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    Camelbak Skyline vs Wingnut 3.0

    Hi everyone-

    Does anyone have experience with both the Camelbak and Wingnut packs? They are both close to the same price and pretty much do the same thing which is keeping weight low. I can't find much info on Wingnut, though. If anyone has a say why they like one over the other I'd love to hear why. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNKER View Post
    Hi everyone-

    Does anyone have experience with both the Camelbak and Wingnut packs? They are both close to the same price and pretty much do the same thing which is keeping weight low. I can't find much info on Wingnut, though. If anyone has a say why they like one over the other I'd love to hear why. Thanks.
    Yes. I had the Skyline and a Wingnut 3.0. The WN is a much better pack. I sold my Skyline after I got the WN. The WN is pretty much better in every way.

    Some Pros to the WN:

    - lighter
    - carries weight better/more stable
    - easier to install/remove bladder
    - side pockets more functional
    - waist belt doesn't loosen like Skyline
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    The Wingnut is waterproof, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNKER View Post
    The Wingnut is waterproof, right?
    Like most modern packs it's made from waterproof material, but is not sealed at the seams or where it's been sewed. So it will be fine in drizzle and light rain, but I wouldn't put an expensive camera or phone at the bottom of the pack in heavy rain.
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    Hey Vik, you got any pics of you wearing the WN 3.0 while riding, or standing? Just like to see how it looks on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinboyer View Post
    Hey Vik, you got any pics of you wearing the WN 3.0 while riding, or standing? Just like to see how it looks on.


    Here you go.



    FWIW - I'm 5'11" and ~195lbs. Pack main body is 2/3rds full. Side pockets are empty.
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    Thanks Vik. Your real time pics definitely shows the true size of the pack. The pics on WN's website lead me to think it was smaller in size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinboyer View Post
    Thanks Vik. Your real time pics definitely shows the true size of the pack. The pics on WN's website lead me to think it was smaller in size.
    It's a solid size for day rides including all day epics. It carries well partially loaded.
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    I love they way it sits low where it belongs.
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    For scale here is the WN Adventure pack fully loaded on a bikepacking trip.
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    I don't know if anyone else would have tried both before, so I think the excellent feedback you've got is all there is, and probably all you'll need.

    I've not tried the Skyline. I don't know how big or easy to reach the side pockets would be. I can say that my WN has been awesome, and I would definitely buy another. Weird thing is my pack must be like 6 years old now? Maybe more. I use it every time I ride my mountain bike, and sometimes on my road bike. (haters gonna hate)

    I vote WN.

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