Hydration pack recommendations please
The time has come to replace my Camelbak Mule NV-
Really like the layout of the bag with tool compartment and built in rain cover
Can anyone recommend a replacement?
Have looked around and can’t find a good deal on a new Mule NV
Looked at the Dakine Nomad 18l- anyone used this pack?Posted 3 years ago
Love my Osprey Raptor. Used it to replace a MULE. Much prefer my Raptor. It’s just the small things, like the magnet that attaches the valve to the chest harness, fold out & removable tool tidy pack at the base of the pack, couple of small pockets on waist harness (for your phone, or easy access snackage), whistle on the chest harness. Modern MULEs may have these, but I’ve not looked. Get a Raptor, you won’t regret it!Posted 3 years agobrassneckSubscriber
Just got a Camelbak Charge from Halfords at £40 – the low reservoir is a revelation, so much more comforatble – the Mule NV is relegated to big days out only, and possibly EBay. Could do with slightly deeper internal dividers to stop tools rattling around, but I can’t fault it apart from that.Posted 3 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
I’ve got a Dakine Amp 12. Great bag, good tool storage, not the biggest to be filling with extra clothes, but fine for an all dayer if you’re not a take everything and the kitchen sink.
The HydraPak reservoir is fine except for the bite valve. Too stiff to turn on and off one handed, if left open it dribbles down your front. I replaced the valve with an Osprey one. I needed to tape the hose tail up to get it a tight fit.Posted 3 years agotomtomthepiperssonSubscriber
I’ve got an Osprey Raptor 14 – it’s a good, lots of nice features and really comfortable but it’s not very robust. Mine has a tear in the front and one of the plastic clips has torn off – both caused by low hanging branches.Posted 3 years ago
Will probably look for something and bit less snaggy next time.wobbliscottMember
A mate has a Camelback Charge and really likes it. Especially the belt pockets meaning you can access stuff without taking the pack off. The lower bladder seems like a good feature. Also it’s handy to have a pack that has a bit more volume than you need to take more gear on a bigger day, or pack clothing if the weather looks dodgy.
Anyone tried an Evoc? I’ve got my eye on one that’s on offer at Wiggle at the moment.Posted 3 years agosatchm00Member
My Camelbak Mule NV is going strong after 5 years, if it dies I’ll probably buy another.
Price wise, even if it was slightly more expensive I feel I get good value out of it.
Can’t remember the model name but I have the one with the built in rain cover. Rain cover probably helps keeping it alive that little bit longer. Gets shoved in the washing machine once a year too. Comes out looking newish.Posted 3 years agofathomerSubscriber
I’ve got an Osprey Raptor 10, which I really like but wish I’d got a 14, might sell the 10 and get a 14.
Like said above, it’s well made and has some really nice thoughtout things like the magnet, tool roll etc. which Camelbak are copying in their new packs.
What’s so special about the USWE packs?Posted 3 years agoandybradSubscriber
currently in a similar situation.
tried camleback. Works well.
tried platypus (2 different types of res) old one is like a camleback but you cant clean it effectively. new one is like hydropack but doesn’t flow enough fluid.
just ordered two different hydropack ones (regis and laguna) from merlin. Will let you know what they are like at the weekend.Posted 3 years ago
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