Ten years after selling their first neck brace in 2004,
Leatt has expanded their product line to meet riders’
protection needs nearly head to toe. Along with body
armor, they also offer a line of hydration packs designed
in conjunction with USWE out of Sweden.
Tech features: The H4 hydration system is Leatt’s
largest hydration pack both in terms of liquid capacity
(2.5 liters) and storage space. There are three zippered
compartments, and the H4 uses a single-buckle closure with a cross-chest strap that is designed to be less
restrictive than other systems.
To help ensure that riders maintain a clean hydration
system, the H4’s reservoir is replaceable. A pack of five
reservoirs costs $19. The H4 hydration system sells for
$95 and weighs 1.1 pounds empty.
Field test results: The first thing we noticed about the
H4 pack is how lightweight it is, even when filled with
water. The H4’s unique, one-buckle closure system
makes putting the pack on and sizing it correctly very
easy—just close the buckle and then adjust the two
hook-and-loop straps with it on.
While we had some initial worries that the cross-chest
design would be restrictive under heavy breathing when
climbing, the position of the straps ensures this doesn’t
happen. In fact, we found it to be less restrictive than
many other packs with waist straps. Aside from allowing
us to breathe well, the straps did a good job holding the
firmly enough that we didn’t notice it while riding. The look
of the cross-chest design may not please some riders, as
it certainly doesn’t look like the run-of-the-mill hydration
packs we’re used to, but that is personal preference.
The H4 features plenty of storage space for everything
we needed on the trail, including a lightweight jacket,
spare tubes, tools, a mini pump and a shock pump. The
bladder compartment is not completely separate from the
rest of the pack, but there is a sleeve within the large compartment to hold it in place.
We certainly understand the appeal of a replaceable
reservoir system, but the low-quality reservoirs have some
issues of their own. The fill port is on the small side and
won’t readily accept ice cubes for keeping your water cool
on hot summer days. Additionally, the bite valve is stiff
and doesn’t offer the same flow volume as some competitors. Of course, if you’re looking for a lightweight pack
that is compatible with your Leatt brace, you could always
replace the reservoir with a more permanent solution
with a higher-quality valve. Overall, Leatt takes a unique
approach with their hydration pack. It wears well, is lightweight and offers plenty of fluid capacity and storage for
an epic ride. n
Room for it all:
Along with a
H4 has plenty
of room for all
of the tools,
food and small
would ever need
for an epic day.
The H4’s harness straps come together at a single buckle for a
comfortable fit that is easy to adjust and take on and off.
LEATT H4 HARNESS
Beyond rider protection
Use and replace:
designed to be
replaced often in
an effort to reduce
in the system.