As I mentioned before I will be the first to admit I am definitely late to the hippack game. After years of dragging my feet, the PNW Components Rover has been a great introduction and leaves little room to consider alternate hip packs to have a superior benefit.
Regarding volume, 2.7 liters has been consistently more than enough space to store my daily needs for any ride. For the spotty weather where a rain jacket may need to be stuffed inside just in case, it will take up a lot of space inside the pack. Making you decide what essentials you may really need.
With wet weather in mind, PNW has done a great job at choosing durable materials that are weather resistant. Being summer and finding myself out in the woods often, branches, rocks, and any other trail debris have yet to leave a scratch.
Most of my time with the Rover pack has been hot summer days, with a lot of trail riding. The padded material has been one of the more notable design features of the Rover and is what appealed the most when considering it to other bags. It is extremely comfortable for long rides and is rather breathable. Fortunately, I don’t tend to run hot, and after hours of riding in 90°+ temperatures, it has never become too warm to wear, unlike many backpacks I have worn over the years.
Overall, the Rover pack has become an essential carry for gravel and mountain bike rides. It is the right amount of maximum volume to really pack it out for a long day’s ride. It may not seem like such a necessary mention, but searching a bag for the tiny things is always a time suck. The side and internal pockets are great at keeping small things organized and easy to access, with the bulky items lumped in the main pack. Additionally, the detachable water bottle holder has been a great feature for days when you need extra water and don’t have enough bottle cages, or your bike doesn’t have a bottle cage on it.
If riding with a backpack is too excessive, and a frame bag solution is not the right move, we couldn’t direct you to a more well thought out hip pack that is great on or off the bike.
Volume: 2.7 liters
Colors: black, gray, camo, khaki