One pack to rule them all… Mule replacement
4 1/2 year Mule finally passed away peacefully at home after many happy hours being dragged through valleys, up and down hills, and occasionally being thrown roughly to the ground. Replacement pack required with following spec:
– 10-14 litres. Pref on the upper side of that range
– 3 litre bladder/easy fill/no slumping/easy to clean
– Well thought out interior, pump and tool pockets useful + side pockets for gels etc. Somewhere to stash phone/sunnies good
– Compressable (is that a word? It should be..), if there’s a second compartment to take rain jacket/extra layer that’s easy to get too, all the better but needs to be able to be packed down when not full
– Tough but not super heavy
– Long back preferred, don’t like NV mules but non NV a possibility
– Some strapping to take occasional armour would be useful, as would a helmet specific bit.
– Good adjustment on harness as I’m a lanky so and so.
Raptor 14 looks good. Had a look at one tonight but was the s/m and I want the long back one so prob have to wait for 2013 packs and pay list. Mule XV also in the running but just a bit small and HAWG a bit big.
I already use a charge Octane LR for night/short rides so this is more a day pack to take butties/tubes/pumps/spare kit/emergency badger etc.
Also looked at dakine apex (bit big). I’m sure there’s something perfect out there. Budget I suppose to £100 if it’s going to last another 4 years.
Real world experiences/recommendations appreciated. Ta.
BrandPosted 5 years agonickcSubscriber
Osprey Talon II
May fail the compressibility test, and the bladder is only 2 litre (carrying 3 litres is a bit ‘once a year’ though really) but otherwise a very well made, very stable bit of kit, not too long, not too small, swallows nearly everything, loads of little secret pockets.Posted 5 years agomattrgeeMember
I’ve got the new Osprey Raptor 14 2013 model and it’s great. The single zip to remove the bladder and the tube is just awesome as is the re-enforced bladder that makes getting it into a full pack a breeze. The tool pouch fulfils my OCD and the zipped hip pockets are very handy.Posted 5 years ago
Best bit of zealot over raptor is the toolkit pocket and bag. But it also has a handy phone pocket on shoulder strap and zipped waist pockets which my small raptor doesnt have. It can also carry full face lid if enduros go like that. Oh and it opens right out flat, if something has dropped to bottomPosted 5 years agodirtbiker100Member
Was about to go for the Zealot 10 but realised it doesn’t have those handy hip pockets! My Dakine Nomad has side pockets you can reach without taking the bag off. The Raptor series has them but they can’t take a full face helmet though.Posted 5 years ago
I want 10L/3L bladder, full face carrying option, that brilliant lid lock, and a way of accessing energy gels/multi tool without having to take the bag off. Maybe I’ll sacrifice the side pockets…
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