First Look: EVOC's New Hip Pack and Frame Bags - Garda Trentino 2019

May 4, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  
EVOC always seem to be rolling out new gear and have consistently worked to create solutions for carrying ride essentials. We had a chance to catch a sneak peek at some of their new gear, which will be available late this year, at the Riva Bike Festival in Italy.

The trend for the last few season seems to be getting as much gear off of your back as possible, something that I can fully support - I detest riding with a backpack. EVOC has answered that with a few new additions to their lineup that will be available this summer. The frame bags are available in two colors, heather grey (shown) and gold. The race belt is available in black and blue.

Multi-Frame Pack


EVOC's Multi-Frame pack is designed to be mounted on the bike between the top and down tube, but is adjustable enough to mount all over. It has a wide range of adjustments to help it fit snugly via velcro fasteners and is made out of rubberized materials designed to hold things in place and not damage or scratch up your frame.

It can transport tools, a pump, food, a spare tube, and whatever else you may need. The pack is constructed out of abrasion-proof and water-repellent materials. There are small and medium sizes that will sell for $45 and $50 USD, respectively.
The rubberized straps can be mounted in various positions to accommodate different frames or mounting preferences.



Top Tube Pack


Top tube packs seem to be becoming more popular with mountain bikers, even those who ride aggressively, because they keep items easily accessible. EVOC's take on this pack has a similar construction to the Multi-Frame pack. It's abrasion-proof and water-repellent and has rubberized velcro straps that attach to and protect the frame.

There is room inside for essentials like food, your keys, a C02, plug kit, etc. Additionally, there is a charge port that allows a cable from a power block to keep your computer running when you're ten hours in and Strava is still a thing. The top tube pack sells for $40.



Race Belt


The Race Belt was designed for racers or riders who are traveling light and fast, and can be worn under a jersey. The Airoflex hip belt is soft and made to be comfortable for long periods of time, stretching and conforming to the shape of your body.

It has an air pad system on the back to allow for maximum ventilation. The pockets on the belt have small patches of velcro at the top to keep everything in place. There is also a zippered compartment and a loop strap for a small pump. The Race Belt is $45.

There's ventilation on the back and the belt is designed to keep everything comfortably in place for long periods of time.
A zippered pocket keeps your essentials safe.



90 Comments

  • + 33
 You can also get awesome companies like Alpine Threadworks (as an example) to custom sew you a frame bag, specific to your frame. For probably the same price or cheaper.
  • + 33
 As a Santa Cruz Grassroots Pro, I have Alpine Threadworks Bags that works perfectly and has been raced with internationally at many enduro and xc races. It is the single bag I am most proud of and supporting these crafts at the highest level is where we can continue to circulate our investments in people that actually care about riding and making the experience better, rather than padding the corporate accounts of large companies. These bags are lighter, more durable, have the perfect fit for your frame model and size, and are truly unique.

I am not sponsored or affiliated to these companies, yet am willing to put my foot out for them as examples. I rarely do so.

Here is the link to your custom bag: www.alpinethreadworks.com/products/performance-satchel.html

Another company to note is Alpine Luddites based in Colorado.
Alpine Luddites: alpine-luddites.myshopify.com/collections/bike-bags
  • + 1
 @nitishnag: Those look awesome! I might order either that or the EVOC sometime so I can ride without a backpack or stuff in my pockets
  • + 8
 That fanny pack is straight hip hop.
  • + 11
 @nitishnag: Appreciate the props!
  • + 31
 I'm grateful for the props! Thank you. (Alpine Threadworks owner)
  • + 4
 Or Rogue Panda, Jpaks, Oveja Negra. So, so many small local businesses making custom packs.
  • + 9
 Nothing makes me happier than comment sections derailing away from the product being marketed in the post. Thank you everyone. Alpine Threadworks looks cool!
  • + 4
 I've got an Alpine Threadworks touring backpack and duffel and love them dearly! Could not recommend them enough
  • + 8
 @Shchekich: same here. I have two Alpine Threadworks backpacks used for skitouring and bikepacking. I have an Alpine Threadworks hydration pack.

All three packs have well over 100 days on them and are flawless. Plus I customized features to fit my needs.

