Tsuga Announces the Eldorado Hip Pack Collection

Jun 21, 2022
by Tsuga  

PRESS RELEASE: Tsuga

We’re excited to introduce our newest modular and low-profile hip pack collection – the Eldorado. The Eldorado Collection features a line of high-performance hip packs designed to help riders stay hydrated and well-prepared without getting in the way of the mountain biking experience. Our modular hip pack system offers a fully customizable experience with three interchangeable pouch sizes, two waistbelt variations, and an adaptable bottle holder and storage system.

Eldorado Hip Pack
Eldorado H2O Hip Pack
The Eldorado Hip Pack s interchangeable pouch sizes
The Eldorado's three interchangeable pouch sizes


This Eldorado Hip Pack offers all the features you need for a premium riding experience, and it does it in style. With two hip belts and three different interchangeable pouch sizes (2L, 3L, and 4L), you can get exactly the features and capacity you need without juggling between unneeded packs and gear. Simply take the main pouch off to swap between pouch sizes, or ride with the belt alone when you only need to bring the bare essentials. When you don't need the bottle holder pockets, easily tuck the behind the pouch to keep them out of the way. The main pouch is adjustable and expands for a place to hold jackets, rain shells, or knee pads behind the main pouch, allowing you to bring those extra items along without taking up space inside the pouch.

Stash jackets behind the pouch to save room inside your pack.


Tuck the bottle holders away when you don't need them.

bigquotesIn mountain biking, the equipment is an essential component of the ride. Without it, there is no ride. Good equipment can make for a great ride, but the best equipment merges its form into function and creates an exceptional ride. This is what I look for in equipment: gear that does its job, but gets out of the way of the experience. Tsuga’s Eldorado Hip Pack does this in style. Designed after a climbing harness style waist belt, the pack stays put and disappears until it's needed. The pack features everything you need for a ride and nothing you don’t. Plus, the versatility of the attachment points allows a wide variety of kit options for longer or shorter missions in warmer and colder climates. I’ve used many hip packs, but this one is the one I grab for the perfect ride. Kristian Jackson, Professional Mountain Bike Coach, Trail Boss at Rocky Knob Bike Park



Product Features:

• Pouch Sizes: Small 2L, Medium 3L, Large 4L
• Water-resistant, fade-resistant US-made WeatherMax body
• Nylon packcloth interior and interior key clip
• Two interior organizer pockets and elastic organizer bandolier
• Waistbelt side pockets made with waterproof 4-way Stretch Tek material
• Water and abrasion-resistant mud shield made with Kevlar coated fabric
• Breathable, cushioned 5mm spacer mesh back padding
• Biothane webbing
• Anodized aluminum G-hooks
• Waterproof zippers
• Reflective logo for added visibility at night
• The full Eldorado Hip Pack system ranges from $154.95 to $169.95
• Individual waist belts and pouches range from $74.95 to $89.95


At Tsuga, we ride to create and create to ride. Our experiences on the trail inspire us to create high-quality, innovative gear that we hope will help others have the ultimate riding experience. The Eldorado Collection was born in the Pisgah; designed, developed, and manufactured at our shop in Boone, NC; and tested by our team and an outside team of beta testers across the US. We are proud to design, develop, and manufacture our products in Boone, NC.

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Head to our site to shop the Eldorado Collection today!


44 Comments

  • 52 6
 At what point is a good backpack the better option? I think with 2 bottles in a hip back I'd be better off with a backpack.
  • 10 8
 or even better, a low profile hydration vest
  • 34 3
 The main benefit that has come with wearing my hip pack over a back pack is avoiding the ocean if sweat on your back which eventually soaks the entire backpack and renders you offensive to every sense.
  • 22 1
 This is kinda my thought too. The whole idea for me with a hip pack is a minimalistic approach. I have a small Dakine hip pack with one bottle that carries my wallet, keys, energy bar, and a Stan's Dart. I don't see the point of wearing a huge heavy hip pack that bounces around your waist. If I'm going to load up for a long ride...I'd rather just use a backpack.
  • 10 1
 I pack 2 bottles, a bottle + beer, or 2 beers in my bum bag semi-regularly. First reason I find it a lot better than a backpack is that it's easier on my shoulders, which get sore from previous injuries and riding hard at over 40yo. A close second, is that the weight feels more centered on my lower back, and moves around less than with packs I've had previously. Third, is the pack coverage on the lower back gets way less sweaty than the upper back. For reference, mine is the Ospray Savu 5, and I like it a lot.
  • 8 0
 I like hip packs because they keep the weight low and off my shoulders. I use a hip pack with a hydration bladder and hose but water bottles are nice because you can rotate them from pack to frame and have different fluids in them or beer cans if you wish
  • 7 29
flag likeittacky (Jun 21, 2022 at 15:57) (Below Threshold)
 @abtcup: Not only that an over sized hip pack becomes a gay looking fanny pack.
  • 1 1
 @Grrtyclt: Osprey Daylite is what I use and it doesn't have that issue. It is does have a semi-rigid back piece that helps the pack maintain form without sagging, but also keeps sweat from penetrating.
  • 1 7
flag KK11 (Jun 21, 2022 at 19:44) (Below Threshold)
 Hip-ster packs still hanging on eh? Lol.
  • 1 0
 @Grrtyclt: There are backpacks with mesh backs which avoid this kind of sweatbath. Just don't take a large one and load it to the brim, then it might flop around (still less than a big bum bag, though).
  • 2 0
 A good backpack should only ever be the option if you require the excess capacity. The less weight on your body the better for your back.
  • 3 0
 Best of both worlds, IMO, is a low-slung backpack like the Camelbak Skyline LR10. No sweaty upper back, weight is on your hips, but lots of storage and it doesn’t move around like a waist pack can (in my experience).
  • 2 0
 I ride with 1-2 bottles in my waist pack (Mountainsmith Tour 6L) pretty regularly. The weight is super secure and it doesn't feel awkward at all. I definitely prefer it over a backpack unless I *really* need a 3L bladder (all-day desert rides, mainly). If there are places to refill/purify water along the way it's enough for a full day ride.

