After dominating the neck brace and protection market for a number of years, Leatt are now using their innovative thinking to improve our riding lives in other areas….
You don’t want to feel restricted or wear anything too bulky when riding, but there are times when you know you’d be wise to take a drink and carry a few tools, especially on longer trail rides or any off-road competition. But finding a combined hydration and tool pack that isn’t like wearing a parachute on your back had proven pretty tough. Enter Leatt’s H4 Hydration & Tool Pack, a lightweight and ergonomically designed pack, which allows you to carry up to 2.5litres of fluid and a selection of tools in relative comfort – all without restricting any manoeuvrability when you’re on the bike.
The hydration system features a medical grade bladder that is replaceable should you, like me, forget to empty and clean your pack after a ride. Rather than risk catching some nasty disease from the ‘water’ that’s been stagnating for a month, packs of five replaceable bladders are available for a reasonably priced $35. In fact, most of the drink system is replaceable, with tubes, bite valve and even a helmet hands-free kit available.
The tool section of the pack isn’t the biggest I’ve seen, but that’s the point, it’s not big and bulky. I can carry a selection of tools, some cable ties, lollies and some tape, and there’s even a soft pocket to fit my phone in and keep it from scratching. To be honest, I was somewhat surprised that there wasn’t a belt, which is what is normally needed to keep a bag from swinging around. But I quickly found out that you don’t need it, since the shoulder straps keep the bag firmly in place, even under acceleration in some hairy spots in the bush.