We got the Design & Innovation Award 2017 for our new-interpretation of a true classic from the '90s - the fanny pack or hip pack.
We call it the HIP PACK RACE. Here is the statement of the jury:
While it might sound like a poor throwback from the ‘90s, this EVOC HIP PACK RACE fortunately has very little in common with the earlier decade’s trashy bumbags. The DI.A test team were astonished by the comfort of the hip pack and the high quality of production, although that’s admittedly pretty typical for EVOC. The hip pack has a 3-litre volume, with room for a 1.5 litre bladder and your ride essentials. The perfect choice for flow trails where shoulder straps become redundant, the EVOC HIP PACK RACE creates that sacred backpack-less zen state of riding with full freedom to throw yourself around on the bike.There’s no risk of your lower back over-heating thanks to the ingenious strap system, and the additional strap to fine-tune the distance between the pack and your back means you can control the interplay of ventilation and fit.
But why did WE decide to make a Hip Pack?
Our team riders have convinced us: you don't always need a backpack for racing or short after-work bike tours. Call it a belt bag, a bum bag or a "wimmerl" in bavarian slang - with the clever HIP PACK RACE we watch the backs of riders who like ravel light.
We have adapted the proven TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE BACKPACKS to ensure perfect performance. A new feature of the back system is the VENTI FLAP SYSTEM which can be individually adjusted and regulates the distance to the back, thereby providing ventilation of the contact area.
A cleverly laid-out compartment structure with tool pocket, external pockets and two interior compartments offer sufficient space for tools, snacks, keys, smartphone etc. The HIP PACK RACE accommodates a 1.5-litre drinking bladder.
During descents you can reduce the distance again, which then ensures that the backpack sits firmly and is completely neutral to movement.