IMO the Mountainsmith design is still the best out there after 20+ years with only minor tweaks, and the price is reasonable. This modular design is interesting but it's a lot of money vs just putting some decent compression straps on a bigger waist pack.
  • 2 0
 @bkm303: Looks nearly identical to my Osprey Talon 6 (the Mountainsmith). Holds two bottles, lots of storage with some areas separated, great ventilation and you can strap things to the outside. Looks like a winner to me for sure.

Especially if you have bottle storage on the bike, you can go forever with these things.
  • 5 0
 At roughly 85 degrees and high humidity in the southern US, 2 bottles in a hip pack is a god send compared to any Camelbak regardless of how much ice is in the bladder.
  • 2 1
 @waldo-jpg: old school Yeti enduro bibs; bottle, phone and tool pouch in the back three pockets with snacks on the thighs and another water bottle on the bike is a neat perfect setup.
  • 1 0
 @lifeofloon: jersey / bib pockets are definitely underrated
  • 1 0
 @bkm303: What about using your bibs as the pocket?
  • 8 0
 Actually if you have a newer bike with frame storage, you can fit a tubolito spare, cartridges, tool, some kind of nutritional snack, small first aid and have your water on the frame. So you don´t carry but your phone, if it is that you take it with you.
  • 7 1
 Backups for the win... all joking aside, I have heard a few stories of riders -and even a rescue crew- that backups have saved riders' spines during some brutal crashes. I have both but I often feel that the Osprey is there to "have my back" if I were to hit a rock in wrong angle, I don't always feel the same way wit the hip pack. OK, I'm going back under my rock. Adios amigos.
  • 2 0
 The first generation camelback saved me a few times, the bladder would burst absorbing the impact.
  • 4 0
 Yeah I dunno, for that expensive price? With good options from Wolftooth/Lezyne/etc for carrying tools/CO2/pump on your water bottle cage (with water bottle still)...why carry all that metal stuff right on your spine/hips like in the picture?? Seems like a small pack with an optional water bottle (for longer days), tube maybe (unless strapped on to frame/seat) and spot for tiny Houdini jacket is about all you'd need. Nice and light and you don't need big, hot waist straps either since you aren't overloading the bike. Anything more than that and you are wearing a decent backpack right?
  • 3 0
 I like this concept but the actual waist strap/buckle looks like it will dig into my delicate FUPA. I'll prolly just figure out a way to attach a jacket to my EVOC Hip Pack Pro 3l.

2 bottles on the EVOC doesn't flop around, the cinch system works wonders.
  • 10 0
 I don't know what a FUPA is and I'm kinda concerned about Googling it while I'm at work.
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: get weird
  • 6 0
 @BigHerm: I did and, dammit, I was right!
  • 2 0
 I have a Dakine hip pack for quick rides. Carries my wallet, keys, small snack & air pump. My water bottles are in their water bottle holders on my bike. Where they should be. For long rides, yeah a backpack is great. Carries lunch, beer, and Scobby Snacks for my Pup.
I don't like a lot of weight on my hips, due to having to make it tight enough to not slip.
  • 3 0
 Hip packs are a win as you just don't get a sweaty back and they've come on leaps and bounds and now stay put too. I use a Fox one that holds two water bottles and it's ace.
  • 2 1
 I only used backpacks for the longest time and never liked how much they moved around with fast tech riding & jumping. I traditionally never mounted anything to the frame, even water bottles. Eventually tried hip packs just to try new stuff out. The mid-larger bladder hip packs felt like too much weight hanging out the back, and the necessary tightness of the belt was too uncomfortable.

I tried a USWE backpack. Total game changer if you can run a backpack. It stays absolutely still even with a full bladder. And they have a cool phone pouch accessory that attaches to the chest strap for easy access, and doesn’t take up space for tools or food in the main storage.

I’ve now settled on a 1 or 2 bottle Osprey hip pack, or a USWE backpack for longer rides. I’m now mounting bottles on the bike, and sometimes stuff a tube in one of the bottle holders on the hip pack.

Try new stuff. Don’t swear anything off. Your ideal set up might be what you least expect.
  • 6 3
 This article should be behind the paywall.
  • 1 3
 There has been nothing behind the paywall for quite some time. I feel robbed.
  • 3 1
 @Rig: There's never been a single thing behind a paywall on PB.
  • 1 1
 @warmerdamj: Yeah, Beta - thought that went without saying.
  • 1 1
 @Rig: Fun Fact: You are so hyper focused on whining about Beta that you didn't even notice it's not even a thing anymore.
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: Wow, didn't realise a single post counted as hyper focused whining. But ok.
  • 1 0
 @Rig: It does. You all need to give it up, especially if you are whining about something you don't even know doesn't exist anymore.
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: Who is you all? I paid for something, there is no longer content. Think saying I feel robbed is fair, no?
  • 2 0
 Hemlock
  • 1 0
 A rapha hip pack is $80….
  • 1 0
 Boone is the best, miss that town.
  • 1 0
 Do they make one that is more aro?
  • 2 2
 Exactly what I need to crush my trip to the Magic Kingdom.
  • 1 2
 ‘‘..the best equipment merges its form into function and creates an exceptional ride’’.

What a pack of Fanny’s.
  • 1 3
 Tsuga is Latin for bumbag.





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