ACRE SUPPLY HAUSER PACK
Hauser: one who gives shelter or protection - not just for those of us with German heritage, when vocalised the name of this bag inspires confidence in its ability to keep your stuff out of the elements. Whether being splattered with mud from your back tyre or taking a torrent from above, this pack won't let any of that pesky moisture, dirt or dust infiltrate your prized belongings or ruin your dry change of clothes, and with so many pockets to choose from you'll never dig around for your keys/wallet/phone/camera/snacks.
Mine's only been around a couple of months but what a whirlwind couple of months it's been - from a 5-day tour (more info over at The Sticky Bidon), to my first MTB adventure in a very long time and a few subsequent dirt trail climbs with plenty of commuting, flying and tourist-ing in between, this Hauser has never missed an opportunity to shelter my possessions from harm.
I've never been one for the whole aeration jargon around packs designed for hiking or mountain biking, my back has not once felt a breeze on it when carrying a backpack - so I can't speak to claims of increased back-ventilation, but the thing is damn comfortable on there. In 5 days with it full of food on tour there was never a moment I wanted to swap it for any of my other packs once I had the strap system set up just as I wanted it: waist straps on lower attachment and shoulder straps on the higher. This system makes it one of the most versatile packs I've seen for all body types, with the ability to lengthen or shorten the effective length of the bag relative to these attachment points at will.
I found the 10L capacity to be deceptively large - I am still amazed at how much of my crap I can jam in it. Lunch, change of shoes, extra layer, cameras, tool roll (it comes with a great one - don't ask questions, just take the damn thing and use it) all without an unruly zip or bulging seam. Speaking of, every zip is water resistant and the whole thing is made up of three completely separate sealed compartments. While it doesn't mean you can't take the kitchen sink and nothing else like you could with a larger single-compartment bag, it does mean you always know what's where. Your tools are in the roll in the front, your keys are in the little shallow pocket on top of that, your phone and wallet in the side pocket available to you in a pinch and the main compartment has the majority of the things you don't need to access constantly - except your camera, that sits at the top of the main compartment under the rolltop where it's a second away at any moment.
I'm looking forward to a long-term review of this one down the track - well, I'm really just looking forward to the process of thrashing it and documenting that. Until then, the Hauser is in stock at Treadly along with some of the Linear Jersey Crew and Traverse MTB Shorts.
Stock photos used courtesy of Acre Supply.