Tanuki Ninja – Tenkara Fly Fishing rod

Tanuki Ninja - Tenkara Fly Fishing rod

Fishing with a fine line helps a fisher to have better contact between the rod and fly. It also helps to keep the line above the water. Tanuki Ninja is such kind of short, light and flexible rod that offers a continuous casting without any pause on breakfast as there is no mass on the line. It brings the joy of fishing by manipulating a fly to fool a fish or feel a fish in deep water.

Tanuki Ninja is the simplest and most effective way of fly fishing. This short and telescopic fly fishing rod is possibly the world’s lightest and most sensitive fishing rod. Tanuki Ninja offers most fun and ultimate effectiveness in fishing. It just requires a rod, a fly and a line and no reel is necessary. And so, it becomes easy to learn to fly fish for newbies to focus on fishing without a reel. It is also effortless to custom the line length and keep the line above the water for the dry fly. The sensitivity of this rod helps cast an excellent line without much effort.

TANUKI NINJA is a superb quality, meticulously handcrafted reel-less telescopic fly fishing rod. Tanuki is designed on the basis of Japanese tenkara fishing style which is originated for commercial anglers before hundreds of years ago. This flexible rod makes casting truly effortless and provides the anglers an additional indicator to detect a fish bite in the water.

Creating premium quality rod at an affordable price is always challenging. The manufacturer of Tanuki Ninja has created a premium quality rod which can provide consistently high performance. The Fluorocarbon line is lighter but harder to see. The power flex which is defined by line weight determines how much weight for a rod that bends down to a third of the rod. Again, casting flex is determined by fast, medium and slow. Yet, Tenkara rod is new, and so there is no standard available on it. The manufacturer still working on it.

The process of development has long been in the works. Tenkara rod engineers have spent a long time to work with the rod for being able to deliver a superb quality, crafted-with-care Tenkara rod, The simplest way of fly fishing! It has a good track record to provide consistently high performance and also offers free lifetime warranties. Since 2016 summer, this rod has been tested, and the manufacturer is also confident in the rod design. They have a plan to start delivering in early May and even ready to roll. It is featuring on international prestigious design magazines that cover best international product designs. They are just waiting for funds to begin the production. As soon as they reach their funding goal, they will buy all the materials to give them the green light.

Tactical Products to Protect Against Accidents and Other Risk Situations

Tactical Products to Protect Against Accidents: Throughout the year, you can be in different risk situations and tactical products to protect yourself against accidents can help you. Today we discover the best options for each case.

At Tienda Shoke we try to make the work of the security forces and bodies of the State much safer. However, in our store we have all kinds of security products, specially designed for different situations of risk, that can live both security agents and civilians. Today we have created a collection of the best tactical products to protect against accidents and other risk situations. Discover them!

The Best Tactical Products to Protect Against Accidents, Depending on the Type of Situation

1, RESUME Device for Car Accident: to maintain greater safety when driving in a car, it is essential that the use of the safety belt. However, if you suffer some accident, you may be trapped by the belt, and you can not take it off. Therefore, in Shoke Store we recommend that you always carry the RESQME device with you.

This device in keychain format, is a 2 × 1 for car safety, as it has a blade that allows you to tear the belt if you get stuck, as well as a glass breaker so you can break the window and leave the vehicle. In Shoke Store we also have another type of glass breaker that we incorporate our kubotanes, as in this model. The benefits of these tactical products to protect against car accidents is that they are very light and allow you to always carry them with you.

Disasters or mountain emergencies: when you make an outdoor adventure in the mountains, it is essential that you go well prepared, because as much as you know the terrain and are ready, you never know what can happen. Therefore, we recommend that you always add an emergency pack to your tactical backpack. For example, this model of MilTec is one of the complete emergency pack that exists with 43 pieces grouped in a bag of slightly a small size. Another option is to choose the Albainox first aid kit, which is much smaller and more portable but has the essential components for emergencies.

