Review: Hydrapak Laguna

The Product:

In this article we’ll be taking a look at Hydrapak’s Laguna backpack. The Laguna is designed to be a 3+ hour ride pack but could easily be used on an all-day ride. It offers a lot of cargo space and includes Hydrapak’s largest reservoir (3L, 100z).

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Pack Features:

The Laguna offers a lot of nice features for those looking to carry gear comfortably and effectively on the trail.

  • Numerous pockets and storage areas – The Laguna has 5 storage areas (2 small lower side pockets, 1 medium size pocket, 1 soft fabric pocket, and one large main compartment). The 2 lower pockets are suitable for multi-tools, tire levers, and snacks. The medium size pocket has a rubber port for media players or other corded items. The large main compartment can easily fit jackets, tubes, and other more bulky items. At the top of the pack there is a small tricot fabric lined pocket that is nice for storing sunglasses or items that you don’t want scratched.

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main compartment (click to enlarge)

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soft pocket for sunglasses (click to enlarge)

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medium front pocket (click to enlarge)

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side pocket (click to enlarge)

  • Storage organizers – The medium and large storage areas both have numerous mesh organizers (as pictured above) for storing items in easy to reach locations and separate areas.
  • Cushioned back with air channels – The pack has a cushioned back panel with raised sections creating air channels. These air channels help bring in cool air and keep the pack from feeling sticky against your back.
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cushioned back panel with air channel (click to enlarge)

  • Adjustable slider chest strap – Having a chest strap on packs makes a big difference in the ability to carry the pack comfortably. It helps take the weight off your shoulders and makes the pack feel lighter. The chest strap on the Laguna is adjustable on sliders for a personal fit.
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sliding chest strap (click to enlarge)

  • Stowable waist belt – A waist belt also helps make the pack feel lighter as well as make the pack more stable while riding. The pack tends to swing less with the waist strap in use. You can also stow the waist belt when you don’t need it.
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chest and waist strap (click to enlarge)

  • Magnetic Quantum clip – Hydrapak has equipped the Laguna with one of the slickest hose clips we’ve seen. Instead of using a hard clip or ring to keep the hose in place while riding, they’ve added a magnetic clip. The magnet is powerful enough to easily hold the hose while riding and makes it easy to just get the hose near the clip after taking a drink to get it back in place. The clip can be mounted in several locations on the straps for personal preference.
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  • Helmet storage – By placing the front of your helmet behind the medium pocket and then securing the adjustable strap behind your helmet the Laguna makes it easy to carry your helmet with you when you aren’t riding.
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  • 360 degree insulation – The reservoir pocket is separate from the rest of the pack. It has closed cell foam insulation around reservoir that we found kept the reservoir cooler longer that other packs we’ve tried.
  • Expandable construction – The pack has an expandable gusset around the outside that lets you expand the pack to carry as much or as little as you need. The gusset gives the pack about 2”-3” of additional depth when unzipped.
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  • Bottom carry straps – There are two straps located at the bottom of the pack that make it easy to carry a set of shin guards or outerwear.
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carrying shin guards (click to enlarge)

  • Left or right hose routing – The hose can be routed to come out the left or right shoulder area.
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  • Reflective loop – Be seen at night with the reflective loop at the bottom of the pack.
  • Electronics headphone port – Rubber grommet allows for headphone use with stored electronics
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Reservoir features:

The reservoir system that Hydrapak offers is quite different from typical offerings. It’s a bit simpler to use and solves a few problems of traditional reservoirs.

