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    The right Camelback??

    At the moment, I've got a HD rear rack and bag on my hardtail, to carry tools, jacket, cold gear, snacks, ect. I have "Reiters Syndrome" a very mean and chronic arthrits that attackes the tendons and ligaments. It's not comfortable for me to use a back pack but I wondered if anyone would recommend a "Camelback", that could haul some gear at least 50oz. water and not feel like it weighs a TON??

    Open to suggestions on what works for YOU, they have a LOT of models, thanks!
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    I use one of the basic 70 ounce models since it keeps the cost and weight down. I had a 100 ounce pack with lots of extra storage but found that I was getting some back pain. I might suggest the 70 since they are often on sale and you don't need to fill it up. That would also give you a little extra capacity if you need it at any point. This one is a smaller pack and might work also. http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Chute+08.aspx
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    dakine makes some great packs that carry tools.
    http://www.dakine.com/sport-packs/bike/builders-pack/

    if you don't need something that large, i am currently using a vaude, and i am really really really happy with it, it carries a lot of stuff and is small and QUITE comfortable.

    http://www.vaude.com/epages/Vaude-de...ucts/100850400

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    I recently bought a Camelbak Lobo. It has a 100 oz. bladder, though. It holds a fair amount of "stuff" but doesn't feel too big or heavy. I am happy with it.

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    The Osprey Raptor 10 or 14 are awesome, they always get great reviews.

    http://www.ospreypacks.com/Packs/RaptorSeries/Raptor10/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malemute_Kid View Post
    I recently bought a Camelbak Lobo. It has a 100 oz. bladder, though. It holds a fair amount of "stuff" but doesn't feel too big or heavy. I am happy with it.
    +1 love my Lobo. has just enough room for some gear and isn't too big, bulky or heavy.

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    I used a basic camelback for a few years and recently switched to the the 100 oz M.U.L.E not only for extra water but also increased carrying capacity. The "extra weight" does not bother me at all and I even got one of my weight weenie friends to get one as well.

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    I bought mine at Dicks Sporting Goods, its the CamelBak HydroBak 1.5L. The rides i go on usually last 2-3 hours and i normally have 1/4 of the water left (i dont guzzle it, but i do stay hydrated). If i remeber correctly i bought it for $35 and i havent looked back yet..

    ps, it comes in cool colors to boost your bike SHAWG, mine is the yellow one http://www.camelbak.com/sports-recre...-hydrobak.aspx
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    $16 Hydrapack FTW. Nah it's really not that great. I got it because it was cheap & it still works fine, but the bladder barrels way too much when you fill it up. Not an issue lately because it's cold so I don't need as much water, but I'll be looking into getting an Osprey Raptor when Spring time rolls around.

    Edit: I guess I should fix this for 66. The real reason it's not an issue is because e-riding doesn't require a backpack-hydration system.
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    the hydrobak is a decent choice. i had one of those and liked it very much due to its small size/weight and comfort. the downfalls are 1) smaller bladder and 2) less cargo space. just things to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samburger View Post
    . . . e-riding doesn't require a backpack-hydration system.
    A hot-air retention system is a must, though .

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    http://www.hucknroll.com/hydrapak-st...:referralID=NA

    This is the one I have, only I found it on chainlove a while back for like $10. Came to somewhere between $15-20 after shipping. If I had a job at the time, I would have gotten something nicer. But for the money, can't beat it. Plenty of storage for a pump, tube, multi-tool, phone, & wallet--but come summer when it gets in the high 90's with GA humidity, I use almost all the water it can hold on a longer ride, & it barrels like a mofo. It's added encouragement to stay hydrated though. The more you drink, the better it feels.
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    I have been using Camelbak Lobo for a year, it's great
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    I have a Camelbak MULE, a Soloman Raid, and a smaller Nathan hydration pack. My favorite if I don't need to carry a lot of gear is the Nathan. It's really light weight, has a 70 oz bladder, and also has 3 pouches/pockets on the front straps. The front pouches are a great feature as they allow me access to items without taking the pack off. Not sure why more manufacturers don't have the front pockets available.

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    I have a H.A.W.G, don't really use it to hold water anymore, but it's great for carrying parts and tools when at the pumptrack or riding street.
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    http://www.rei.com/search?cat=450000...Bike+Hydration

    I like REI as a source and they have a great presence in the community. I picked up a High Sierra 70oz off the clearance section that works really well. I always thought it would be bulky and heavy before I bought one. I don't even feel it. I carry more tools and first aid stuff than anyone I know.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions, it's appreciated! I bought a "Dakine hydro unit", smallish backpack type with 70oz. bladder. It works pretty well and it was on "close out" sale for $25.00 (maybe because it's black and blue PLAD ) It carries all I had in my rack bag so I just took the "rack" off my Jamis Hardtail so it's back to "stock". I can get about 2.5 to 3 hrs. of riding without too much pain, which is ok as a standard day pack will give me problems in 30 mins.! It's full to max so I may get a slightly larger camelback in the future and give this one to the wife.
    Take care, RIDE SAFE, have FUN!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjjoondo View Post
    it's black and blue PLAD
    Uh oh, you got yourself some straight up freeride gear son. Don't be surprised if you get the urge to start popping wheelies and hucking off stuff.

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