In addition to these kits, another of the tactical products to protect against mountain accidents that we recommend in SHOKE is the TIE emergency turnstile. Being prepared, its operation is quite simple to handle and helps you in the face of extreme situations, while emergency teams arrive.

Finally, if you are going to spend more time on the mountain, we recommend that you add some water purification tablets to your tactical backpack, which will ensure that you never run out of drinking water in nature.

Emergencies in the city: finally, one of the most common situations is to experience some emergency in the town, for robberies or other types of dangerous conditions for civilians. For this kind of moments, Shoke Store we have a wide range of kubotanes, like these interchangeable tips, which has a high resistance to the pair that lightness.

Also, we recommend the Fito personal protection spray pack and panic button, whose full features we tell you in this article of our blog. In short, before any attacker, the Fito personal defense spray will allow you to disable it for 15-20 minutes while escaping generating a loud sound around you, thanks to the panic button.

Emergencies are many and varied, and Shoke Store tries to provide maximum safety thanks to our tactical products to protect against accidents.

How to Calibrate a Telescopic Sight With Buying Tips

Telescopic Sight: When you buy a telescopic sight for the first time, you may have the impression that you will not know how to mount it properly on your rifle and, usually, you go to friends or professionals who can help you do it so that your viewer is fully adjusted to your gun and put to zero.

In this article, I will give you some guidelines on how you can do it yourself in a simple way and with words that you understand to make it even easier for you. This process has no mystery, and that is why, when you finish reading this post, you will realize how easy it is.

What do the numbers on a telescopic scope mean?

I am referring to the nomenclature that appears in the sights, such as 24 X 50 or 6-24 x 50, which is usually a standard format and which provide you with all the performance information you can expect.

Telescopic Sight

⇒ Fixed magnification view (ex: 24 x 50)

The first number indicates the number of times you can increase what you are looking at, in this case, it would increase 24 times the actual size. The higher this number, the greater the increase. The second number (measured in mm) is the degree of opening, that is, the diameter of the head of the scope (the front part of the scope). The higher that number, the greater the visual field and the greater the light input.

With this last point you have to be careful because the larger the diameter of the scope, depending on the rifle that you are going to use, it will force you to take it off so you can install it to the stock, so your face will be low, and it will be difficult to focus.

⇒ Look for variable magnification (3-9 x 50)

In this case, the first two numbers mean that you can increase the size of what you are seeing 3 times to 9 times. Likewise, the second number means the degree of opening or diameter of the head of the scope, which is measured in mm. These sights are ideal for all those who practice long distance shooting.

Tips for buying an excellent telescopic sight

So that the view is of good quality and allows you to work with her in all light environments, you have to spend as much or more money than the cost of the rifle. The quality of the scope is measured according to the quality of the crystals with which it is manufactured and the sharpness it offers from the environment in lousy lighting conditions.

Keep in mind that a look is not to buy it every day, on the contrary, it is possible that you change your rifle and the watch will continue to be worth it because, if you take good care of it and choose the one that best suits what you are looking for, you can last a lifetime

If you plan to use the rifle to shoot at different distances, you should opt for a variable magnification sight, while if the distances vary very little, with a fixed magnification view you have more than enough.

If you are going to use the rifle in low light conditions, I recommend that the reticle is illuminated so you can have a better view of where the point of impact is in low light conditions. You can find both fixed increase and variable increase.

The more increases the scope has, the more difficult it will be to have it stable because of the vibrations we make when holding it, so it is not necessary to have any increases if later it will cost you to hit the target.

If you can afford it, look for German, Austrian or Swiss telescopic sights, and as a second option those manufactured in the United States. In my experience, do not trust Chinese brands because they can give you a hare.

If you are looking for a telescopic sight that is polyvalent, I recommend a fixed magnification of 6 x 42. In the case that you look for a precision sight, I recommend that the reticle be fine.

How to calibrate a telescopic scope

Before zeroing your telescopic sight, you must mount it on the rifle. For this, I recommend that you place it in a place where it does not move and stay fixed so that the assembly is the best possible. Once you have done this, you have to place it on the mount, and the rings, whose separation distance between the sight and the rifle should be about 1.5 “, and tighten it leaving it slightly loose.

