High Above Das Radpack Review

High Above Das Radpack

High Above Das Radpack was in the house at the Roam Bike Fest in Sedona, AZ this fall.  Making a custom set of hip sacks (they don’t call them fanny packs anymore) for the event, the Bellingham, WA company got some loyal followers during the event.

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High Above Das Radpack
Das Radpack looks and functions great on and off the bike! Just ask Roam Bike Fest Organizer and fanny pack aficionado, Ash Bocast. Photo: Brenda Ernst

The demo event was the perfect spot to test out this bomber, well-built and full of style pack.  Short loops from the festival grounds meant you didn’t need a ton of gear on your back to make you sweaty.

This High Above Das Radpack is perfect…

…for holding a tube, small pump or CO2 inflation, some bacon strips and a few small tools.  A great internal pocket protects your phone.  A corded clip allows you to securely stow your keys and just pull on the bright yellow leash when you need them. It also prevents them from popping out unexpectedly at the top of Hiline when you want to snap some photos.

The extra long and bright colored beefy cording that act as zipper pulls are easy to grab with gloves.  All around the construction and materials (waterproof fabric and zipper) of this pack is amazing.  Plus it looks cool so that’s a bonus.


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Just the essentials, with loads of room for phone, keys and a snack.

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Key fob leash with mini-carabiner for easy access back at the van.

If you have a bottle cage on your bike or have a friend who’ll let you stash water with them or just steal a sip, this is the pack for you and your small bits you don’t want to leave behind.  If you need to carry more water, you’ll have to bite the bullet and put on a bigger pack.  I prefer keeping water off a hip pack as I have not yet found a model that reliably stays put and doesn’t loosen when I’m riding even the easiest of trails.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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  1. Bruce Smithhammer

    “I prefer keeping water off a hip pack as I have not yet found a model that reliably stays put and doesn’t loosen when I’m riding even the easiest of trails.”

    Check out the Dakine “Hot Laps” pack. I did a 200-mile bike trip through the San Rafael Swell last Spring with one and the bottle never budged.

    I really like the Das Radpack, but I’d pull the trigger on one right now if I could attach their bottle holder to it!

    1. Chad Davis

      Bruce I agree. Initially I had all kinds of trouble with hip packs loosening up from bouning around on the downhills even without water. I ended up adjusting the packs strap at a comfortable tightness and using safety pens to enable the belt to loosen. I’ve seen a couple new solutions such as velcro or a locking buckle to help eliminate this, but haven’t had a chance to put them to the test yet.
      A soft water bottle (folds flat when empty) could be a good solution to carry some extra water. I have a 17oz Platypus I’m going to start using – https://www.platy.com/catalog/product/view/id/16820/s/softbottle

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