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Old 08-01-05, 03:47 PM
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My vote goes for my Camelback Classic. Holds 70 oz and has only a tiny storage pocket just big enough for keys, some $$$, a small map and a snack. I wish it had a little more storage but I give it my top vote because the instant I put it on my back I completely forget about it, even full of water. Also acts as a perfect water cushion when I do the occassional back-splat! ; )

My second place goes to Camelback HAWG. Holds everything I could ever want to take on a ride without feeling bulky.

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Old 08-01-05, 03:55 PM
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Hawg. I love it. Great for biking and visiting DisneyWorld with the wife.
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DaKine Nomad. Burly construction, lots of H2O capacity, ample storage without being bulky, and the ability to secure and carry a full-face helmet for long, hot climbs.
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My $30 Schwinn Hydrapack. It can hold 2 litres of water (70 oz) and has two large pockets for storage.
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Old 08-01-05, 04:01 PM
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Camelback lobo here. Big enough for 2 tubes, mini pump, and food bars. Not big either.
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Old 08-01-05, 04:14 PM
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Deuter Race X Air 1. It can hold 3L of water, and has enough room for me to carry all my stuff to and from work every day. It's also great for keeping your back cool because of the stiff mesh in between the bag and your back, so the bag isn't resting directly on your back.
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Old 08-01-05, 04:35 PM
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Camelbak Mule. I can carry everything I need for a short ride or an all day ride. tools pumps, tubes etc.
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Old 08-01-05, 05:08 PM
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i have the camelback rouge, 2 liters of water, and room for house key, cc, phone, or whatever. i opted against teh 3 liter, thats just too much water, its bad enough i need to lose 25 more lbs, plus having a 3L strapped to your back.
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Old 08-01-05, 05:34 PM
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I use the Mule. It works great for me!
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Patagonia Atom bag. Weird choice but I like it better than my camelback.
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Old 08-01-05, 06:05 PM
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I like my MULE.. 3 liter plus gear. Sweet. I would like a bigger one sometime for bike expenditions. Mule is very compact yet can expand like crazy to hold a lot of gear, which makes it perfect day lark to an alldayer pack for me.
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Old 08-01-05, 08:02 PM
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I have a MULE and think it's great for rides. It also has a 3L capacity for water. I can put all necessary gear for riding. This bag is not convenient for commuting to work though. There's just no room for clothes and shoes.
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Old 08-01-05, 08:22 PM
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loving my dakine apex. their first pack with full-face carrying capability, before they tweeked the nomad. holds 3L of water, plenty of room inside for whatever you think you may need and staps to hold your arm/leg armour.

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Camelbak Ambush. Can be expanded with my military pouches as I need. Has a relatively small area of cover on your back, so you sweat little compared to "full back" Camelbaks.
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Old 08-02-05, 12:41 AM
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I have an older Blowfish (pre Omega reservoir) that I've had for about five years. The thing's still holding up wonderfully
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currently a camelbak rim runner. holds a 100oz. bladder normally, with plenty of room for the spare 70oz. i have, if needed for mega rides. fully loaded up on my "normal" rides, it weighs in at a measly 15-20 pounds.....

fun fact: nice thing about the newer style of screw off camelbak lids. large neough to slip a can/bottle of beer through. throw a bunch of ice in there, and it keeps your beer nice and cold. and still leaves you a good 70oz. of water, enough for most 2-3 hour rides for me. um, be sure to clean off the bottle/can before you toss it in with your water though.

these pics were from a day that i was out for about 6 hours. fairly typical load for me. though you can't see, there is also a plastic bag with a half roll of TP in. for those just in case times. i love this pack. plenty of room for long days, summer or winter, but straps down to a much smaller size for close in, shorter rides when i take some stuff out.

honkin' big first aid kit, shell jacket or vest. lots of munchies. id/money/keys. pump/tubes/patches. some spare bolts for the most common sizes, spare brake and shift cable pre-cut, a spare set of brake pads (i run the same disc brakes on all 3 bikes), duct tape and zip ties, a couple chain links, for 9spd and my SS bike. my digicam. three multi tools all mixed into one; the stuff i liked from each all put together. compass/thermometer, map of wherever i'm riding. a space blanket, lighter, and waterproof/windproof matches, some iodine water treatment tablets. it's a cr@pload to carry, but i'd far rather have it most of the time than not. most of my rides are solo, and away from where it's easy to get out of.

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Old 08-02-05, 08:14 AM
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.... a "free" water bottle
 
Old 08-02-05, 01:47 PM
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I have an old-school Mule. 6 or 7 years old and still works great.
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Originally Posted by gwhunt23
Camelback lobo here. Big enough for 2 tubes, mini pump, and food bars. Not big either.
Ditto for the same reasons.
Sometimes I fill my Lobo with a sports drink and fill my bottle with water. I got tired of washing my wounds with Orange Powerade.
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Old 08-02-05, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by eric1971
I have an old-school Mule. 6 or 7 years old and still works great.
I have one of those too. The classic Mule is venerable. But the new stuff is SOOO much nicer (the 2004 stuff that is ;-) )

For those considering off brands, remember that the Camelbak hydration system itself is second to NONE. Their bladders and valves beat EVERYBODY.

I tried an off brand bladder to save money (when I had to dispose of my Mule bladder). It just was NOT the same. The bite valve was HORRIBLE and the opening didn't come anywhere close the Omega bladders.

Camelbak is a known quantity. You'll always get great stuff from them. Everyone else is a dice roll.
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Old 08-02-05, 10:01 PM
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At the moment it's bottle of Gatorade on the frame. I don't like the thought of having extra weight on my back.
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Anyone else have dripping from the Camelback 'big bite' valve? It feels pretty good on my leg on a really hot day but I wondered if they all did this? It's a pretty new Camelback.
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Originally Posted by santiago
I have a MULE and think it's great for rides. It also has a 3L capacity for water. I can put all necessary gear for riding. This bag is not convenient for commuting to work though. There's just no room for clothes and shoes.
If you use a stuff sack and the elastic bungee cords on the outside of the MULE.. you will find plenty of room
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