Why would you want to spend € 90 to get the PRO version when the EVOC HIP PACK RACE 3l costs € 25 less and looks pretty much the same? Once again, the devil is in the details…
At first glance, the EVOC HIP PACK RACE 3l looks exactly like our Best in Test, the HIP PACK PRO 3L. The main and front pockets even share the same compartment layout. If you take a closer look, however, you’ll notice a few details – some smaller, some bigger – that clearly distinguish the two models.
In the middle section of the RACE version, there’s only one bottle holder instead of two. Also, the holder comes without a retention ring. The carrying handle is smaller and less robust and the inside of the tool-compartment-flap is made of simple mesh instead of robust plastic.
However, the most obvious differences are in the fastening and compression systems. On the HIP PACK RACE 3l, the wide, stretchy Velcro strap is replaced by a simple, less comfortable, more complicated adjustable strap. The hip fins sport a simpler cut and less expensive material, which affects the carrying comfort. While there is an integrated VENTIFLAP system, this simplified version also takes on the function of the separate compression straps of the PRO version, which are no longer to be found here. This makes the handling a little easier, but means that the contents will move around inside the bag when you activate the ventilation function.
In terms of stability, the simpler hip fins and slightly less snug fit of the hip belt are the only compromises you’ll have to accept. All in all, the EVOC HIP PACK RACE 3l is almost as stable as the PRO version. Now the question is: RACE or PRO? If you want to save some weight and money, the HIP PACK RACE 3l gives you the same amount of space, similar stability but also a little less comfort than our Best in Test – the simpler hip belt and compression system are mainly responsible for this. If you ask us, go and spend the extra € 25, it’s worth it!
The EVOC HIP PACK RACE 3l is a great option that offers plenty of space, a stable fit and good comfort and is only marginally inferior to our Best in Test. If you’re happy to accept this compromise, you’ll save yourself € 25 and still get a superb hip bag. In our opinion, the added comfort of our test winner is worth the extra cash, which is why we recommend the HIP PACK PRO 3L.
- Good compartment layout
- Plenty of space
- Good comfort
- Solid and stable fit
- Less comfortable than our Best in Test
- Fiddly adjustment system
For more information head to evocsports.com
The test field
Click here for an overview of the best MTB hip pack in test
All hip packs in review: Bedrock Bags Greysill Hip Pack (Click for review) | Bontrager Rapid Pack (Click for review) | CamelBak Podium Flow (Click for review) | CamelBak Repack LR 4 (Click for review) | Dakine Hot Laps 5L (Click for review) | Dakine Hot Laps 2L (Click for review) | Dakine Hot Laps Stealth (Click for review) | Deuter Pulse 3 (Click for review) | Deuter Pulse 2 (Click for review) | EVOC HIP PACK PRO 3l (Click for review) | EVOC HIP PACK RACE 3l | EVOC HIP POUCH 1l (Click for review) | EVOC RACE BELT (Click for review) | High Above Cascadia (Click for review) | High Above Lookout (Click for review) | High Above Das Radpack (Click for review) | ION Hipbag Traze 3 (Click for review) | Leatt Hydration Core 2.0 (Click for review) | Mavic XA 3L Belt (Click for review) | Mavic Crossride Belt (Click for review) | Mavic Deemax Belt (Click for review) | Race Face Rip Strip (Click for review) | SOURCE Hipster 1.5L (Click for review) | SOURCE Hipster Ultra 5L (Click for review)
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Words: Photos: Andreas Maschke, Christoph Bayer