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    Hydration pack that doesn't lift when jumping?

    I currently ride with a small Camelback pack that holds a 100oz bladder, a tube, a CO2 cartridge system, and some snacks. It only has an upper cross-strap, and every time I pop off a jump or over something, the pack lifts and hits me in the back of my head. It seems to throw me off balance quite a bit.

    I know a lot of packs come with lower waist straps, but I worry those might make my back all too sweaty. Does anyone have a pack that doesn't use a lower strap but still manages to stay in place when catching some sweet air?

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    Osprey raptor.

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    when you find one let mw know....

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    I'd try to find one with a waist belt, but with good ventilation on the back panel. Most of the Ospreys I've seen are pretty great for ventilation, with nice ridges to let air flow through. If the pack fits loosely to your back then it's going to move when you hit a jump, no way around that. I would second the vote for Osprey Raptor.

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    Thanks guys, I'll check out the Osprey packs. I also noticed POC seems to have a decent pack that includes a spine protector, so I might consider that as well. I guess a lower strap is the only solution, though I was hoping for something that had an upper strap that simply went across the chest at a lower point. But alas, nothing like that seems to exist.

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Hydration pack that doesn't lift when jumping?

    Be pretty easy to make a lower strap if you think it'll help. REI sells bulk strap and buckles...

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    Deuters packs seem to have some decent support here (Deuter Hydration Packs), and relatively thin lower straps.

    Digging this one: Backpack - Compact EXP 12 - Deuter Sport GmbH & Co. KG

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    Look into Camelback's LR (lumbar) packs.

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    Camelbak mule works pretty good
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    Had to custom make one for enduro moto/quad all you need is a "5th strap" the one that you wear as a thong.

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    Osprey Raptor. Mine is the original 1st production. Beat up but nothing come close in my opinion except this year's new Raptor.

    I use the 14L. I like the small hip pockets for GU or Bear banger.

    Of course, if you are planning on doing the Slopestyle at Crankworks, your SOL...

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    My Deuter 'Attack" has been my "integral" to body pack for a long time. But volume is tight.
    For bigger loads my Dakine Nomad is at the ready -but this doesn't address your requirement.

    I left Camelbak a long time ago because they just fell apart; a pack a season deal. BUT I am seriously looking at their 'Volt' model, a larger version of their 'Charge', both using a reshaped & baffled bladder, more incorporated into the lower waist area -and fed in from the bottom/inside to give you an idea where it is "sitting". Check these out. I was going to last week, but my LBS was out of them. But if the construction is decent, I may go full circle and revisit Camelbak again. They use a thinner -but lighter ripstop nylon w these two models to keep the weight down. Sounding good.

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    I got two raptors and they still lift up when jumping. The best thing to do is make sure that the shoulder and chest straps are firm to reduce it from lifting. Another trick my friend does is tie a clip from his pack to his short.....

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    Even though I have the upper chest and lower waist straps, I get a bit of shifting. I'm sure this is because I cannot cinch the waist strap up snug at all due to the fact it restricts my breathing when I start sucking wind on a climb. Even with the slack though, it definitely helps control the shifting to the point I don't feel it throws me off for the little bit the pack moves.

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    +1 for Osprey Raptor. I forget it's there.

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    Take all the water out that will do the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalmon View Post
    My Deuter 'Attack" has been my "integral" to body pack for a long time. But volume is tight.
    +1. Very well designed to stay put when moving around on the bike.

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    Thanks guys, I'll take a look at the Camelback lumbar packs, those look pretty interesting. Also the raptor and a deuter pack. Lots of options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveagibsonsg View Post
    Osprey raptor.
    +1.

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