To align it concerning the rifle you have to find that the rifle’s rifle point coincides with the center of the point of the scope and that is where you must make the last adjustments to tighten the rings and leave it fastened.

Once you have mounted the rifle sight, you only have to go to the shooting range and do the tests to calibrate it. I leave a video so you can see visually how to do it in a fast and straightforward way.

Distance to calibrate a telescopic scope

The range to calibrate a telescopic scope will depend on the type of rifle barrel you have (not all rifles behave in the same way from certain distances), the ammunition and the kind of shot that you will generally perform.

If you are going to shoot from a distance of 14 to 60 meters, I recommend you calibrate the sight at 40 meters so that the margin of error is minimal in the minimum and maximum distance.

If instead, you want to shoot at longer distances, the first thing you have to take into account is if your cannon can make effective shots at that distance and then you should see if the ammunition is effective at those distances. You can see an example in the attached image of the caliber 308 Winchester.

Anyway, I leave you a video where you can see both the way to zero your rifle as well as the process to calibrate the scope telescope over long distances.


As you have been able to verify, calibrating a telescopic sight is not a complicated task, and I hope that, with the information and the steps to follow that I offer you in this article, I will help you to do it without problems. Remember that the diameter of the pupil of a normal eye is 7mm so if you want to make an optimal opening rule of the objective you can divide the diameter of the target between the increases, the number 7 not exceeding the result.

The Magic of Tanuki Ninja-Tenkara Fly Fishing Rod

The Magic of Tanuki Ninja-Tenkara Fly Fishing Rod

Fishing as a recreational activity has never been this interesting before. It has now been made more enjoyable following the introduction of Tanuki Ninja-Tenkara fly fishing rod. You can now have the control, freedom and choice on how to conduct your fly fishing rod technique

They are tailor-made with some of the best adjustments making them super effective on how they handle the fish catching process. Tanuki Ninja has some of the best ways that will keep you relaxed from your busy schedule whether you are into fishing for fun or commercial purposes.

Getting started with Tanuki Ninja

Following its perfect design, it’s very easy to get started with the magic rod. The rod has some of the best tricks that have been put together to help fool the fish both in deep and shallow waters. Once you buy your fishing rod you can never go wrong when you venture into fishing. They have some of the best lines incorporated making them very easy to keep above the water and offers a smooth contact between the fly and the rod.

You don’t have to hide your joy anymore when it comes to fishing and doing it right. The tool will support your fishing perfectly since it’s both sensitive and flexible at the same time. Even with your eyes closed, you can still manage a catch as the flexible and the sensitive nature that Tanuki Ninja has played a greater role. Any slight bite by the fish will affect the fine line and the sensitive part will detect the fish even deep the waters.

Benefits of Tanuki Ninja

Unlike most of the fishing methods that consume a lot of effort, Tanuki Ninja will offer you great experience following its effortless functionality. Even though the tool has been in the market for long and was originally used in Japan, technological changes have made it more advanced and suitable for modern users.

Tanuki Ninja also allows fishing at a reduced cost for it just needs a fly, rod and a line to fully have your toll in place. The rod used accommodates most of the users following its light nature and great design to enhance optimization. The whole package is simple to assemble and comes with a guide that will enable you to get started right from the time you receive it. Every aspect when using the rod has been calculated to make work easier and enjoyable.

Just using the simple technique, you will use them on both the upper and lower hand position, you can increase the angle when you push upper hand upwards. You can also achieve through the lower hand push on the forward direction towards the fish. Even though the adjustment made on the rod comes with a higher cost, they have great and simplified services to offer.

In short it can be said that this is a superb quality, crafted-with-care Tenkara rod makes fly fishing more fun and more effective in catching fish. Whether you are planning for a time out for fishing with your family or team, Tanuki Ninja will be excellent for you.

