Go packless and enjoy greater freedom with Mavic's enduro bum bag.
The Mavic Crossride Belt has a deep triangular shape aimed at maintaining stability even when hooning about or during enduro racing.
For most of us riding with a pack is second nature; going for an all day ride… put on a pack, going for a five minute blast in the woods… put on a pack.
But do you really need 2 litres of water, a full tool kit, packed lunch and a flask of weak lemon drink if all you are doing is having an hour smash with your mates? Enter the Mavic Crossride Belt, aka the enduro bumbag.
Mavic Crossride Belt
Bum bags are a great idea (if you can get past their uncool fashion status). Moving the weight from your back and shoulders to the lower back and hips, enables the rider to ride unencumbered and with proper freedom of movement.
Mavic has given the Crossride a deep triangular shape aimed at maintaining stability even when hooning about or, as has become quite popular, during Enduro style racing. Coupled with a deeply padded back and wide belt/clip, the Crossride is a properly comfy pack to wear.
Riding with the Crossride
Compared to a typical hydration pack, riding with the Crossride Belt takes a little experimentation to get it comfortable.
Initially, when worn over a jersey, it slides around quite a bit. This causes you to have to tighten it way too much, restricting breathing and a little bit of movement. However, when worn under a jersey, on top of the shorts’ waistband it remains much more composed, even when laden.
Okay, access to the water bottle isn’t quite as quick but this is an acceptable price to pay for the unrestricted movement and comfort.
Riding with the pack at places like Bike Park Wales and the stability is impressive. Obviously with a full 600ml in the neatly shaped Mavic bottle you do feel the weight of the pack at your hips, but this encourages you to drink more!
Storage is quite impressive for such a low profile pack. The large zippered pocket easily swallows a 29er tube, multitool, phone and keys.
There’s also a longer pocket that fits a pump up to 22cm in length and a mesh pocket for gels. Perfectly adequate for the typical short rides most of us do regularly.
The triangular Mavic bottle is easy to locate in the funnelled pocket, the good news is it also fits a normal bottle if you lose the proprietary one.
The Crossride Belt is one of the best options for riders wanting to ditch the pack for shorter rides. After a bit of playing about to get it comfortable it remains stable even for lairy riding. Storage is logical and well presented and the Mavic bottle is super easy to get at.