EVOC have at this time launched their new line of Path Professional again protector backpacks for mountain biking, out there in 10L, 16L and 26L capacities with two again size choices. The brand new vary of packs options EVOC’s new Liteshield PLUS backbone safety know-how, now wider and extra versatile than people who got here earlier than it, boasting influence absorption of as much as 95%.
We received the EVOC Path Professional 10L pack in to take a look at precisely you’re getting if you hand over $220 of your hard-earned money.
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Know-how First: EVOC Path Professional
The arrival of the brand new Path Professional collection comes with the primary software of EVOC’s newly developed Liteshield PLUS again safety know-how proven final summer time. Weighing a svelte 168g, the brand new backbone safety is fairly light-weight, with some flex and an ergonomic match.
EVOC say the EPP foam gives the absolute best safety for the thoracic backbone, the lumbar backbone and the coccyx. The interjacent sections present air flow channels for air circulation whereas the segmentation additionally gives noticeable flexibility.
The person components can transfer independently and adapt to the rider’s motion so it ought to all the time be sat very near your again it doesn’t matter what form you find yourself in. Security clever, it’s examined to degree 2 (EN 1621-2) requirements.
What does that really imply? Within the testing process, an anvil impactor is dropped onto the again protector. To ensure that it to fulfill degree two requirements, the common peak pressure recorded beneath the anvil within the exams should be beneath 18 kN. And, no single worth can exceed 24 kN. Extra merely, EVOC say the Liteshield PLUS again protector absorbs 95% of the influence power in a crash.
Is it snug?
The place the pack instantly interfaces the rider’s again, the identical plus shapes could be discovered within the type of raised pads. These allow additional air circulation by creating house between the backpack and the rider’s again.
The brand new EVOC Path Professional packs borrow plenty of options we’ve seen beforehand on their vary of touring backpacks, such because the Explorer Professional reviewed earlier. Cushioned wings that type the waist strap widen from the rider’s entrance round to the hips, hugging the physique comfortably and securely.
Along with the velcro waist straps, additionally they get secondary safety within the type of a buckle with adjustable size straps. The narrower chest strap closes by way of small buckle with built-in whistle, simply accessible for calling for assist throughout an emergency. The strap size and top are each adjustable.
The straps themselves are very cushioned and broad sufficient to distribute weight properly throughout your shoulders. Key to shoulder consolation are the brace hyperlinks, a characteristic seen extra generally on EVOC’s touring line-up.
These go hand-in-hand with the adjustable chest straps. As you shorten the chest strap, the 2 shoulder straps are introduced nearer collectively. The hyperlinks permit the straps to naturally angle inwards in direction of each other.
Standing at 5′ 4″, I opted for the S/M measurement choice. It took me a short time to get the match proper. I initially ran the principle physique of the pack too excessive up my again. This meant on steep trails I may really feel the pack pushing in opposition to the again of my helmet. The adjustability meant I used to be capable of decrease it additional down my again a short time retaining a brilliant safe match.
The pack’s predominant space is compartmentalized to accommodate the again protector, hydration bladder, and the remainder of your package. A velcro loop on the prime directs the hose by way of a gap, whereas a clip on the correct of the chest strap holds the mouth piece.
The EVOC Path Professional 10L pack has three pockets along with the principle compartment. The entrance pocket has six mesh compartments for retaining small issues like tire plugs, tire levers, pump, multi-tool and strain gauge stowed neatly. It’s accessed by a double-pull zipper that’s tremendous straightforward to make use of, even for those who’re sporting cumbersome gloves. A velcro patch on the prime secures it additional.
A small prime pocket is fleece lined, helpful for carrying a GoPro, goggles, sun shades, or something that you simply need to defend from scratches. The ultimate zippered pocket sits on the hip and accommodates a key clip. That is the one quick access pocket so that you’d most likely retailer a snack or multi-tool in right here. The 10L pack we examined has only one hip pocket however the bigger packs within the vary have one on both sides.
Can we suggest it?
Unreservedly. If you happen to can abdomen the worth tag, you gained’t be disenchanted. Our preliminary impressions are that this can be a high-end, tremendous top quality MTB backpack. Your cash pays for prime tech again safety and insane ranges of adjustability. And, it permits EVOC to supply a pack of two completely different again lengths.
We actually appreciated the finer particulars too; the brace hyperlinks, the whistle, air flow. To not point out the truth that you’ll be able to modify the peak of the chest strap, a characteristic that many different ladies will vastly recognize I’m positive. It’s a premium backpack at a premium worth.
What in regards to the larger packs?
The EVOC Path Professional additionally is available in a 16L and 26L choice, each out there in S/M and M/L again lengths. These bigger packs get an extra pocket for small gadgets and keys in the principle compartment. Additionally they get a rain cowl that loops across the waist straps to guard the wings as properly.
Although our 10L pack options loops for a helmet provider, this wasn’t included. It’s unclear whether or not or not that is offered individually, we’ll get again to you on that.
Pricing & Availability
The EVOC Path Professional 10L, 16L and 26L packs are available in two colorway choices; Black and Carbon Gray, or Gentle Olive and Carbon Gray. Choose them up for $220, $240 and $260, respectively. Hydration bladders aren’t included. However, EVOC do supply 1.5L, 2L and 3L bladders which can be BPA and PVC free.
- 10L: 900 g, 26 x 50 x 9 cm
- 16L: 1000 g, 26 x 50 x 12 cm
- 26L: 1070 g, 26 x 50 x 16 cm