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    New question here. Hydration Packs HELP

    Ergon BC1 vs Evoc Freeride Trail 20L vs Deuter Tans Alipne 25 vs HydraPak Morro

    Which one is the best for use as a freeride/downhill hydration daypack. I want enough capacity to be able to hold a video camera, some snacks, and some tools. Also, which will stay on your back the best and not shift around while riding rugged terrain.

    Based on personal experience please or if you just feel you know a lot about the packs. Or suggest something!
    Thanks
    Last edited by Urbanfreerider_JEW; 09-07-2011 at 03:42 PM.

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    Those are some pretty large packs... I ride with a Deuter EXP Air Race which has a drinking bladder and plenty of room for everything that you've mentioned and then some. But the best part is that it has the "mesh trampoline" so that the pack does not sit directly against the back. It's nice and cool, and helps to prevent a nasty sweaty back. (Well - much better than it would be with any other backpack)

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    Using the Evoc Freeride Trail 20L and kind of the same amount of gear as you and it is a great combo.

    Light and easy and stay in place, even when you crash it is still in place. I'm more than happy and might go for a larger one as well to use on longer rides.

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    osprey hydraulics all the way...... the best I've seen or had..

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    Both me and my wife have Dakine packs with the Hydrapak bladders. Can't say enough awesome things about them. The pockets are simple and you can get a surprising amount of items in them.

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    I use the Camelbak XLP. Small light pack but still carries a full bladder.

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    Old thread oh well.
    Over the years I have owned 3 camelbaks, 2 muels and another I don't remember right now. I got tired of my camelbake movin around and makin my hands go numb with the pressure on my shoulders from the straps.

    My buddy always swears by wingnut packs!!!
    So I took his word and went to the lbs and gave them $130 for a wingnut hyper 3.0.

    Let me say this:
    WOW!!! What a balanced pack, I had 100oz of water a shell, phone, wallet, sandwich, keys, tube, multi tool, co2 just in the wing pockets with the whole main compartment free for whatever else I needed and i never felt so comfortable on my bike.

    The great thing is when everyone with a camelbak or any other pack is taking their pack off to get to their food, I can access mine from the wing pockets with one hand! Also no more pulling out from the bottom of my camelbak because the wingnut is waterproof!

    Also note that wingnut is made in the USA!!! Take that china!

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    If you live in the USA or Canada, the Ergon BC packs were pulled out of these markets. Only packs available from Ergon in North America are the BX1, BX2, BX3. These are 3 different sized packs with shoulder harness adjustability and articulating shoulders. BX2 is available now. The BX1 and BX3 will be available in Spring 2012.

    <a href="https://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/interbike2011-bx3"><img src="https://farm7.static.flickr.com/6101/6222607247_945c0860c4.jpg" width="500" height="230" alt="Ergon 2012 BX Backpack Series"></a>

    The BX2 and BX3 would be your best options for what you are requiring in a pack. Both the BX2 and BX3 can un-zip further to expand and make more cargo space.

    Jeff K
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    I use the Camelbak Mule. Not too expensive and can hold a good amount of items including a helmet if you're so inclined.

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    If you don't like a sweaty back, and like to distribute the weight to your hips, then look at Vaude. They have a zillion sizes and are very comfortable, no more sweaty back, and they stay put when riding.

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    the Camelbak Hawg is the way to go

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    Camelback MULE... I don't have enough posts on this forum to post links or images (yet) but you can get them from Zappos for a good deal

    I ride with an older version of this... It holds a 1.5L water bottle or a camel (whatever you want to call it), bike tube, inflator, first aid kit, small survival kit, go-pro, etc

    Its always served me well

    Zappos is your friend lol:

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    I've had both Deuter and Vaude, both superior to Camelbak if you live where it gets hot. Air suspension keeps your back cooler and drier. The new Vaudes are more comfortable than the Deuters. I use the 14+3Liter Hyper Air. They have the Splash Air which is 20 liters+5 liter expansion at DepartmentofGoods.com. for $80. The expansion is the lower half of the pack having a zipper that allows the pack to bellows out when unzipped. I still haven't needed the extra room but winter is coming.
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    MULE MULE MULE.
    I have a smaller 100z which is too small.
    Mule can carry tools, pump, spare tube, food and space blanket, all cinched down.
    Then you can still stuff a jacket inside if you need it.
    I use it for hiking, XC ski, etc. now.

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    I would suggest at least trying Osprey Raptor series backpacks, and I guess Raptor 18 would be the exact model you are after.

    I have the raptor 13 and it has proven to be a really good pack for all kind of trail riding. The water reservoir is by far the best I've used. The reservoir keeps its "flat" form quite well and does not get "cylinder shaped" as camelbak reservoirs tend to do when it is full of water. Also the compartment for the reservoir keeps its shape and you don't have to empty the pack to fit the water reservoir back in after filling it. Hose is good and the "bite valve" works well too with the magnetic clip, although I like the camelbak bite valve better.

    There is two big pockets and one small waterproof "phone pocket" on top. Inside some mesh orgnaizer pockets to keep tools in place. The Raptor 13 I use fits in easily spare tube, multitool, pump, minisaw, raincoat and some food. the leftover space can be squeezed with the straps so the pack stays tight near your back and wont move around. Also the waist strap works well and keeps the pack where it should be. Shoulder straps and backplate/mesh seem to work with no complain and those are pretty well ventilated too, compared to camelbaks and deuters I've used.

    If I have to look for some negative sides, the material is quite thin and if you plan to have camera in your backpack, you should maybe consider some extra protection for it. Also there could be a bit more smaller "organiser pockets" to hold small pieces like chainlinks, spare valve, etc...


    edit: obviously not possible to post links, yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khai View Post
    Those are some pretty large packs... I ride with a Deuter EXP Air Race which has a drinking bladder and plenty of room for everything that you've mentioned and then some. But the best part is that it has the "mesh trampoline" so that the pack does not sit directly against the back. It's nice and cool, and helps to prevent a nasty sweaty back. (Well - much better than it would be with any other backpack)
    + this After years of riding camelbak I moved to a lower altitude with much higher temps.
    I bit the bullet and got the Deuter EXP Race worth every penny My long xc rides are much better without a heat sink on my back now!

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    I have 3, one is the Alpine Explorer 3L which would suit your needs. I have converted the bladder to a 3L Antidote system with an insulated hose, all my packs have the same set up.

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