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 Post subject: Hydration backpacks.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:15 am 
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So, I know, fashion-wise, that backpacks are 1999ish these days, but I also know that most you guys say a big fuckyoo to fashion. I like that .
I also like backpacks, I still love my ancient Blackburn Mississippi, with room for TWO 100ZZ'ers, and a web suspension trampoline thingie for connecting the pack to my body. And the thick waist belt.....yowza . Provides a firm platform for my quick-draw sheath that I keep my fixed tanto blade in. Gives me the strong illusion that I'm ready if some retarded Big Kitty (not too big) decides to confront me head-on.

So, my delusions of grandeur aside, what about the rest of youse guys? Do you even use a backpack? BTW, I also love that bigass pack for the back/spine protection it provides me......Wo Wa Woo Wa!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:04 pm 
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Good timing for this thread ray. My mini mule is getting real tired. It’s child size but so am I.
It holds enough water for bike park outings and longer rides in cooler weather, holds a small tripod and phone clamp, keys, 2 cliff bars, glasses, phone, pump and small video cam. It fits under my jacket in bitter cold. Keeps it from freezing.

It comes up short for longer rides when I need more water, tools, spares and a place to hold clothes shed from rising temps. For that I have a mule NV which is as big as my torso :lol:

It’s never left me wanting more room

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Never been a water bottle holder user on MTB. Don’t carry a blade either


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:29 pm 
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Yeah, hydration backpacks are out of fashion, so is champagne for breakfast.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:11 pm 
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Not a fan of Camelback's, as they're way overpriced and not very user friendly. Had a Hydrapak that I loved. Lot's of room and very comfortable, but didn't last long as the stitching was getting loose in some spots. My son got me an Osprey pack and while not cheap, I love it. Lot's of room for things, comfortable and very rugged.

I'm a firm believer in wearing a pack as it has saved my back many times in a crash.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:52 am 
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These days, I ride mostly with a fanny pack, unless doing a 3+ hrs ride somewhere more remote.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:58 am 
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Yeah I love the back protection too. As i'm getting older, I seem to end up on my back a lot more often!
I can't believe the Blackburn has lasted this long, with no sign of needing replacement. One of the best purchases I've ever made of bike stuff.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:02 pm 
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When I leave from home, no back pack. Just a small multi-tool and a pocket knife in my pocket. Water bottles in the holders of the frame. My wife can bail me out if I can a break down.

When riding in the forest or away from civilization, I do wear a back pack. Mine is an Osprey Raptor 10. I wish I would have gotten the Raptor 14 model, though. I can carry quite a bit in the 10, but it's crammed.

A few of my buds strap their tools/parts to their frames in a minimalist form.

BTW, I HATE the added weight of a full bladder on my back!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:57 pm 
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I found the added weight on the back, to be a mindset issue.
Think about it.
I'm like 200 lbs.
2 liters of water, that's like 4 lbs.

The hydration pack has no significant influence, being like 2% of weight added.
It's 100% suspended mass, and contrary to water bottles, I've never lost a hydration pack.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:16 pm 
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No pack with a stout waist belt, no mountain lion knife that can be drawn in milliseconds. I didn't study that Iaido for nothin'.

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