I am always looking for new ways of losing the backpack when out riding. Its annoying, heavy and gets in the way, especially once the water in the bladder begins to empty as I always found a bag would slip up and hit the back of my head on steep descents. It doesn't matter how tight the straps are or what brand I used. They all got in the way I found.
In my search for new and interesting products which I would happily get behind myself. I started to come across the 2017 Alpinestars Paragon Vest. Interested and impressed by the reviews, I ordered one for myself to try out. What a great piece of kit, after 2 rides I ordered in stock in a variety of sizes. This was a piece of kit I could get behind and have now been using it for weeks and couldn't even tell you were in the house my backpack is as I genuinely don't know, its been abandoned. The vest is extremely comfortable, light weight, takes a hydration bladder and has 2 padded side pockets and a zip pocket at the back to carry some tools, food or whatever else you may need on the trail. Basic first aid bits and bobs perhaps. The vest also features level 1 CE certified back protection, so is ideal for stage racing or uplift days at the bike park. You may at this point be thinking, is there a catch? I bet its not very breathable? But its extremely well ventilated so I haven't found an issue with becoming too warm/sweaty and I always wear a jersey over it. It uses a very lightweight combination of a mesh and a synthetic stretch fabric and is cut for a close fit.
All in all this has been a fantastic purchase and as is the case with all items we stock here in Epic Cycles, we only sell items we ourselves genuinely believe in. Iv been using this vest for weeks and continue to do so.