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Old 12-27-08, 12:30 PM   #1
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Product Review-Camelbak Octane XC

I got a Camelback Blowfish for Christmas and it was a lot like a pack that I already had so with permission from the wife I exchanged it for a Octane XC. It only has 3 small pockets,one in the top flap and two in the hip belt. It also has a 70oz bladder. It's a very bare bones pack. I have enough room to put my first aid stuff in the top flap pocket,some snacks in one hip pocket and multi tool spare parts in the other. I put a spare tube and my pump in the big pocket that also holds the bladder. This is by far the most comfortable pack I have ever used and it stays put on my back better than any of my other packs. I'll give this pack 2 thumbs up.


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Old 12-27-08, 04:55 PM   #2
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Been using the Octane-8 for a while now, and really like it. Snug, feels nice on the back, and the side pockets rock. I wish more companies did that. Also have an Octane-14 for those days when you want to haul a stupid big amount of stuff.

Best I've ever felt was a Wingnut pack. The downside was having the pack pretty much shred apart in about six months. E-mailed the company about that, and never got any response, so back to Camelbak it was.
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Old 12-27-08, 05:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the writeup, maybe I will steal it from you.
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Old 12-27-08, 05:37 PM   #4
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looks nice i have a dakine pack and its great but when coiming off drops or w/e it does kinda bounce around, how is this oneE?
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Looks nice. My wife is needing a new pack. I'll look to see if they make a womens version.
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Old 12-28-08, 09:01 AM   #6
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Looks nice. My wife is needing a new pack. I'll look to see if they make a womens version.
Like a hip hugger?



Hey 66, I used to put my tube in with the bladder on my Classic and it eventually wore a hole in the bladder. You may wanna see if you can rig up a shield of some sort (nylon/leather/sumpin) to protect the bladder. I had to use 2 green slime patches to fix the holes in the bladder. Up side is that now I have proof that you can effectively patch a bladder with tube patches.


The Octane looks sweet...I want one.
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Old 12-28-08, 09:16 AM   #7
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I like the hip pockets a lot. I tend to put my snacks in there so that I don't have to take my pack off if I want to munch on something. My Deuter has mesh hip pockets so they wouldn't be good to hold tiny things but food works well.
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Wow santiago...you got a Deuter? Those are bling.
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Wow santiago...you got a Deuter? Those are bling.
I have a Camelbak Mule that I thought was just a tad too small for what I like to carry, so decided to get something bigger last year. By coincidence there were a couple of "What Camelbak should I get?" threads going on and He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named mentioned he used and liked Deuters.

I got one and couldn't be happier. I got the Hydro Exp 12 model. I don't remember how much I paid but it was comparable in price to a Camelbak. I think I got it off Ebay.

I do prefer the Camelbak bladder over the one that comes with the Deuter but that's easy to swap in. I like the little details that are in the bag like a clip for the hose, a pump pocket, hip pockets, etc.
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