This bag is great! Iï¿½ve used it on three trips so far this year and itï¿½s survived the TSA no issues. Thankfully I have some exposure to the EVOC bag so I have something to compare it to. The Dakine has a bit more space in it compared to the EVOC. I easily fit my size large enduro Mtb, plus my full face helmet, shoes, pads or hydration pack no problem. The wheel bags provided are more spacious then the competition and fit my front and rear 29er 2.5ï¿½ tires no problem. The wheel bags have a bit of protection padding for your brake rotors as well. My cousin who has the Evoc bag had issues with the airline bending his brake rotors. I had no such issues. The padding that protects other bits of the bike are ample as well, I was happy to see the fork bag has a cutout for a fender to fit thru which is a nice touch, so I wouldnï¿½t have to pack zip ties to reinstall it. If I have one complaint it would be that the foam block at the bottom of the bag to prop up the rear triangle doesnï¿½t go quite high enough that you can leave on the rear derailleur, so it must be removed to prevent damage. No big deal but I had to be nit picky. The bag also collapses down for storage which is a very nice plus! Overall very happy with the bag, Iï¿½d highly recommend it!
The pack is big enough to carry water for a few hours in high heat and still has room for tools, food, and a water filter. I was initially worried but it stays put on rowdy descents. It also allows your back to breathe - something a backpack style water pack won't. The only thing that would make it better is the upgraded water bladder that's available separately. I crashed and landed on the pack and the water bladder sprung a leak so I ordered the upgraded one. It's nice to have the quick disconnect for the hose. Other than that this pack is a really good alternative to a backpack style pack.
Ive never been one to mind having a backpack on while riding, it just needs to be comfortable and I wont notice it. I forget I have this bag on half the time. It has tons of space, fits all my daily necessities and whatever bike accessories like a lock or tools Im carrying. Even has enough room to really max it out and fit a days clothes in it for the ride in. I do 20 miles a few days a week with this pack and its never bothersome. Its super lightweight, the straps are strong and well designed, and the back panel is stiff and doesnt create a giant hotspot on your back. To be honest, I rarely use it for a hydration pack, but that system also works perfectly, Ive had no issues with it, and its easy to removeinstall and clean.
These gloves are simple and nice quality. The thumb and index fingers work decently on my iPhone. No cushion, but I didnt need any. I suspect they will last me many years, but I would buy them again if needed, especially for the price.