Sometimes you need to carry more water on rides, so I’ve been looking for a lightweight, minimalist hydration pack for those days. The Outlander 3L Hydration Pack from USWE fits this need for warm weather rides, hikes, and other activities when staying hydrated is crucial.
Having tested USWE packs in the past, I already knew from my time with the Shred 25 and Airborne packs that the USWE 4-point harness is quite effective at keeping the weight of the water and pack bounce free. The USWE design is form fitting, securing the pack close to ones body with no bounce or swing.
Features & Specs (via USWE)
- 1.5/ 50 oz liter hydration bladder
- Detachable pocket for stowing tools and gear
- USWE NDM 1.0 4-point harness
- One-click buckle for easy on/off
- Rear attachments for bike light and reflective elements
The external organizer pocket transforms the Outlander pack from trail to race mode. With it removed, the Outlander goes into lightweight, minimal mode ideal for racing.
The pack sits high on your back, hugging your profile like an extension of your body. In use, I’ve found it works well for a wide range of activities – cycling, XC skiing (though you’d want to add some kind of insulation for the tube in cold temps), brisk hikes, and paddleboarding race training.
The 1.5 liter bladder holds quite a bit – for most of my outings I did a 1/2 or 3/4 fill as I didn’t require the full volume, but its nice to have the option and capacity. It’s also easy to clean thanks to the wide opening.
Like the other USWE packs, there is a range of accessories one can add for additional carry options. I have yet to add the GoPro mount, which is a needed accessory if you like to ride with an chest mounted action cam due to the X strap design.
The best part of the minimal Outlander is it’s barely noticeable during exertion while providing hydration. It’s a great option for athletes looking for a minimalist hydration pack.