  • Fold and Seal closure – The Hydrapak reservoir has a very simple and quick closure system. To close the reservoir you just need to fold the top over and then seal with the plastic sealer. The top of the reservoir has a harder rubber material around the rim that has ridges for the sealer to slide on.
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large fill opening (click to enlarge)

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the top of the bag folds over itself and the blue plastic sealer keeps it tight (click to enlarge)

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the reservoir has a hook that clips into the pack so the reservoir is supported and doesn't slump down inside the pack (click to enlarge)

  • Reversible reservoir – The reservoir can be easily cleaned by turning it inside out. Traditional reservoirs are hard to clean through their opening and can’t be turned inside out.
  • Tough reservoir material – The reservoir is made out of BPA free FDA approved thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU. This material is the same as firehouse liners and white water rafts. It can stretch up to 8 times its original length without failing.
  • Quick connect hose – The hose has quick connect fitting with the reservoir. You can attach and detach the hose without leaking any water from the fitting (just make sure you don’t have any water left in the hose).
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simply push the grey button to detach (click to enlarge)

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  • Generous FDA approved TPU tube length – The drinking tube is 36” long. We found it to be just the right length to drink from and store well while riding.
  • 45 degree high flow bite valve with shut off – The bite valve has a nice angle to it for easy drinking. You can get great flow with this valve and it never leaks. A quick turn of the head also allows you to shut it off completely.
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  • Lifetime guarantee – Hydrapak offers a lifetime guarantee against leakage from the reservoir including hose and bite valve.

Performance:

We were very impressed with the performance of the Laguna pack. It offers a lot of innovative features that work well, making rides with it very enjoyable. The pack is made out of durable nylon material with nice stitching. The pack can hold a lot cargo thanks to the numerous pockets and expandable main compartment. It’s nice to have the versatility of being able to carry as much or as little gear as you need with the same pack and not feel bulky. The organizers inside the pockets are also handy for quickly grabbing often used items and keeping things separate. Being able to carry your helmet is also nice when hiking to the trail head or waiting in the parking lot. The spot the helmet fits in could be a bit deeper or wider but it held our helmets just fine.

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The pack is very comfortable to wear due to the cushioned straps and padded back. The air channels built into the pack help keep your back cool. The adjustable chest strap is also a welcome addition compared to static straps found on most packs. Not everyone is shaped the same way or carry their pack the same so this helps for a more custom fit.

The 3L/100oz reservoir features are also impressive to use. The design makes filling, emptying, and cleaning much easier. One of the problems with early reservoir designs was their small opening. Reservoirs over the years have gotten large openings but they still don’t make filling as easy as it could be. The opening on the Hydrapak reservoir opens very large and is simple to seal. The hook inside the pack holds up the reservoir in place so it doesn’t sink in the pack.

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When it’s time to empty the reservoir or you want to fill the reservoir out of the pack the quick connect hose is very handy. On other packs you have to reroute the hose each time. With the Hydrapack you can leave the hose in place and it never leaks when connecting or disconnecting. When it comes to cleaning the reservoir, it is much easier to make sure the whole thing is clean because you can turn it inside out. This also makes drying much quicker because the reservoir is exposed to the air.

The drinking tube has a large diameter and the bite valve offers lots of flow. It’s easy to get a lot of drink when you want but it is also easy to just sip through. The bite valve can easily be shut off with one hand so you don’t accidentally leak. Hydrapak also backs up their product by offering a lifetime leakage guarantee on the reservoir, hose, and bite valve.

Possible Improvements:

In all the Laguna is a very impressive  pack that offers a lot of nice features. There were only a few things we might like to see changed. The helmet storage area is a bit small and could be increased. We’d also like to see the straps at the bottom of the pack lengthened to carry a wider array of items.

Cargo Volume:

  • 500 / 800 (Expanded) cu. in.
  • 8.2 / 13.1 (Expanded) Liters

Colors:

  • Charcol
  • Brown (shown)

Fabric:

  • 420 Double Ripstop
  • 300 Double Baby Rip

Price:

  • MSRP – $99.99

Weight:

  • 2 lb 2 oz
  • .96 Kg

Be sure to check out Hydrapak’s other packs as well as their other innovative products on their site. You can purchase Hydrapak products directly through their website as well.