Maxofit® Deluxe Reviews and Analysis

Maxofit® Deluxe: A few weeks ago we put at your disposal a comparison of our best Freeride and Cruising longboards. I hope our selection will help you find a board that will fit your lifestyle.

We are going to present you the Deluxe MAXOfit® Drop Through now, and we will give you the technical characteristics as well as our test and opinion on this longboard.

Technical features of the Deluxe MAXOfit® Drop Through

  • Length / Width: 104 cm / 25cm
  • Use: Freeride, Cruising
  • Brand: MAXOfit® Tres Cruces
  • Materials: 9 plies of Canadian maple
  • Weight: 4 kg
  • Trucks: Reverse, Inverted Slant
  • Ball bearing: Abec 11
  • Diameter / Width of the wheels: 70mm / 51mm
  • Wheel Material: PUC SH 78A

The board :

Here we have a board with nine plies of Canadian maple which is perfect at the level of resistance and flexibility. Most planks offer only seven plies of maple and often medium qualities because some woods are composed of small knots that reduce the flexibility of the board, which makes it more brittle. MaxOfit offers us a perfect board to walk or ride, and that will also last in time!

Wheels and ball bearings:

Composed of Abec 11, the fastest bearings that exist, and Puc SH 78a wheels, which offer excellent grip, our longboard will then achieve tremendous speeds. It will be essential to pay attention to the imperfections of the road because the Abec 11 are on the other hand very fragile and you will inevitably have to change them in your life. As for the wheels I want to specify that a user exceeding the 80 kg will have to change the hardness of its wheels like that of types  83a,   90a, and 95a which are more rigid.

Pads and erasers:

Still, nothing to say for erasers and pads! They are perfect, and the components used are of good quality which offers optimal flexibility and perfect damping during turns and grinds, ideal for the Free ride!

The conclusion of the MaxOfit

It’s the best board I’ve tested that meets all the criteria to go from cruising to freeride. The wood is excellent with nine plies of Canadian maple, ABEC 11 ball bearings that offer more momentum and speed and pads and eras of good quality! The price is reasonable because we have a product that meets our expectations. However, we would have liked a broader color range or an amount more of 150 – 160 euros.

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The 7 Best Wind Anemometers | Review | Advantage & Cons

Best Wind Anemometers: You might think the wind anemometer is a very sophisticated instrument, but it is not. Nowadays there are small anemometers that you can take to the mountain, and that you connect to your mobile to do the readings. Yes, you’ve heard it well, thanks to advances in technology, you can find very cheap, small-sized anemometers that connect to your smartphone. The most common are casserole anemometers.

Best Wind Anemometers

Wind Anemometers

Wind Anemometers

Buy the anemometer that best suits your needs, and you can know precisely the wind speed. The anemometer is a handy instrument when doing mountain sports to avoid dangerous situations.

Buy your wind anemometer here

We have the best wind anemometers you can find in the market. You can also buy the new cup anemometer for a mobile phone. The cup anemometer for a smartphone is very easy to use so you have to download the application on your mobile and you’re done!

This anemometer has no digital components to transfer data to the mobile. It works correctly with smartphones with magnetometers. 4 little magnets at the base of the cups interact with the intelligent device, which in turn translates the magnetic data into the wind speed using an algorithm. To use it, you have to bring the anemometer closer to the mobile with the application open. It is not necessary to place it in the headphone jack, although it is convenient since you will get more stability. It is also compact to carry in any mountain backpack.

What is an anemometer for?

The Anemometer is an instrument that is used to measure the wind speed and is one of the major parts of a weather station. Choosing an anemometer can be complicated. You can find a lot of types of anemometers, each with its unique style and functionality. To select the most appropriate, you must take into account certain factors and aspects. These are some of the most critical elements you need to buy your perfect anemometer.

Types of wind anemometers

First, you must decide what kind of anemometer you need and are willing to buy. Here are the most popular types of anemometers that can be very useful in the mountains.

