Shimano Unzen Water Carrier

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Product Description

Shimano Accu3d Unzen U10 Hydration Pack uses the latest in cycling ergonomics and hydration pack technology to bring you to the forefront of fit and performance. Step away from the norm and let the Unzen get your back. 10 liters overall capacity with a 2

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Schutte a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2013

Strengths:    Most comfortable hydration pack I've ever owned, well thought out features, hardly any pack bounce or shifting on bumpy terrain, interesting innovations throughout the pack.

Weaknesses:    Waist belt pockets tricky to open with one hand (strong velcro).

Bottom Line:   
Discovered this at local shop Speedway Cycles and was instantly impressed with the technology of the pack. The X-cross design of the shoulder straps / harness system (which is also completely adjustable) were incredibly comfortable right away (which Shimano calls the "Rider Fit X-Harness.") And the unique pass-through main compartment blew my mind, as did the stretchy outer shell material, which allows the pack to expand slightly if you stuff it full of gear.

Inside the pack, there are convenient pouches to organize gear / tools, as well as a generous bottom compartment for those things that you access most often or need quickly. The very top has a plush padded and fleece-lined pocket for the valuables (i.e. your iPhone) that keeps things safe and dry.

The padding system (between the pack and your back) is ingenious and comfortable. The pads are in the right place to ensure maximum comfort, and the unique airflow design kept my back very cool throughout the entire day.

The hydration system is unique, the main reservoir opens / closes via an interesting fold & lock system at the top of the reservoir and is suspended inside the pack with a button & loop system. Opening the reservoir to fill is a breeze, and it can even be turned completely inside out for drying / cleaning.

The bite piece is smaller than a Camelback system, but works flawlessly and features a locking system to keep water from getting out when you don't want it to (though, on my rides with this thing, I leave it unlocked all of the time and nothing ever leaks out.)

The inaugural ride with this thing was a 20-mile ride up and over a 3,500 mountain pass in Alaska (the Lost Lake trail up to the the lake and back down the Primrose Trail side.) I stuffed the Unzen with the usual assortment of tools, snacks, a rain jacket, an extra chain, and an extra inner tube. I put some of my snacks in the velcro hip pockets, which are tricky to open while riding (my one complaint about the pack.)

Where this thing really shone was in (1) the unique pad design between the bag and my back and (2) the "Rider Fit X-Harness" which kept the bag close and tight to my body. Even on the fast descents and rocky terrain, the back hugged my body snuggly and didn't have any of the shifting / sliding / moving issues that plague every other hydration pack I own.

Can't say enough good things about this bag, it was even on sale when I got it for $80. Definitely the best hydration pack I've ever owned and used.

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Favorite Trail:   Powerline Pass

Duration Product Used:   About 20 hours of use as of now.

Purchased At:   Speedway Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Camelback Lobo, Camelback Magic, misc other simple packs.

Bike Setup:   2011 Redline Monocog Flight SS 29er (stock)

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