Who’s Henty? That was my first question too. Founded in Tasmania, Australia, (yeah, that’s a real place) Henty started out making suit and garment bags for business clothes. They’ve been adding different versions of these bags and have a line of bags and packs specifically designed for active commuting.
The Enduro was launched in September 2017. The design is inspired by military ammunition belts by placing the weight low on the body and stabilized with shoulder straps. You can tell by the look with the P.A.L.S. webbing (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) and velcro loops on the outside pocket/flap. It also comes in camo ($149.00) or black ($129.00). We’re reviewing the Henty 2.0 black version. It’s made of a very tough 500D Cordura Nylon and weighs 750 grams dry and empty.
At first, I thought this pack looked a bit minimal and figured I’d have to be careful with what I choose to put into it and what I left behind. Then I realized how poorly organized my current pack is and how much crap I’ve been lugging around that I didn’t actually need. Some packs are just one big wide open pocket. I accidentally carried 3 empty crushed beer cans around in my Camelbak for 2 years because I couldn’t see them and I never gave much thought to what I had in there besides water and usually a tube. I realized that it’s probably better to carry full beers rather than dead soldiers. With the Enduro, you can neatly organize what you need to have with you on the trail and easily see where everything is at.
The Enduro 2.0 is set up with organization in mind. It has 7 zippered pockets, two elastic pouches and 5 sets of elastics loops. Two of the zippered pockets wrap around your side so you can reach something like a multi-tool without taking the whole thing off.
The elastic loops are placed just behind these pockets so that you can grab a snack while leaving the pack on too. While I liked the idea of the elastic loops to hold things like a hammer bar, I found that the smooth wrappers and uniform shape of something like a pack of Clif blocks can slide out of them fairly easy. Hammer Gel packs stayed put.
I still ride with tubes and it seems like we’re a dying breed, but a rolled up fat tube doesn’t fit nicely in the main pouch section. You could unroll it and lay it lengthwise in the hydration chamber, or put it in the upper mesh pocket.
The proper fitting does take a little time to set up. The waist strap is quite long and I’m sure can fit a wide range of beer bellies. For the smaller waist folks, there is a velcro loop at the end of the strap to fold and keep the excess down. There is a lot of adjustment in the shoulder straps too so at my very average height of 5’10”, It was pretty easy to get the pack placed just where I wanted it to be.
The shoulder straps and upper back sections are mesh which will help with breath-ability, as well as drying out if they get wet or sweaty. They are also set up so that you can run the hydration hose on either side if you have a preference.
The 2.0 version comes with a HydraPak 3L/100 fl oz – Plenty of water for what I’m doing and it seems designed to perfectly fit the space in hydration compartment. If you’re just looking to carry your tools and beers, It’s easily removable.
Because of how this pack rests on the lower back and not on my shoulders, I found that it does fit a little better under a jacket or coat than the more traditional packs that I have been using. That will come in handy for use in longer winter races where freezing can be an issue. The hose is 4 feet long, which is plenty to run from the pack down inside your sleeve to help keep your water fluid in sub-zero temps.
Depending on the social nature of your ride, the main pouch can easily hold five twelve ounce beer cans or one of those cool new 25.4 High Life Champagne bottles. You can also stash a couple extra tall boys in the upper mesh pouch if you have friends who happen to like beer too…
So Henty calls this thing a Backpack. What do you think? Hip pack? Waist pack? Belt pack? You wanna call it a fanny pack? Go ahead. They’re cool and Joe Rogan wears one all the time. Another nice thing about the “belt” on this pack is that if you jump something, it is more likely to stay in place and not launch up towards your head as a regular backpack would do. I don’t leave the ground a whole lot when I ride these days, but I’m just saying.
In closing, this pack is built tough. The nylon material will be hard to damage. The zippers are all quality. I like simple and solid stuff, and this pack fits the bill. Overall I’d give this pack 4 out of 5 flaming gnomes. The only things I might change would be replacing one set of the elastic snack loops with an additional pocket, or a larger pocket. Not a big deal, but a change I would make and the reason I’m not giving a full 5 flaming gnome score.
Want one? You can get one here: https://henty.cc/shop/enduro-backpack/