Platypus has launched a female-specific series of mountain biking rucksacks. Here are reviews of the B-Line and Siouxon.
As a woman who enjoys all kinds of outdoors activities I used to have to â€œmake doâ€ with a small menâ€™s rucksack. These days, more packs for walking, running and cyclingÂ are being created specifically to suit the female physique.
It makes sense to have a womenâ€™s range of rucksacks because, on average, we are smaller, shorter and have narrower shoulders and waists.
Platypus W’s B-Line rucksack
The key features include female-tailored sizing, including shoulder straps and waist strap.Â Shoulder straps and the back panel are designed to fit a wide range of female physiques, from smaller women to larger women.
The back and straps boast ventilation so air can flow around them instead of becoming soggy with sweat while riding.
The storage is well thought out with a hydration pocket and clipsÂ for securely fitting a water reservoir (up to 2l) . The pack comes with aÂ 2.0L â€œBig Zipâ€ water reservoir that boasts a wide-mouth opening for easier drinking while on the move. The mouthpiece also locks securely.
The main storage area, away from the reservoir pocket, is 5l and big enough to fit a couple of thin spare layers and a snack or two.
There are plenty of other storage pockets inside the rucksack for kit such as multi-tool, spare inner tubes, keys and mobile phone.Â A “pump sleeve” keeps your pump safely stowed inside the pack.
Thereâ€™s also a handy outer pocket made of stretchy mesh and useful lash points that allow for theÂ transportation of helmet and accessories when not in use. Â And thereâ€™s a loop for attaching a bike light.
What I like about the Platypus W’s B-Line pack
A chest-strap is a useful addition for times when you want the pack to be more securely attached.
I would use this pack on shorter outings of a few hours. I usually like to carry a water bladder, a spare base layer and lightweight waterproof jacket, spare inner tube and tools and a couple of small snacks.
This pack is ideal for this purpose and has lots of pockets for stowing all the items neatly and safely.
The quality of the pack is very good. It is made of a high-quality ripstop fabric and seems extremely durable. The zips and seams are all well made.
I have owned Platypus products before and they do last a long time. I can see from the quality of construction that this rucksack would also be a good investment.
RRP is Â£85. See more details at Cascade Designs.Â Buy the Platypus Wâ€™s B-Line pack from different places on-line, such as All Outdoor, which chargesÂ Â£72.07.
Platypus W’s Siouxon Hydration Pack
The Platypus Siouxon Hydration Pack is also female specific but itâ€™s a bit larger. In fact, the main difference between the B-Line and the Siouxon is the additional storage capacity (up to 10l or 8l in the main storage area away from the reservoir pocket).
This is a bag for longer days out on the trails or for times when you simply need to carry more, such as on a commute to work.
The pack has more zipped pockets, including a fleece-lined pocket for your eyewear, Â and extra space for stowing bike bits and pieces. It also has carry system for a full-face helmet and pads.
And for the guys, there’s a Platypus Duthie AM (All Mountain) series of packs. See All Outdoors