- Insulated hydration compartment keeps fluids colder longer
- Dual-layer 3D foam backpanel sits snugly against your back but allows for airflow
- Multiple pockets for plenty of storage
- Magnetic bite valve attaches to sternum strap for convenient access
- Hydration tube disconnects in two sections for easy bladder removal
- Loop zipper pulls easy to grab even with gloves
- Designed for women’s body frame
- Ideal for MTB, commuting, gravel, or hiking
- No front strap pockets, requiring pack removal to access items
Colors: Mineral Yellow, Black
# of external pockets: 2
Weight: 1.24 lbs
Max. carrying weight: 15 lbs
Volume: 6 L
Hydration bladder volume: 2 L
Availability: Online and select retailers
How Obtained: Company sample
RBR Advertiser: No
Keep Water Cooler Longer
A hydration pack is my go-to when riding trails and gravel or hiking. But in warmer temperatures, it’s always a struggle to keep water cold, no matter how much ice you put in the bladder. That’s until I tried Gregory Packs’ Pace 6 H2O pack. It has an insulated compartment that keeps water cold for up to four hours, longer than a traditional pack. I’ve also stashed a sandwich in the compartment to keep it cool.
Uniquely Designed 2L Bladder
The Pace 6 H2O comes with a 2L bladder that is easy to remove, fill and replace into the insulated compartment. The SpeedClip hydration hanger makes removing and reinstalling the hydration bladder quick. And filling the bladder is super simple; just grab the integrated molded spine handle. Then, after a ride, use the built-in drying hanger to hang the bladder upside down to dry.
The hydration hose disconnects in two places for faster and easier bladder removal. This feature lets you remove or replace the filled bladder without fishing the hose through the shoulder strap.
Designed for Comfort
Besides keeping water cooler, this pack keeps your back cool and is comfortable to wear. The back panel is constructed of a dual-layer 3D foam that lets it sit snugly along my back but also allows for airflow to keep sweat at a minimum. This unique design prevents the pack from shifting around even without the hip belt.
The perforated, breathable straps were perfectly placed, and it never felt heavy on my shoulders. In addition, a sternum strap buckle incorporates a magnet that the bite valve attaches to for easy access.
Pockets for Storage
One large zippered storage compartment includes two internal mesh pockets, keeping items from shifting or collecting at the bottom of the pack. A smaller outer zippered pocket is ideal for a wallet, phone, or other things you’ll need to grab quickly. And lastly, there’s an exterior pouch with an adjustable strap and buckle closure for even more storage. The zippered pockets have large loop pulls that are easy to grab, even when wearing gloves.
Gregory Packs’ design team has thought about virtually every element to make the Pace 6 H2O the most comfortable and feature-rich hydration pack I’ve tested in some time. I would have given this pack a perfect 5-star rating, except it doesn’t have storage pockets on the shoulder straps. I like to have a place to store my cell phone and a few other items that require quick access.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.
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