For the last few years, any hydration pack that you saw from Leatt was made by USWE. For 2015 it seems that Leatt have taken the knowledge gained from that and put it into their own range of packs.
What you see here is the new DBX 3.0 Cargo Backpack, a pack that certainly has more of an all-day ride approach than Leatt’s previous offerings. Designed specifically for ‘adventure riding’ this pack looks to hold all the ingredients for a foray into the wilder parts of the world.
“a pack that certainly has more of an all-day ride approach”
As the name suggests, you get a 3 litre (100oz) bladder with a slide lock up-top and an ingenious twist-lock hose to allow you to leave your hose in the pack for refilling or cleaning. The main pocket of the pack houses the bladder and features a clever system that works like those foil blankets runners use and stops your sweaty back warming up your water. Ideal for riding in hotter countries or on really long, tough rides.
Talking of backs, the DBX 3.0 also features a CE EN 1621-2 Level 2 back protector in several layers that sits in between the bladder and your back. Very few, if any, packs offer this level of back protection. While the back protector, made of D3O-style material comes in several thin sheets, all must be present to maintain the full EN Level 2 protection.
Outer storage includes chest pockets for tools, keys water bottles, while internally you have 3 different pockets, a small outer, a medium inner and the bladder pocket. The middle of the 3 features a removable, waterproof phone pouch as well as mesh dividers to keep everything in its place. The outer elasticated pouch takes a set of knee guards or a full face helmet, which puts it in contention for a solid enduro pack as well.
The fit is snug, as we have found with most Leatt packs, doing away with the classic waist and chest straps. Here, the pack is secured with two buckles that meet over the chest area with elastic straps to keep the fit comfy. Additional straps can be used to fine tune the fit.
We’re looking forward to giving this pack a good thrashing. It promises a lot!