It does come with quite a weight penalty, but if you are riding hard and taking risks, the Evoc could be the pack for you
With its slim profile and long contact area, the Evoc pack was undoubtedly one of the best trail performers on test.
Keeping all the weight close to the body made it feel like a limpet when hitting rough terrain — though you will need to make sure you select the right size, as some of our shorter testers found the medium/large pack contacted the back of their helmet on descents.
Compartment sizes are well specced and the tool compartment is one of the best on test — roomy, comprehensive and easy to access with zips around three of four edges, allowing it to open fully.
The rest of the pack consists of a single compartment, always handy for bigger items, and two small side pockets ideal for tools and energy bars. One small omission is the lack of easy-access pockets on the harness.
We are delighted to say none of us tried the back protector in anger, but it was comforting to know it was there when we were ploughing through rocky terrain. This is backed up by a wide, wrap-around neoprene belt that adds that little extra feeling of security when snugged up at the top of a descent. A neat option is the fully zip-removable back, allowing the protector to be used on its own.
It does come with quite a weight penalty, but if you are riding hard and taking risks, the Evoc could be the pack for you.