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    Need a Bigger Hydra-pak

    I'm looking to upgrade my 4-yr old M.UL.E. I love the thing, but I need more room for storage without killing myself on the climbs. I want a nice blend that's good for commuting and the switchback. I'm crap at determining storage space, but need room for the 100 oz bladder and change of clothes w/ maybe a pair shoes. For a load like that, am I looking for 1000 cu. in. or more?

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    Have you looked into the HAWG? I also got the Mule, and wish now that I'd gotten the Hawg. I'm not sure I'd want to go much bigger than that, as then we'd be talking about a full-on backpack. A buddy has a Hawg and it seems to work well for him, even in the tight singletrack. The next step down from the Hawg looks to be the Blowfish. The difference between the two is about 100cu.in. (700-800).

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    Leaning towards the HAWG, but I'm also looking at the Dakine Apex...just don't know if I need all that space. Itīs not like I'm planning a trip to K2, or nothin!

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! HAWG all the way

    Get the HAWG and just use the compression straps when you aren't packing it full. I used to have a MULE as well...and when it died I decided to get the HAWG. Boy was that the right pack...I can stuff it full or just leave it half empty and it rides on my back all the same.


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    get the hawg! The best pak i have ever used. just the right amount of space for
    everything i need. T researched this pak for a long time before buying and will
    get another one if this one ever wears out. hope this helped.

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    Get the HAWG, PRICEPOINT.COM has them on sale for $55.99 and $59.99!!! I have an 06 MULE and may order the HAWG, its a killer deal!

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    Good job! Check It Out

    Right now at steep and cheap.com $48.19 51% Off, Regularly $99.95 heres the link
    http://www.steepandcheap.com/

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    Survey says: HAWG...but, are there any other hydrations worth looking at?

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    Sure...as long as you replace the bladder with a Camel Back one. I've owned several "other" brands of hydration packs. The packs themselves vary in quality...some real nice, some not so nice. But they all fell short in the bladder department. I've had a couple just start leaking at the most inopportune time. I had another burst when I landed on it in a crash. NONE of my Camel Back bladders (since about 2000...previous models had some issues) have done this. In fact, the bladders have outlived the packs!!!

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    I've got the mule and the hawg. Since buying the hawg last year I haven't touched the mule. It's big enough for two bladders on the hottest summer days in Phoenix and cinches down very small when all that space isn't needed.....And, like all camelbak's, it's bombproof.

    You could look at other packs from Noleen(sp?) or whoever just to be different, but for 50 bucks, the hawg can't be beat imo, so why bother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by P_ton
    Survey says: HAWG...but, are there any other hydrations worth looking at?
    My Son and I purchased JanSport hydration packs 3 years ago. Still running the same
    packs and the only thing I have done to them is replace the Bite Me valves. I've crashed
    hard a few times and it keeps on going. Can't remember the model of mine, it looks very
    similar to this one.
    http://www.blackdogbikes.com/cart2/p...5&cat=6&page=1

    This one is about the same as well. Probably not as big as the Hawg though.

    http://www.bagking.com/Merchant2/mer.../HP-02-01/TK05


    The price on the Hawg sounds like one heck of a deal though.


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