• 12-29-2004
    juice
    Hydro pack to carry helmet/pads?
    Anyone have a recommendation on a hydration pack that's great for freeriding? I'm talking about grind up a long logging road and then rip down the trail type stuff. My Camelbak mule just doesn't hold a helmet and armor very well.

    I've heard great things about the daKine Apex (or something like that) and the new Camelbak freeride pack.
  • 12-29-2004
    konabiker
    the camelbak havoc is what you want. i can fit my full face, all my armour(minus pressure suit, and i guess i could get that on too), 3 liters of water, tools, and whatever other storage you need. its a sweet back. stays secure and overall just works.
  • 12-29-2004
    RMXtreem
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by konabiker
    the camelbak havoc is what you want. i can fit my full face, all my armour(minus pressure suit, and i guess i could get that on too), 3 liters of water, tools, and whatever other storage you need. its a sweet back. stays secure and overall just works.

    i second that. i just rode w/ my Havoc for the first time a few days ago and it is a great pack. we were doing drops, doubles, and i didnt even notice it on my back. fits my full face snug and has room for my knee/shin gaurds and plenty of other goodies.
  • 12-29-2004
    xctico
    The Apex looks like a good choice too, I've been loking foward to getting one soon.
  • 12-29-2004
    macrider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by juice
    Anyone have a recommendation on a hydration pack that's great for freeriding? I'm talking about grind up a long logging road and then rip down the trail type stuff. My Camelbak mule just doesn't hold a helmet and armor very well.

    I've heard great things about the daKine Apex (or something like that) and the new Camelbak freeride pack.

    I got one of the first DaKine Apex packs last year after Interbike (they were demo models before the production run) - and it's been great - holds EVERYTHING you could want along - I can put my leg armor inside the main compartment along with 100oz of water, tools and food items in the small compartment, body armor (full suit) on the straps below, sunglasses in the protected case inside at the top and my helmet in it's secure pocket- carries very well & when you put everything on and tighten it all down - it's very compact

    I looked at the Camelback and tried it on - it's not quite as big as the Apex (no place for a full suit really) - although for many people that might be a good thing (sits smaller on your back) - for me, for all my protective gear, the Apex is the better pack - but if you are ONLY going to have one pack for everything - I'd probably go with the Havoc - if you are like me & will use a Camelback (Blowfish for me) for XC rides and a freeride pack for freeriding, go with the Apex
  • 12-29-2004
    East Coast Bender
    I would go with the Havoc, I tried it on at a LBS and it fit really well on my back and it was able to hold a lot of gear. I held all my tools, my helmet and my arm and knee pads.
  • 12-29-2004
    juice
    Thanks for the input. I'll try and find a DaKine around here, it would be nice to support a groovy local company. Odd that they're hard to find in Seattle, but Cambak has made great products for years and has a lock on the market. It'll be nice to have armor strapped on securely and not have to worry about it falling off and no more bashed fingers from hanging the full-facer on my bars when I climb.

    Having the huge Apex sounds perfect since my Mule is still going strong and is great for xc.
  • 12-29-2004
    bog
    Havoc
    Who in town has the Havoc now and how much?
    Thanks,
    Bog
  • 12-29-2004
    rpet
    anyone know where to get the Havoc for cheap? It's $99 everywhere I've looked...

    -rob in NY
  • 12-30-2004
    LoozinSkin
    to me $100 for a pack is kinda steep. I have a Hydorpak overflow ($35) and my FFhelmet hangs perfectly from the meshpocket clip. 3 liter H2O capacity. Although the storage room is limited, the design keeps the load centered verticaly and minimizes the lateral sway of all the weight. as for knee armor, I strap them to the top tube and ride up. all the room you need for tools and a small stash of cliff bars inside with side compression zippers to slim it down if you want.
    just MHO
  • 12-30-2004
    xctico
    Hey loozing, be carefull, I used to strap my knee armor to the top tube as well, then I found out it was making me open my knees way too much while pedaling up. So ironically I was slowly getting knee injury from my knee pads.
  • 12-30-2004
    Acadian
    I'm also probably going to get one of those DaKine Apex Packs this year. They are super nice and well built. Carries everything but the kitchen sink ;)
  • 12-30-2004
    Norco_Rider180
    Those both seem like nice packs ill get one of them sometime probably till the price goes down or i find them super cheap but until then everything goes in my Camelback Blowfish
  • 12-30-2004
    bog
    Got me a Camelbak Havoc!
    Picked up a Havoc at Cove. This pack rocks but I can't compare i to the Dakine Apex because I haven't used one. My FF helmet is almost unoticeable in it and my pads strap on beautifully. When I used to hang my helmet from old Camelbak it would rock all over the place and my pads didn't fit too well either. One thing to note, the pack is very big and maybe that's why I like it so much, I'm 6'5" tall and other packs always seemed a bit small.
  • 12-31-2004
    juice
    Looked for the Apex here in Seattle and can't find it. No bike shops seems to carry daKine, only board shops. I guess I'll have to order it online. Lame.
  • 12-31-2004
    KNine
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by juice
    Looked for the Apex here in Seattle and can't find it. No bike shops seems to carry daKine, only board shops. I guess I'll have to order it online. Lame.


    Call Dave at Center Cycle in Renton. He may be able to get it for you. Or Call Tory Monday at Old Town Bicycle in Tacoma. I am pretty sure one of those two shops can hook you up.
  • 01-03-2005
    macrider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by juice
    Looked for the Apex here in Seattle and can't find it. No bike shops seems to carry daKine, only board shops. I guess I'll have to order it online. Lame.

    REI can order them for you direct from DaKine - ship it to the REI store or you if I remember correctly