2015 Evoc Freeride Enduro Team 16L backpack 3 years review

Evoc FR Enduro Team Hydration backpack & 2014 Fox Rampage Pro Carbon

Pros:

  • Durable
  • The pack got a lot of room for everything you really need for a ride plus more, if you want to use it for grocery shopping you can, I can fit 2 cola bottles or 2 1,5 milk cartons,3 1 L cartons
  • upper pocket got 2 Compartments with an elastic band which is perfect for a wallet and a helmet light battery charger, I sue one for Gemini Xera light battery charger and the other one for my wallet. And it’s perfect a smartphone & Go Pro mounts, small chargers.
Evoc FR Enduro Team Hydration Pack
  • the top pocket got keyholder
  • soft material inside the pocket so you don’t scratch your camera lens smartphone, I can fit a Sony experia XZ Premium smartphone in the pocket but any bigger phone won’t fit, but I prefer to have it in  short pocket instead.
The Velcro transparent pocket is nice for storing food that was in a plastic bag you have opened, for example, trail mix.
in the top pockets, I got Lezyne SV10 multi-tool, 2 Co2 cartridges, Dynaplug, the big mesh pocket can fit 2 29er tubes.  the narrower higher pocket fits a shock pump & tyre pump. in the outer pokets, I got Shopping bags & a lock.
in the big mesh pocket, I keep cables, tyre lever.

back protector comes at 145 grams with feels like nothing

side pockets with elastic band, which is great if you forgot to fill up the Hydrapak and just wants to buy a bottle of juice or soda or to keep shopping bags i

Evoc FR Enduro Team Hydration Pack Side pocket is perfect for gloves

no matter how aggressive riding I did, jumping, riding in stairs, the zippers staid in place

Side waist pocket, which is perfect for rubber gloves or a small snack

Evoc FR Enduro Team Hydration Pack-Park Tool gloves inside side pocket
Snapped zipper slider, but this is not a surprise, zippers eventually fail, So it’s great that Evoc decided on dual zippers.

March 2018

the plastic zipper extension failed.

The Velcro got work out, it was not gripping.

The belt keeps the backpack from bouncing. The Velcro got worn out worn after about 2 years of use, so it did not stay in place by itself, but with buckle strap, it stays in place still after 3 years. But if you need new Velcro straps you can buy new and sew them on, so that’s not really an issue. The buckle & the other plastic parts still work great.

Worn out Velcro Evoc FR enduro 16L_1116

27 march 2018 it snapped, which is not surprising at all. But not too bad.

Snapped zipper grip Evoc FR Enduro _1138

eventually the other snapped few months later.

I fixed it with a zip ties.

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It has a strap for mounting rear light.

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The helmet holder is also nice for securing toilet paper or anything similar when you are grocery shopping.

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March 21, 2019 the zipper failed during a ride.

Zipper Failure on Evoc FR Enduro 16L

Cons:

  • the logos will start to peel off after one season of use.
  • The straps are fatiguing shoulder & neck area with heavier loads.

Tips:

  • if you use the helmet holder for an xc or trail helmet, make sure you get the front down and all the way in otherwise it will be too loose
  • you have to have the zippers on the side or it will take in water because of the gap in the 2 step zipper
  • to get most comfortable fit, loosen all straps, let the back pack sag down, until it bottom outs, it will bottom out somewhere with the stomach belt under the navel, then tighten the bottom straps where you feel right, and then the chest strap, it’s not perfect comfort at all times, but it will result in the most comfortable fit possible with this back pack.

     

Verdict:

After about 3 years of use, it’s still going strong. I am Sure I will be able to use it for many more years.

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