Posted by Logan Watts
We reviewed the original Food Pouch a while back and had just two gripes about it. Yesterday Apidura announced the latest version which addresses them both. First, they added mesh pockets on either side, which are often useful for bars, snacks, and empty wrappers. Second, the Backcountry Food Pouch Plus, as its name implies, got a bit bigger. Actually, there are now two sizes. One that’s the same volume as the original — 0.8 liters — and one that’s substantially larger at 1.2 liters. Additional changes include a metallic mesh drainage hole at its base and a detachable bottom webbing strap, so if you don’t feel like you need the bottom attachment point, it can be removed to save weight.
Like the original Food Pouch, contents are held in place by a simple bungee cord closure that can be tightened and released with one hand. Its nylon straps can be attached to various sides of the pouch, making it suitable for many different combinations of handlebars, stems and aerobars.
Apidura Backcountry Food Pouch Plus Features
The Food Pouch Plus is constructed from Dimension-Polyant VX21, a four-layer laminate which is waterproof, lightweight, highly tear and abrasion resistant, and low stretch. Hypalon, a rubberised nylon, is used at attachment points to provide strength, grip, and a low-abrasion surface against bike frames.
Adjustable multi-slot velcro straps
Easy one-finger bungee lock system
Mesh eyelet for drainage
Fits either side of the stem
VX21 lightweight/durable body fabric
Three external pockets for extra storage
Removable leash for added versatility
According to Apidura, “The design of the Food Pouch Plus is drawn from our own experiences in the field, as well as feedback from our Ambassadors. We work with some of the most experienced bikepackers in the world, and products such as the Food Pouch Plus are a direct result of our combined expertise.”
The 1.2L version will retail for £42 (~$57), and the 0.8L version for £38 (~$52). Find more information on the Backcountry Food Pouch Plus 1.2L here, and the Backcountry Food Pouch Plus 0.8L here, and read our review of the original Apidura Food Pouch here.