Bowl anemometer

Cup anemometers are the most common. A cup anemometer consists of 2, 3 or 4 cups that rotate on a vertical axis. The bowl turns when the wind blows, and an integrated sensor measures the rotation, which then becomes the reading of the wind speed.


  • This type of anemometer does not need to point towards the source to detect the wind speed.
  • Cup anemometers are highly reliable and resistant.


  • The anemometer will sometimes have a very high starting speed.
  • Low measurements are not studied very well.
  • In turbulent conditions, cup anemometers can underestimate wind speeds.
  • They can give bad readings due to the formation of ice.
  1. Propeller anemometers

Propeller anemometers have a mechanism similar to pan anemometers, but the sensors of a propeller anemometer are shaped like a windmill or turbine. Unlike pan anemometers, this type of anemometer must be parallel to the wind and rotate on a horizontal axis.


  • They work in environments with pollution and are more resistant and durable than other anemometers such as a hot wire.
  • Propeller anemometers can handle high wind speeds.


  • To obtain the best result or accurate readings, the unit must be pointing toward the source.
  • Anemometers with smaller propellers usually have higher starting speeds.
  • As with pan anemometers, the rotating parts of the propeller anemometers also wear out with use over time.
  1. Hotwire anemometers

Hotwire anemometers work with a completely different mechanism. In a hot wire anemometer, a thin wire inside the equipment is electrically heated, which cools when the wind flows. By knowing the current required to maintain the temperature of the fence, the hot wire anemometer calculates the heat loss and gives us the value of the wind speed.


  • It offers a low initial threshold.
  • There are no rotating parts, so this equipment lasts longer compared to the bowl anemometer or the propeller anemometer.
  • It provides high precision reading, with quick response.
  • The sensor is smaller in size.


  • Large particles of air can damage the device, so this type of anemometer is not recommended for dirty environments.
  • It is not appropriate for places with rapid fluctuations in temperature, as it would give erroneous readings.
  1. Anemometers of Pitot tubes

Pitot tube anemometers measure the wind pressure to obtain the wind speed reading. This type of anemometer has two cells: one of the machines has a central hole that measures the dynamic pressure and a lateral hole that measures the static pressure, while the other tube only has a side hole. The air velocity is calculated thanks to the pressure difference with the Bernoulli equation.


  • It can usually handle very high temperatures and airspeed.
  • Pitot tubes are tiny and can easily be inserted into the duct.
  • They do not have rotating parts, so they do not wear quickly.
  • Offers a quick response


  • The equipment must be oriented towards the wind flow.
  • It is not supported for places with very fluctuating wind flow.
  • It is not proper for areas with low airspeed.
  1. Sonic anemometers

Sonic anemometers are the most advanced. Ultrasonic sound waves are used by the sonic anemometer to measure the wind speed. The wind speed is regulated depending on the time of flight taken by sonic pulses between the transducers.


  • You can capture measurements with excellent temporal resolutions of 20Hz or more.
  • Resistant to the weather and unlikely to fail due to the effect of icing.
  • They have no rotating parts, so this type of anemometer has greater durability than the cup anemometer and the propeller anemometer.


  • Very rare and more valuable than other types of anemometers.
  • They are usually fixed and not portable
  • If a bird perches on the sonic anemometer, it can cause problems, resulting in abnormally high false wind gusts.

Accuracy assessment

When evaluating the quality of an anemometer, the accuracy rating is the most critical factor to consider. The degree of accuracy of the unit means how accurate the reading provided by a particular anemometer is. For best results, always look for an anemometer that has an efficiency of ± 0 to ± 5%.

Wind speed and response

Wind speed is an essential aspect that you should consider. A real anemometer will usually have a wind speed report that ranges from 0 to 100 mph or more. The answers provided by the anemometer should be quick. The wind speed can usually fluctuate rapidly, so the team should be able to give a quick and updated response to the reading of the wind speed.

