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    Lightweight hydration pack?

    My normal rides are about 3hrs. Looking for a pack that can carry a spare tube, cell phone and 70oz of liquid.

    At the moment I am looking at this one;

    Osprey Viper 5 Hydration Pack - 70 fl. oz. - Free Shipping at REI.com

    spec is 1lb but does that include the resivoir which weighs 11oz? doubt it.

    I currently have a camelbak mule that weighs 2.59lbs w/reservoir.
    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    I do intend on carrying 1 bottle on the lower WB cage as well.
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    Check out any of the Wingnut bags. 3 years plus riding and you don't notice they are there. I believe they are made of a material used in parachutes? Super light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phishin Paul View Post
    Check out any of the Wingnut bags. 3 years plus riding and you don't notice they are there. I believe they are made of a material used in parachutes? Super light.
    These look good. What bag do you have? Looking at the hyper 2.5. They do not appear to have a waist strap though.
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    Camelbak octane lr would match want you want. Its lightweight material and the water sitting low on your back makes it feel even lighter.

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    Another vote for the camelbak octane LR. It is perfect for 3 hr rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canyon93108 View Post
    Another vote for the camelbak octane LR. It is perfect for 3 hr rides.
    Thank you everyone for your inputs. I looked into every hydration pack that was suggested. I pulled the trigger on the Camelbak octane LR which seems to be everything I need and for a screaming deal as well. Performance bike had it on sale AND for 2 days (3/13-3/14) you get automatic 15% off in addition to sale price. I bought a couple other things but it totals to about $62 delivered for the pack only.

    I will be reviewing the pack in several months after I get some good long rides with it (long to me is 4-5hrs, weekend warrior is all I can be at the moment).
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    Lightweight hydration pack?

    I have been using the Octane LR for about a year. It is a great choice. Plenty of storage and comfortable. I like the wrap around pockets for gels/chews. Plenty of room in the pack for phone, tube, tools,etc. Enjoy!

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    Why LR over Octane XCT? Is carrying the water around the waist that much more advantageous? The XCT is cheaper, 80 grams lighter and can carry 3 L of H2O that's 1 Liter extra over LR?

    I am not picking a fight, I just want to make sure I am not missing anything as I am in the market for one of those as well.

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    Lightweight hydration pack?

    I went with the LR because I wanted to try a pack that sits lower. I have been pleased with it. I do find it quite comfortable and reasonably light. 70oz is enough for what I am doing. I am doing a 100 miler this year and I think I might use the tailwind drink mix in the pack and leave an extra filled bladder in the drop bags, plus a water bottle on the frame.

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