Nathan Simpsonwrote a review of Patagonia Nine Trails 8L Waist Pack on August 14, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have been riding the 3L EVOC race hip pack for multiple seasons and have found very little issues with it and has been my #1 recommended hip pack for a while. I have recently been really impressed with Patagonia bike offerings and would highly recommend the Dirt Roamer jacket for emergencies or cool weather rides. So when I saw these were available and talked to a customer who had purchased one I was excited to give the pack a few test runs.
1st off - hip packs have become super popular as many people are looking to get more material off their back for better ventilation and comfort. A lot of accessories and clothing have also become more packable and versatile lowering the number of different items you need to bring with you to stay prepared on the trail.
Things I loved:
-The volume of the pack is perfect. fits the full bladder, dirt roamer jacket, trail tools really well and I like to bring a mini pump, shock pump, and tube along on all my rides.
-Carries my knee pads with the extra straps hidden in the accessories compartment
-Fits 2 bottles plus the bladder in case you want to bring it on bigger rides or use without the bladder - or fits a spare tube rather well... If you are going with a full bladder and 2 bottles might be time to think about keeping the pack.
Things to consider:
-I am 5'11" and felt that the bladder tube was a bit short - I ha to remove the hose from the routing to get enough length
-the hose clip to hold it in place is simple and gimmick-free - however, I flipped it upside down to make it easier to clip back in place with 1 hand.
-My customer wished this came with some compression straps to hold the weight closer to her back or compress the bag when not full.
Overall - great pack and a great option for your local laps!