Size and Design

The different types of anemometers come with very different sizes and designs. For example, you can find propeller anemometers with the size of the propeller more or less extensive and some pan anemometers with more or fewer cups. Propeller anemometers with huge propellers are better than the smallest ones as mentioned above. In the same way, the anemometer with 3 cups is more precise than the one with 4 cups. The hot wire anemometer with longer cables is better, since the more excellent the location of the wind sensor, the more accurate the reading will be. These characteristics are important when choosing an anemometer.


The material and the manufacture of the anemometer are necessary factors since they directly influence its durability. The anemometer will be continuously exposed to the outdoor environment and will face the most stringent weather conditions, so be sure to buy a significant and robust anemometer that can withstand the worst climates.

In general, pan anemometers and propeller anemometers cannot withstand ice, and fail due to the effect of ice, although you can buy high-end pan anemometers that can work even in freezing weather. Once again, thanks to advances in technology, there are pan anemometers and helical anemometers with shallow friction parts, which last much longer than normal ones.


The color of the anemometer is important for places that are often affected by ice. The anemometers are available in two colors, black and white. Both types are susceptible to ice formation, but black anemometers thaw faster than whites.

Other features

There are many other features that you can look at, such as electrical and mechanical components, accessibility for cleaning and maintenance, and digital pulse data that help prevent electrical interference from various sources, such as radio transmission.

Final Word

Keeping an anemometer is not a simple task, and it may take some time. Although the expensive units are the best, there are also some low-end anemometers with high functionality and durability. It does not matter what your budget is. If you consider all the circumstances specified above, you can easily find the most suitable one. Take the necessary time and select the best one.

5 Best Hydration Backpacks For Great Adventurers

5 Best Hydration Backpacks For Great Adventurers

It is essential to get hydrated, whether for a day hike or several hours of cycling. The best hydration backpack will significantly facilitate such a gesture.

A bad pack of hydration does not allow you to sip water without stopping. It would also tend not to adjust appropriately to your body.

It will fatigue you consistently, especially at the back and shoulders. You will then be slowed down in your hike or course. To avoid so many problems, choose a water bag of good quality.

Hydration packs have individual compartments to hold flexible water pockets. This allows you to take liters of drinking water with you anywhere easily. The tube attached to the tank also will enable you to drink at any time without having to stop.

There is now more than one brand of hydration bags available on the market. Making the best choice in this area can however be more comfortable than it seems. There are three critical parameters to consider. This includes the type of sports activities, the number of equipment to be transported and the amount of water needed.

The models of this comparison can effectively satisfy these different criteria. They offer the best value for this type of product.

The Best Hydration Backpacks

1. Salomon ADV Skin Hydration Backpack 3 5 Set

This bag will appeal to many running enthusiasts. The fitted design and flexible sternum strap construction make it very comfortable. It comes with a built-in 500 ml tank.

The insulated sleeve inside the back pocket can also accommodate a 1.5-liter bladder. You can easily carry a large amount of water for all your sports outings.

The fabric dries quickly and keeps the body breathing. All areas of friction were made smooth.

There are several small compartments in stretch mesh on the front and sides. These provide easy access to food, clothing, and essentials. The elastic pockets at the front can bottle of any size, even 30L.

2. Camelbak Octane XCT Hydration Pack

This model features a comfortable and slightly padded hip belt for maximum load stability. The 3-liter tank is stored in a large, separate slide opening.

It can thus be filled easily without being removed from the bag. The ventilated rear panel and the pneumatic mesh harness enhance the cooling airflow.

The Quick Link system allows you to add various accessories without much difficulty. HydroGuard technology inhibits bacterial growth on the surfaces of tanks and tubes.

However, it will not protect you from pathogenic organisms. It is therefore advisable to wash the tank after each use.

The Big Bite valve is ergonomically positioned to facilitate consumption. HydroLock closure technology safely interrupts water flow.

3. Hydration Backpack Triwonder Marathoner Deluxe

This model is made from waterproof nylon and polyester mesh. This allows him to withstand all weather conditions and effectively absorb sweat.

The food and appliances you carry with this bag are also not likely to be damaged. This is true even under torrential rain.

