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    Senior Member Stix Zadinia's Avatar
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    Best roomy backpack -with hydration bladder- for cycling?

    Hello all,

    Been searching around online for a somewhat ample pack, haven't really arrived at any conclusion as to what to get. I'm looking for a backpack with enough storage to take a meal for the ride, a juice bottle, and water (either in a bladder, or in bottles).
    I also need to accommodate the stuff I'm already usually carrying; some safety/rain apparel, some tools for the bike, lights, sunglasses, work related items (nothing big), and personal ones.
    I want the backpack to be roomy (not excessively, though) and durable of course, water-proof when needed, but not as bulky as to impede vision on the back, or hinder maneuverability.

    Here's some possible candidates I've looked at so far:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
    http://www.amazon.com/CamelBak-H-A-W...317313&sr=1-15
    http://www.amazon.com/Camelbak-M-U-L...317313&sr=1-14
    http://www.amazon.com/The-North-Face...The+North+Face


    Is there some consensus as to what brand -or style of pack- does better?


    Thanks much
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    Carpe Velo Yo Spiff's Avatar
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    I'm partial to the Camelbak brand packs. I've tried a couple of other brands a long time ago, so I don't have any recent experience with other makes. I also see many shops carrying Osprey hydration packs now. The big issues I found that affected my preference were the closure of the reservoir and the design of the bite valve.

    My own pack is a Camelbak Lobo, which provides a lot less cargo capacity than what you desire. I see a lot of folks with the MULE. How well the compartments are arranged can be more important than overall volume. I like having a few small to medium sized compartments to keep things accessible and wellorganized.
    Last edited by Yo Spiff; 05-23-13 at 09:40 AM.
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    i have an old gregory brand pack that i don't think is for sale anymore, but i like having a place to slide my helmet in. mine has an expandable mesh outer pocket for that. mine also has small pockets on the belt for snacks. i like those features (the helmet pocket because if i stop in a store i don't have to carry it). just an opinion.

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