The minimalist Rev 6 sits higher on the back and is secured with two elastic chest bands, and its shoulder straps feature small mesh pockets for easy access when on the move.
|We were pleasantly surprised with the Rev 6's performance when on the mountain bike, despite its intensions as a trail running pack. There's a load of overly excessive bags out there, as well as many minimalist options in the form of hip bags, but the Rev offers a nice middle ground between losing your keys in your cavernous bag that doesn't seem to have a bottom, or struggling to find a spot to stow a single energy bar in your itsy-bitsy fanny pack. Fit-wise, the Rev sits higher on the back than most will be used to, with it locating up near one's shoulders rather than sagging down low, and this seems to work well when it was fully loaded with water and gear - it stayed put regardless of the terrain and speed while also being quite comfortable. |
The external bungie straps are a nice touch, making for a place to keep an extra layer of clothing, but we did find that the smartphone pocket was a bit cumbersome to access when wearing gloves. Then again, runners don't wear bulky mountain bike gloves, do they? The bag's Ironman-esque colours seem a bit over the top as well, but that's subjective. Regardless, we we impressed with the Rev's versatility, and liked the fact that it doesn't seem over-engineered yet is still great for medium length rides. - Jordan Carr
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