The Triwonder Marathoner Deluxe offers the type of storage capacity of a traditional backpack. It can be used on a variety of terrains and conditions. The wide shoulder pads spread your weight as you travel while eliminating swaying.

With a weight of 250 grams, this bag is remarkably lightweight and aerodynamic. It is equipped with a 5.5-liter tank. It is sufficient capacity for the needs of your displacements.

4. Hydration pack with reflective strips Lixada Water Bag

This product is lightweight, breathable and comfortable. It is an excellent design for camping, running, cycling, mountaineering, walking, and other sporting activities.

The interior is spacious and has enough pockets for a hydration bladder of 2 liters. You can also store a bottle of 500 ml water in addition to several small objects.

The weight of the bag is correctly distributed over your shoulders thanks to a shoulder strap with the breathable design. The outer nylon shell does not let the water through, no matter how much is spilled on it. Fixed loops hold the water tube in place.

The quick-release buckle on the front makes it easy to carry and take off the bag. The reflective strips also improve visibility and safety in the dark.

5. Hydration pack ZEFAL Z Hydro

Made of waterproof nylon, the Z Light Hydro S is compact and very functional. It has several compartments for storing your various objects. Reinforced foams enhance the comfort provided by this accessory.

The adjustable straps allow you to adapt it according to your size. The built-in 2-liter tank makes it the perfect model for hiking. This water tank is also made of PEVA without BPA. This allows it to be very resistant, easy to open and easy to clean.

The supply valve is defined as a concept of automatic opening and closing. It is, therefore, easier to drink in when you are moving. The material used for its manufacture also has antimicrobial properties. You will not get sick while drinking through.

Why Use a Hydration Backpack?

Hydration packs are especially useful for mountain bikers who are less likely to adapt their equipment to their bike. With a water tank on your back, you will no longer need to catch your bottle in the cage. You will not be too bothered to put it back in place.

A hydration pack allows you to carry more fluid than you usually would with a bottle or two. The tank is conveniently stored in the back and accessory with a pipe on the shoulder. You are therefore more inclined to take more sips during your trip to avoid dehydration.

Hydration packs can usually be used to transport other items in the kit. You can store easily accessible snacks in the pockets of the belt. Extra layers and bike tools can be stored in the central part of the bag.

How to Choose a Hydration Bag?

Hydration backpacks are primarily designed to carry water and make consumption convenient and efficient. You do not have to stop or even slow down to take a sip of water. You merely enter the drink tube connected to the included water tank. The latter is sometimes referred to as ‘bladder.’

Type of activity practiced and adjustment options

When choosing a hydration pack, look for a model that suits the activities you do. Make sure there is enough space for your water and equipment. Also, check that the bag fits the length of your torso and hips.

Additional features

You should consider extra features for your bag. One of the most useful in this respect would be an on / off switch on the bite valve. Quick disconnect tubes would also be very advantageous for this kind of accessory.

Many new backpacks do not come with a hydration reservoir. They do, however, have an inner sleeve to accommodate a tank.

Different types of a backpack for hydration

The hydration bags can be in the form of a pack or a banana belt. The backpack models are specially designed for outdoor activities. This includes hiking, running, mountain biking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding.

They all have a priori hydration reservoir included. Some, however, have water bottles instead of the tank. This last concept relates mostly to a trail or running bag.

Hydration packs for hiking

These bags are very similar to standard models for hiking. They often have enough cargo space for food, clothes and other survival gear. This type of container can be used for short hikes as for multi-night expeditions.

Bike hydration packs

These models are specially designed for road cycling and mountain biking. They are compact and come in a low profile design. They are light and stable on the back and do not create much wind resistance.

The bags designed for mountain biking are relatively large. They can accommodate additional equipment, clothing, and tools. Many of them have extra-flat belts so as not to interfere with pedaling.

Running hydration packs

The bags of this design are explicitly designed for racing. Some are called race vest. Others are called backpacks. The distinction between the two is quite vague.

