So I picked up a used The North Face hydration pack today! I am pretty excited about this new addition to my gear. It was only $25 which makes it a pretty good steal for a pretty essential piece of kit.
It has a separate pocket with sleeve in the back for the bladder, and a large main pocket in front of that. It also has the small front pocket. There are two side mesh pockets as well. I liked that all the pockets were zippered, and the cord on the front could come in handy. There are chest and waist straps which will be nice. It also conveniently goes with the orange on my bike.
I also got this nice Platypus bladder from a family member, for free which was awesome (Thanks Ruth!). It is a little big for the bag but I should be able to squeeze it in there without issue. Now I can stay hydrated no matter the length of ride! I was noticing that a water bottle was running out, so this should help a bunch.
Now I just need to start packing it. So far it will have my multitool, snacks, wallet, phone & keys. I still need some essentials for it, like a spare inner tube, tire levers, hand pump, and a first aid kit, as well as emergency contact info just in case. Looks like I have a bit more shopping to do.