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    Favorite Hyrdation pack for longer races

    I'm looking for a new hydration pack for longer endurance races and was wondering what some of your favorites are. Looking for a minimalist pack to mostly carry just water - approx. 1.5 L's and one that would still allow me to access my rear pockets of my jersey. I have a larger Osprey with lots of pockets, etc but I'd like something more minimal to race with.
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    Camelback classic! I run a modified strap that has elastic in it across the chest. Itís only 12 oz for the whole pack. Itís 70oz but I can fit about 60.

    I carry a big lezyne tool, two chain links, an extra set of Dynaplugs. Dynaplug racer, 2 C02, KMC tire levers that have the chain Pliers, and now a frame pump slid in the pack against the bladder. If I need more water, Iíll carry an empty bottle filled with my Gatorade endurance powder, which has been a game changer for cramping. That may sound like a lot, but itís very light and all fits nicely in the pack for marathon season.


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    Camelbak Chase....

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    Camelbak Rogue.
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    These are the only packs I use anymore. I have 3 different sizes but this one's good for XC racing. Sits up high on your back for easy pocket access and DOES NOT MOVE.
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    I can see the camelbak classic being a good choice since it now has a 2.5L bladder. I just picked up one to try out.

    Another option that I used last season and will use on long races on my fs is the camelbak octane xct. It holds a little more than the classic and sits lower and might be easier on your back over a long race. It has hip and strap pockets which are convenient, and I miss on the classic. Itís designed for xc and trail running and therefore lightweight as well. If I were to just have one, thatís my recommendation (camelbak octane xct).

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    Camelbak Classic "mini" version.

    This, plus a one liter bottle on my XL bike, does the trick, and allows easy access to jersey pockets.

    Note: My wife sews a simple waist strap onto it, or it's kind of bouncy. Something I notice training, but not when focussed on racing.

    Note2: Those USWE packs linked in Bman's post above look really intriguing, especially their suspension system.
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    Beware of the pocket waste straps. The level of heat the trap is insane. Maybe itís just me, but my love handles release a lot of heat.

    My wife runs the Charm. This may work for some of you smaller guys. 50 Oz and just enough room for all of your emergency race tools and supplies


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    USWE packs are amazing!

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    I've never used it on my MTB, but I imagine the Ultimate Direction pack I use for long distance running would be great for that purpose.

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    +1 on Camelbak Chase, Iíve used it on 9 hour races. Sits high and allows acces to back jersey pockets. Sits high and doesnít bounce. Also front chest pockets convenient for snacks/gels. All that being said, Iím trying out Uswe Airborn this year since it also gets great reviews.
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    Thanks for all the feedback. The Camelbak chase looks like a good option - I like having the front chest pockets to keep fuel handy. I was just gettting ready to order a USWE (larger bladder plus I really hate the Camelbak twist tops on their reservoirs), but that Chase looks tempting.

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    USWE ďraceĒ packs are either not available, in black only or outrageously priced. Communications with their customer service personnel in Sweden 🇸🇪 was like speaking to a kindergartner. I still may get one but not in black.

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    Get the USWE airborne 3, the small pack is the perfect size for racing. It allows access to all rear jersey pockets, it doesn't move around (full or empty), has a removable small pack if you need to carry anything extra (or not) and keeps the hose secured in the perfect spot (for me anyway) - very minimalist.

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    New Outlander 2 somewhat reasonable priced without the weight of extra attachments. NOT IN STOCK due logistics with Chinese supplier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MHCBH View Post
    Thanks for all the feedback. The Camelbak chase looks like a good option - I like having the front chest pockets to keep fuel handy. I was just gettting ready to order a USWE (larger bladder plus I really hate the Camelbak twist tops on their reservoirs), but that Chase looks tempting.
    FWIW, I was able to fit a 2.0 liter bladder into the Camelbak Chase. I had to cut off (trim back) the plastic tabs/wings at the top of the bladder cover, but I was able to just fit it.

    Agree, CamelBak's bladders suck to fiddle with, maybe see if you can find another brands bladder to fit in there.
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    Favorite Hyrdation pack for longer races

    I use the old camelbak classic. Was the smallest i could fine and has vented straps. Looks ridiculous on me like its a toddlers pack but its exactly 2L and a small pocket for whatever.


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    another vote for USWE. super comfortable. doesn't move.

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    Does the USWE Airborne 2 hold anything besides water. Can't tell from their website. I know it says smartphone pocket but wondering about room for a tube, co2, phone, multitool etc

    I'm guessing the 3 is the same as the 2 but the 3 has the click off storage pouch

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    Quote Originally Posted by newking View Post
    Does the USWE Airborne 2 hold anything besides water. Can't tell from their website. I know it says smartphone pocket but wondering about room for a tube, co2, phone, multitool etc

    I'm guessing the 3 is the same as the 2 but the 3 has the click off storage pouch

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    Correct. Primary difference is the extra storage on the back. You could probably carry some additional items in the main storage area. The bladder and compartment are separated by a fabric panel. However, it might be a tight fit when the bladder is full. I'd get the 3 and just remove the additional storage when not needed.

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