I have a Camelback Hawg that I've been using for years and it's time to move on. I haven't been keeping up with the latest advancements but I know some packs have system to elevate the body of the pack away from your back to help ventilation. I like this idea. What else should I look for?
I need something to carry my helmet and strap armor onto and a large carring capacity similar to the Hawg. What can you folks recommend?
Do the Ospreys suspend the pack off your back like the Dueter and Vaude?
Some of them are suppose to, but don't work well. I also tried the Deuter, didn't fit. The Vaude is adjustable so if you are 5ft or 7ft tall, they adjust to your height to get the right fit. I was in the same boat as you a few months ago, it took me a month to figure all the packs out.
The fact that it rides on the back, rather than off it for ventilation may rule it out for you, but I'm really impressed with my Evoc FR Trail. Part of the reason it rides flush on your back is that it has integrated back protection.
I wanted a big bag for epic rides, and the market has been pretty slim for bags big enough for extra layers, food, tools, etc. and still having dedicated helmet and armor carry. The newest bags from Camelbak and Osprey hit those marks, but they're not quite as large. Despite the stupid amount of weight I sometimes pack in it, it has a real hip belt that takes the load off my shoulders.
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I just made the move from a Camelbak 70oz Rogue to a Camelback 100oz MULE, and so far, I love it. Substantial storage, and the pack sits a little off of my back for ventilation. It seems like the pack can carry a lot or a little, just what you want. If you are not carrying a lot, it does not feel like a huge pack. I don't notice much a difference between it and my smaller Rogue.
Great pack. I use the BC-3 on my commute, it's huge. I find the BC-1 to be a good size and use it with a camelback 100oz reservoir. My one complaint is the lack of interior pockets for organization. I load the thing down and it has always been super comfortable.
As stated in another post my friends call it the "kitchen sink", they're usually pretty happy if they need something out of there though.