EVOC Stage 12L Team Pack - Review

Oct 9, 2015
by Paul Aston  
EVOC Stage 12L - Review



EVOC's beginnings date back to 2008, and it wasn't long after their inception that they became one of the go-to brands for quality riding bags and luggage. The reputation was built on innovative, functional and hard wearing products. This Stage 12L Team is part of the latest 'Technical Performance' range that is aimed towards riders who want the best performance regardless of price. Looking at the specs it sounds like everything is covered - large water capacity, good ventilation, compartmented storage and even a whistle.
Stage 12L Team Details
• Intended use: all-mountain / trail
• Brace Link
• Attachment system for protection, open and full face helmets
• Tool compartment
• Integrated rain cover
• Hydration systems up to 3 litres
• Weight: 900 grams
• Size: 28 x 50 x 9 cm, 12 litres
• MSRP: $140 USD
www.evocsports.com / @evocsports

EVOC Stage 12L - Review
EVOC Stage 12L - Review

The main feature of all the packs in the Technical Performance range is the 'Airflow Contact System', which is designed to evenly distribute the weight of the pack while maximizing ventilation at all contact points. There is no CE certified spine protector which puts it out of contention for a racing pack at events where this is obligatory, but I'm sure it adds a little more protection than nothing. The 'Brace Links' auto-adjust to fit different shoulder widths and is designed to accommodate neck braces. There are fixations for open and full face helmets, knee/elbow pads and an integrated rain cover, all of which are neatly hidden away from sight when not in use.

EVOC Stage 12L - Review
There are handy buckles to attach full face...
EVOC Stage 12L - Review
...and half-face helmets.

EVOC Stage 12L - Review
The Stage's rain cover is integrated so you can just pull it out and stretch over the pack, with no chance of it falling off or getting lost.
EVOC Stage 12L - Review
There are also straps to attach knee pads, a small sleeping bag or a loaf of chunky white bread.

EVOC Stage 12L - Review
The tool compartment works great and mesh pockets allow you to see what's where.

The hydration compartment is closest to your body and will take up to a three-litre bladder. Hoses can be routed out to either shoulder strap under small fabric hoops, although the plastic hose clip is fixed on the right-hand-side; if you're a lefty you may be left with a flappy tube. The main compartment is the size of the outline of the pack and is enough to store a jacket and some food, but isn't super deep so larger items can be difficult to squeeze in. At the top of this section, there is a small mesh pocket which has a handy carabiner to securely hook your house keys into. Two mesh pockets towards either hip are ideal for stashing gloves, gels or bars.

At the front of the pack towards the top another pocket divided into three, which is suitable for wallets, normal sized smartphones and cash. The tool compartment has a load of individual pockets for a pump, tire levers, multi-tools, patches and whatever else you might need. A zip on either side, linked by a cord, quickly opens and closes, with a Velcro backed flap at the top.

EVOC Stage 12L - Review
This closure of the tool compartment wasn't as secure as I would have liked, and I quickly oil-stained the white fabric.
EVOC Stage 12L - Review
The chest strap is easily adjusted vertically and horizontally to fit. Unfortunately, the hose retention clip is fixed on the right shoulder strap.

Issues

The white fabric on the Stage's outer compartment has a tendency to look dingy very quickly, especially since the fabric is part of the tool compartment, where grubby hands are frequently in close proximity. In addition, the tool compartment's velcro closure didn't close as securely as I would like and small items could potentially fall out. Finally, I prefer the chunkier and non-flexible waist strap of EVOC's Protector packs. At the expense of breathability, the velcro closing is quicker to find a comfortable fit and is stiffer, giving the effect of a weight-lifting belt on longer trails.



Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesAside from a couple minor quibbles, this pack scores a nearly perfect review from me. I like its clean look and how all the extras are hidden from view. It's intuitive to use, the fit and stability are superb along with the ventilation. It is the ideal size for a good day out on the bike and the multiple mesh compartments keep everything in place and easy to locate while adding little extra weight. - Paul Aston





32 Comments

  • + 42
 Note: the intended use is not enduro. Obviously useless in the current bike industry.
  • + 18
 Maybe they will ship this one to me for the Sequence Saturday a few years back...
  • + 5
 Contact EVOC directly, thats how I finally got mine after 10 months...
  • + 9
 160 $ for a 12 litters ...
  • + 42
 Cheaper than Jack Daniels...
  • + 1
 lmao
  • + 1
 12l carapils costs like 10euros
  • + 4
 I'd like to see a review of EVOC's trail builder back pack. I have my own opinions, mostly good but would like to hear how others like it so far.
  • + 1
 I've had mine for about 5 months and still love it. Very durable pack. I have a cordless drill, framing hammer, tape measure, pruners, all my nails and fasteners, first aid kit, a bunch of other crap and even my echo cs 400 saw and all the accessories with it. Even hang my gallon water thermos off one of the buckles and it's all good.
  • + 1
 Somebody needs to make a pack for carrying crosscut saws for us heathens that do trailwork on FS trails, where they don't want us using chainsaws. I keep buying more small saws just to have more options that don't involve lugging a 5' piece of steel on my shoulder for miles.
  • + 0
 It looks like a good pack, but I'm skeptical of the size. In my experience, (with a similar 12L Dakine Drafter) 12l is too big for a regular after-work ride, as all I'm really gonna bring is a hard shell, tools, water and sunglasses. For big all day rides, 12L has proven to be too small, as I want to pack all of the above plus a first aid kit, insulating layer, food (at least 1 meal), emergency gear, and any navigational stuff. On those days I've wanted ay least an 18L pack. But hey, every so often I'm out on a ride and 12L seems like a good size. So I guess it depends a lot on your riding style, and packing style for that matter. Thoughts?
  • + 3
 Can you compare this to ION's new pack which has that belt which moves away from the body?
  • + 1
 @paulaston @evocsports How is this different from the Non-team version? I can't tell using a side by side comparison on the EVOC site. And I don't see where this article explains it. (obviously color is different)

Thanks
  • + 1
 Why carry a suspension pump on a ride? Is that common? I check my pressures before the ride but never lost any air during even the longest rides.
  • + 1
 For Testing different suspension settings. Obviously not everyone does it...but plenty riders probably like to tweak mid ride to compare
  • + 1
 I don't get why companies use light coloured materials? We ride in the mud and shit gets dirty. White looks fugly with mud / oil stains. Looks good new.always
  • + 1
 when you thing about it, if you take evoc prices and divide them all by 2, you get something that begins to be near-affordable. this is all
  • + 1
 looks like a small purse....the helmets are almost as big as that tiny pack and at 165 bucks.....not
  • + 0
 thank you @mudmandhbrazil....

of course we can all say whatever we want! I'll just keep using my fanny pack. those corpse fuchers can keep their sweaty backs and heavy bags.
  • + 2
 Nothing worse than a floppy tube....
  • + 1
 ive been using this backpack for a year now. must say I love it! its awesome!!
  • + 1
 Definitly one of the best backpacks i've ever had.
  • + 1
 A giant ad on my back, and I'm paying *them $160?? No thanks.
  • + 2
 don't be silly! of course you're paying them, it's a *logo* not an *ad*. It's supposed to display how cool you are because you can afford a 160$ backpack! think if you paid that money and you didn't even get a giant logo to let everyone know about it... what a waste of money!
  • + 1
 I find myself unexpectedly craving a loaf of chunky white bread...
  • + 0
 i wanted to see a picture of the included whistle. or not...
  • + 2
 The whistle is integrated in to the white section of the buckle on the chest strap. You can just make it out on the last photo.
  • + 1
 yeah, thanks, i was being sarcastic
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