Added to that @nwarren ( the Alpine Threadworks owner) is a working stiff in Calgary hand-crafting bomber gear for a price less than offshore production. Now I have absolutely nothing against offshore production quality but in this day and age to be able to support a Made In North America product that is less expensive and higher quality; well that's something special
  • + 4
 @Shchekich: wrd homie. Thanks for the love. Glad you're happy.
  • + 2
 Neil is top notch with a great product
  • + 3
 neat. Will keep alpine threadworks in mind for future.
  • + 4
 @leelau: Damn. I have never heard of Alpine Threadworks. And I live in Calgary. Perfect timing on this. I will be tracking them down.
  • + 2
 Agree with everything but the last sentence. An AT Cox Fanny pack is 100USD more than the EVOC. ID STILL have the Alpine btw..... im just saying.
  • + 1
 @SmallBrownDogMTB: Thank you!
  • + 1
 @Blacksheep3854: Thank you!
  • + 1
 @leelau: Thanks Lee!
  • + 2
 @nwarren: Best quality frame bag I ever had (I included it in the sale of my Nomad 3). Totally agree with @leelau if you can buy local especially when the quality is there one should.
  • + 1
 @andrewbikeguide: Thanks dude!
  • + 1
 @nwarren: what kind of payments do you accept? I'm interested but don't have a credit card or paypal, do you accept debit e-transfers? If not I could get a prepaid visa or something
  • + 1
 You should also take a look at Stealth Bike Bags in NZ, awesome craftsmanship
  • + 3
 @leelau: It was actually an article you wrote ages ago that turned me onto Alpine Threadworks! A multi day bike trip that you took your Selkirk pack on.
  • + 2
 @Shchekich: awesome!! That pack is going on 5 years now
  • + 26
 I just took my grandmother’s girdle and sewed some velcro and pockets on it. Not only does it hide my tools, but gives me that oh-so-sexy XC racer look. Win win win.
  • + 11
 I wear an EVOC armored backpack on every ride, and I can't imagine riding without it now. I've walked away from some heavy crashes in the past year, and I don't even notice the thing on me, even with 1.5 liters of water, and every tool, snack, and common spare part I could possibly need. I just don't understand losing the protection of a backpack in order to move your shit to a fanny-pack . Frame bags may make sense for racing, but I'm not wholly convinced.
  • + 5
 Agreed! I like having some protection for my spine.
  • + 7
 Continuing your point toward the fanny-pack, it just doesn't make good sense to strap on all your junk and make an impact fulcrum across your lower back.
  • + 3
 I used to wear an Evoc pack with protector. Now I wear an Alpinestars bib with protector and a hip back. Lighter weight, much better ventilation, more freedom of movement, and less bouncing around on descents than a pack. I also put all tools on the frame, so one less thing to injury you if you land on it.
  • + 6
 I am so off trend. I always wear a pack, even on short rides. i can fit enough for a cold wet ride in my 15L Osprey and even when just holding tube, pump, trail tool, keys, water and snack it has save my back and my ride plenty of times. Just this week I had an OTB on a steep rooted step section and rolled out over rocks with 0 injuries to impress the missus with.
  • + 7
 Dear Evoc, just please don't follow the others and keep the hip bags for it's buyers and bring us light, wearable a breathable backbone protector with a 2/3 of the stash space that race belt has.
  • + 8
 everything old is new again... Smile cool packs thou!
  • + 8
 I remember having a pack at the top and seat tube corner, in elementary school. Good times..
  • + 4
 @macross87: ditto! That "corner carry" pack was one of the first accessories you "had" to have... Trendz ????

Course early days while following animal tracks through the woods/desert you expected to end up carrying your bike a few times each ride and that pack was much nicer on the shoulder...
  • + 4
 @macross87: Gotta put your sony walkman in there (if it even fits - haha) with the wrap around the back headphones and jam out to smashmouth/offspring/sum41/etc. on the way to school. Maybe hit some curb jumps on the way.
  • + 6
 @dglass: lol, I had that but listened to Rush
  • + 2
 Somebody should invent a pannier rack that attaches to the seatpost...
  • + 2
 @giantcop: as long as it's a minimalist race "Enduro" version... Smile
  • + 2
 @macross87: mine came free with a few packets of soft cheese.
  • + 3
 I remember the day I stopped using frame bags. The year was 1992.
  • + 3
 @giantcop: I've got one, topeak
It fits onto the seat post and it's quick release
  • + 5
 So how do people carry enough water for a 4hr ride without a backpack? Where does the 1st aid kit go? I get the idea of bagless and for short rides but that's not most rides round here
  • + 6
 Water filters and under-preparedness seem to work well for me.
  • + 2
 MSR trail shot filter works around here because there are streams and ponds all over. Other places like Moab that won’t really work.
  • + 4
 @Someoldfart: No, Moab is just where you end up hallucinating.
  • + 1
 Full sized water bag with storage, hot, heavy, but beats being broke down/injured/dehydrated.

Waist bag for shorter days, riding close to home.

