
- Accommodates hydration systems up to 3 liters
- CE-certified with Liteshield Back Protector Technology