Racing vests

These bags look like vests and are designed to fit the body perfectly. They look like a backpack as long as they are worn on the shoulders and back.

However, they tend to be slightly more contoured and have more pockets at the front of the straps. They do not have hip belt like most bags.

Many of these bags include special compartments for storing bottles of water on the front of the straps. Most vests also contain a hydration reservoir, sometimes sold separately. This can be very accommodating for runners who like to sip a tube.

Racing backpacks

This concept is very similar to that of a backpack that you would take for a daily hike. However, it has characteristics specific to the race. This includes a streamlined design, a single waistband, and several secure access pockets.

Some bags of this type offer more storage space than vests, especially at the back. This makes it a good choice for long journeys that require a lot of food and extra clothes.

Almost all running bags contain a hydration reservoir. Many also include pockets on the shoulder straps or on the sides for storing water bottles.

Hydration packs for winter sports

These bags are intended for activities such as skiing and snowboarding. They have been designed so that the water does not freeze inside. There is often insulation on the tank and the drink tube. The bite valve can also be equipped with a lid.

Some models specifically designed for snow sports include whip points or belts. They can be used to transport a snowboard or ski.

Hydration belts

As the name suggests, this kind of bag is worn at the waist. Many of them include water bottles instead of a tank. The cargo space is smaller than that provided with most bags.

Belts can be useful for light and fast adventures like hiking, trail running or cross-country skiing. They are very accommodating if you do not have much material to carry. It is also an interesting choice to hydrate you without being disturbed in your movements.

Capacity of a bag for hydration

The hydration pack you are going to buy must have enough water and equipment to meet your needs.

Hydration tank capacity

The water has a considerable weight. You must, therefore, think about the number of loads to carry in the purchase of a hydration pack. It is not necessary to fill the tank to the brim at each exit.

To keep your weight on shorter journeys reasonable, only take the amount of water you need. A tank of 3 liters filled with half would be sufficient for a quick hike.

It would also be suitable for a more extended adventure in a warm climate. The assessment of the necessary reservoir capacity, however, is based on more technical considerations.

0.5 liter or less

Bags with minimal water capacity are often belt models with one or two bottles of water. It is the right format for light activities such as running or walking.

1 liter or 1.5 liter

This concept is an excellent choice for minimalists, kids, and bike riders. It should also be suitable for hikers and short-distance runners.

2 liters or 2.5 liters

This tank size offers a right balance between reasonable weight and volume. This also provides a sufficient amount of water with the requirement of occasional filling.

3 liters or more

A tank of this capacity is for seasoned adventurers or those who do not want to stop to restock. They are also interesting for those who explore lands where water is scarce.

Hydration bag capacity

The capacity of the hydration bags varies from less than 5 liters to about 50 liters. To determine the space you need, think about the material you will be carrying.

Will the pack be able to accommodate a jacket? Will there be enough space for some snacks? In considering the capacity of the equipment, you will have several options available.

5 liters or less

Most of these small bags are designed for light activities. This is the case of running, road cycling and ultra-light hikes. Their compact and discreet design allows you to take only the essentials. This includes extra clothes, energy bars, keys, etc.

6 to 10 liters

Many bags in this range are designed for mountain biking or trail running. They have enough space to comfortably accommodate one or two extra blankets. You could even carry food for the day and a camera.

11 to 20 liters

These medium-sized bags are often designed for hiking, mountain biking or trail running. They have extra pockets for storage needs. The larger capacity of these models allows you to carry more clothes and food. You could also add emergency equipment and additional equipment to your package.

21 liters or more

Any hydration pack of this type is often designed for hiking. They offer enough cargo space and comfort for long hikes. This type of bag also provides excellent load support features.

Adjustment criteria for a hydration pack

After defining the type and capacity of your hydration pack, you will need to make sure it fits you perfectly. For a good fit, you must have two requirements. The first is that the size should be tailored to the length of your torso rather than your overall height.

The second is that the bag has a comfortable grip on your hips. If it is a model without a hip belt, consider only the length of the torso.