Being underprepared is for stoopid people, which is okay cuz Darwin needs the numbers Wink
  • + 4
 So we've spent the last ten years being told 'you must spend x thousands of dollars to make your frame as light as possible' and now all of a sudden it's ok to put a whole bunch of junk back onto it?? Seems like all those weight arguments weren't so important after all hmmm?
  • + 3
 I've tried it all over the years, and I prefer to keep my bike light and snappy and carry everything in my trusty ol' expandable hydration backpack. I won't even strap a tube to my frame. There's something immensely fun to me about keeping the steed as raw and unencumbered as possible, whipping it around climbing turns and throwing it any whichway during airtime.
  • + 2
 Now, now...no one's ever told you you had to do anything...there's more to riding bikes than racing, where the weight does matter, right? Then again, I guess everyone's trying to 'win' the Saturday group ride these days?
  • + 4
 Invisible hip pack .... brilliant, great.

Or maybe you just stuff all what´s needed into back pockets of your XC jersey (like road/all cyclists used to do for decades before enduro)?

Revival never goes out of style
  • + 4
 Does the belt have a place for water bottles? The main reason slot of people wear a full pack is hydration. If there are no bottle holders this belt isn’t replacing the pack for many people.
  • + 1
 They already have a hip pack with a bladder.
  • + 23
 Bravo, you have just discovered why a frame should have water bottle mounts.
  • + 1
 As an O.G. fanny pack user in the late 80's...which were leather, quite slim(glorified money belts most of them)...the bag was for I.D./keys/minimal tools/snack bar...full ridgid bikes with 2-3 bottle mounts and a pump.
I'm back to this setup.....slimmer belt for essentials other than water...water is back on the frame.
  • + 9
 @loopie: And don't you remember all those years ago when the camelbak came out and you realized how awesome it was to have the hose you could use to hydrate? Seems we're just going backwards. Change for the sake of change.
  • + 1
 Looks like the pockeets might be big enough for a water bottle, but I'd like to know as well.
  • + 1
 Real racers use OPs water
  • + 2
 @trillot: not to mention these frame bags were on trend at the same time. I still remember using one of those back in the '90s, when I was doing what now is called "bikepacking"...

With our wet winters, discovering the Camelback felt like a revelation. No more dirty bottles, no more stopping during your ride to pick up that one the cage wasn't able to hold, and no more saddle/frame bags.
  • + 3
 @lkubica: some of us ride long enough where two bottles is nice, one on the frame and another on the hip to swap
  • + 1
 @trillot: Oh yeah...I hear ya. Decent chance I'll end up back with a regular pack and no water on the bike(I do hate adding weight to the bike)...or maybe try a fanny with water. But I dunno if a heavy fanny pack makes sense either...stability and all that.
For the record...I only starting 'pedaling' again last yr....been DH'ing only for a couple decades Smile
  • + 5
 Hello the 80's & 90's are calling ... lol I'm not trolling, I think these look great but the bike industry does love to recycle old ideas & call them new.
  • + 3
 If you want to launch a line of bags to be mounted on a bike there is no better place than Garda bike festival. World capital of saddle bags and bar ends. SWorks Enduro with rear view mirror on the bar. Only at Garda
  • + 2
 Sounds like Korea. $10,000 Moots Ti hardtails, fully 'farkled' and ready for path riding.
  • + 5
 Also available on AliExpressu for 1/10th of the price.
  • + 1
 Yes, but Pinkbike don't review those :-)
  • + 1
 Ali Express, no other place sells so many products using the word “original item”.
  • + 4
 SWAT pisses on all this stuff.
  • + 2
 Every one thinks frame bags are lame! Now that evoc makes them, they are the new big thing!!! ????
  • + 6
 They're not.
  • + 2
 Not sure yet. We’ll see how Down Country plays out. So far saddle bags are a DC thing
  • + 4
 It's just a fn bag
  • + 2
 7 pictures of a single, quite simple frame bag??? It seems as though the wheel has been reeinvented.
  • + 4
 There's two different (but similar looking) ones. So four of one, three of another.
  • + 2
 Given the size of phones these days, I bet that zippered pocket wont even fit a big XL phone.
  • + 3
 Why would you take XL phone on a bike ride in the first place? I personally wouldn’t mind an XS phone with XXL camera. Actually a camera with phone would be tits.
  • + 1
 Just ordered that awful green Dakine hotlaps butt bag before clicking this article.
  • + 2
 Water bottle, frame bags, back to the 90'!
  • + 1
 Glock fits perfect in them.
  • + 1
 All of these products look amazing. Great prices too!
  • + 1
 A little dissapointed there is no integrated hip protection.
  • + 2
 Hype packs
  • + 1
 Fanny packs did not originate in Fanny Bay, BC it turns out.
  • + 1
 "race belt" lol
  • + 0
 YEEEES!! Hip packs FTW !
  • + 0
 Any release date and pricing info available?
  • + 0
 Racebelt...
  • - 1
 Bring back the saddle bag!
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