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Two for Tuesday: Camelbak & Dawn to Dusk

Two bits for gravel hydration.

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CAMELBAK PODIUM FLOW BELT 21 OZ.

camelbak podium flow belt 21 oz

The best rides require more than two bottles. Now, when it comes to where you store that extra water, you have options. You can map out water refills ahead of time; you can find a bike with three or more bottle cage mounts; or you can throw on a backpack. Not every bike has more than two cage mounts, and a bag can be cumbersome—or even overkill for a ride. For many gravel riders, CamelBak’s Podium Flow Belt may be the perfect solution. This 190-gram pack is just the right size, securely holding an included 21-ounce Podium Dirt bottle—one of our favorites—and two liters of gear. Bringing extra food or layers is no problem, and an integrated tool-organization section makes roadside maintenance fast and easy. Plus, with its breathable air-mesh waistband, you’ll stay cool and comfortable on hours-long days. $45; 190g; camelbak.com

DAWN TO DUSK KAPTIVE 10

dawn to dusk kaptive 10

The humble bottle cage is one of those things most people pay little attention to—until it fails to do its one job in a critical moment of a gravel race. You’ve lost your bottle and have no choice but to stop, lose the group you’re riding with and grab it, or else risk dehydration and cracking miles before the finish. Dawn to Dusk has a simple solution. Its Kaptive series of cages is ranked by grip force, from 8 to 14 pounds. The Kaptive 10 falls in the middle of the range, featuring 10 pounds of grip force that will ensure you never experience an errant bottle mid-ride again. And at only 39 grams, this 120mm-long carbon cage isn’t a weight liability on days when the elevation total hits five figures. $65; 39g; dawntodusk.bike

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