Wingnuts here as well, comfy, tough, nearly fully waterproof.
the load is kept low, & doesn’t shift around. You’ll need to buy your own hydration bladder though, they don’t come with them.
The Hyper 3.0 is the goldilocks one, not too big for quick local blasts, and not too small for big days out.
Edit: Just to add, I’ve had mine for about 5 years now, and it shows no signs of wearing out, so definitely worth the moneyPosted 4 years agolongmoverMember
Evoc Freeride16 with a camelback bladder. It is really comfy, has enough room for a couple of tubes, 2 pumps, some tools, wallet, phone and a good supply of flap jacks. The built in back protector is pretty good. Most importantly, I had a huge off whilst wearing it and the slice of brownie I was carrying survived unscathed.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I really like the wingnut idea… But I’m still using a fairly old Camelbak Chaos, which is damn near perfect. Tough as old boots too. Only downside is that like quite a lot of Camelbaks, if you fill it with stuff it baloons out a bit, and doesn’t sit quite as well on my back.Posted 4 years agoalandavidpetrie79Member
Used a Camelbak Mule a few years ago which was good.
More recently a Dakine Nomad, also good, but a bit big for trail centre riding which is when I use it most.
Just got an Evoc 10L & is definitely the best of all, very comfortable, lightweight, well designed & a perfect size.Posted 4 years agoDelSubscriber
have an old mule. still going strong but as mentioned turns in to a tube when the bladder is full.Posted 4 years ago
have a wingnut. pretty knackered after ~ 2 years use. waist strap nearly pulled out of it’s anchor point. considering it’s supposed to take a lot of the weight of the pack it’s fixing is stitched through just one line. zips on the way out. not very good considering the price. if weight is really important to you get one, but don’t get it for longevity. pretty good concept but flawed IMHO.
have an osprey waist pack now – 8L capacity + bottles. plenty of room. has the ‘low down weight’ advantage. seems very well built indeed. doesn’t jig about any more than the wingnut and keeps upper back free to vent which is priceless.allthepiesMember
Has the Mule design changed such that you can actually get a full bladder into the compartment without taking most of the other kit out of the pack and shaking the thing like a ginger stepchild ? 😉
Moving from a Mule to a Osprey Raptor was a revelation, much better designed.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
I’ve got a Camelback Lobo with a 2ltr bladder, though the Lobo can take 3ltr bladder. The Lobo is perfect for a day out at a trail centre, or if you’re out for a few hrs. Just enough room for a couple of inner tubes, decent multi tool, a couple of CO2 canisters, a spare pair of brake pads, a spare mech hangar, a few gel packs, a packet of sweets, keys, iPhone (or other smartphone, or non-smartphone). It has an expandable pocket for a rolled up kagool and a decent sized mini pump. If I were out on an all-day epic out in the sticks and wanted to carry a few more spares and kit to be even more self sufficient, you’d need a larger pack. The Camelback bladder system really is very good. Not tried the other brands, I’m sure they’re just as good, but the Camelbacks are brilliant bits of kit.
I just wish they, or some other brand out ther would offer one that has all the kit in the middle and have two 1 or 1.5 ltr bladders either side with a straw over each shoulder. I find that having the bladder between your back and your kit is uncomfortable and having two bladders would be useful if you wanted to have water in one and something else in the other, like High 5 or beer!Posted 4 years ago
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