Hydration/ Backpacks

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Re: Hydration/ Backpacks

Postby kevine3 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:12 am

I have a Camelbak LOBO i love it you can put store quite a bit but if you want more space i would get the Camelbak MULE
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Re: Hydration/ Backpacks

Postby ltud » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:46 pm

Cambebak H.O.S.S. http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/ ... +Pack.aspx

I like these so much, I bought a second one in case I can't find a new one when my first one wears out. Easily the most comfortable pack I have ever worn.

It's big for most mountain bike rides and the main compartment doesn't have any dividers/organizers but I like to bring a large first aid kit and other bulky supplies with me, just in case, so I don't mind. The front compartment holds all your tools and there's a cell phone/sunglasses pocket on top. The hydration bladder is 3L/100oz.

The thing that makes this back is the D.V.I.S. back system, which CamelBak seems to have abandoned in favour of the less effective (my opinion) N.V.I.S. system. Both systems are basically suspension that keeps the pack off your back. It sounds simple, but it's incredibly effective. The whole pack sits away from your back, distributing the load evenly.The airflow it allows also keeps your shirt dry and your water cool.

The N.V.I.S. system attempts the same thing but it's too thin, I find the pack ends up resting against your pack anyway.

Another perk is that the main compartment is waterproof. Perfect for a dry change of clothes!
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Re: Hydration/ Backpacks

Postby ltud » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:50 pm

I just remembered, the H.O.S.S. has been reviewed on Singletracks: http://www.singletracks.com/mtbreviews/ ... /1402.html

I agree with what these reviews say. It's big, it holds everything, it's a bit heavy, but you can forget you're wearing it!

This pack is totally overkill for the 2-3 hour group rides I typically use it for, but having everything I might need AND being more comfortable than I would with any other pack, totally worth it :)
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