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    Larger Hydration Packs - 1,000 cubic inch+?

    It's time to finally upgrade my Lobo for something a bit larger and backcountry appropriate. I'm looking for some insight on larger hydration packs: Dakine Nomad, Camelback HAWG, Camelback HOSS, etc.

    Any thoughts and recommendations would be appreciated... as well as any great deals you've seen for these on the web.

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    I started with a Camelback Mule. I quickly found it wasn't nearly large enough for all my crap. Then I bought a Dakine Apex. It almost had too much room! Now I use a Dakine Nomad and it's just the right size. The Apex has waterproof zippers and a few more pockets. I got both Dakines at the link below but it doesn't look like they're having a clearance on either of these Dakines right now, but you never know when they will.

    http://www.rockymountaintrail.com/ou...ation%2Dpacks/
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    I agree, having an Apex and a Nomad would be perfect. I just have the Apex, its overkill sometimes, but just right for longer rides and colder weather. I like the fit of the Dakine packs better than Camelbaks. I think my Camelbak HAWG is built better, but I don't use it anymore because the Dakine is more comfy. After 2 years, my Apex is ready to go back to Dakine for zipper and stitching issues, but they have a lifetime warranty.

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    Ergon is coming out with the BC3 looks to be just the ticket for a larger bag, hoping to get one myself this season for commuting and long rides in the mountains

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    Adding to what was mentioned above, look at the BC3 or BA3. The BC3 just became available in the USA this week. The BA3 is coming soon. Both are in the cargo range of 1300 cu. in. and have a spot for a 100 oz bladder.

    I recently did a overnight out and back from Boulder to Winter Park and back. The BA3 worked well to carry a days worth of clothes...as well as all the necessary bike supply items.

    <img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3117/2868505987_57d06b517f_o.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Riding to WP" />

    <img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3153/2868505997_c52f7b8973_o.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Riding back to Boulder" />

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    Been using the Camelback Octane 14+....really nice pack big enough for the long rides, but also compresses down in size making it useful for shorter rides as well. http://www.trailspace.com/gear/camelbak/octane-14+/

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    Thanks for the input. Those BC3s are SICK and definitely a solid backcountry biking pack, but I found last year's Nomad for $28 at Alssports which was such a great deal I couldn't resist it.

    http://www.alssports.com/alssports/p...ationPack100oz

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