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  1. norbar Active Member

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    Decided to get a backpack with camelback for resort and am riding. I've been out of touch in the backpack market but what are my options if I want something fairly light, that can store a lot of water and doesn't have to transport lots of tools? 100-150$ Though if cheaper is an option than why not.
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    Camelbak Mule cannot be beaten. And you can find it any just about any color imaginable. Has straps for most anything you can possibly need for resort riding unless you want to carry a bear cub.
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    i've got a dakine pack that i'm pleased with. i've also got a camelbak too.
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    don't EVOC and POC make some that have integrated spine protectors too? if you're going to be DHing with it, then why not?
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    I'm alreay using back protection but it's a nice tough for agressive trail riding.
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    I have the Hydrapak Selva which is not on their site anymore, but I like the pack and the bladder system a lot. Their Tamarack looks nice too.

    -Brett
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    Dakine Drafter.
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    Osprey Zealot, hands down. I love most of their packs but the features on that particular model are perfect for the gravity crowd. I dont often use a pack when riding resort or shuttle stuff but when I do I can hardly even notice that it is there. I cannot say the same for CamelBak products. The straps dont fit my torsoe well and I notice the weight shifting around alot on many of their models.
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    found a cheap evoc trail and im tempted. enduro version looks nice also! :)
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    Being able to strap my ff to it would be great. Seems silly but all the times I had to ride between lifts in places like Morzine it just makes sense.
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    Dakine Nomad. You can also strap your knee guards on it.
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    I use this very minimalist Camelbak XLP for MTB XC racing & trail riding and also dirtbiking when it's worn over body armor. It carries plenty of water for my backcountry adventures or a normal person's hour+ excursions away from a water fountain. There's a zippered pocket and an elastic pouch that should be able to carry whatever you'd want at a resort (safety supplies). Most importantly it's very light and small so you don't know it's there with or without body armor (the waist strap is unnecessary and was cut off).
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    Anyone tried Evoc?

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  17. worship_mud New Member

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    wtf is resort riding?

    i use a Camelbak MULE as a hydration pack for XC /AM riding and a Deuter Transalpine 30 for multiday trips and i can recommend them both, awesome backpacks.

    Camelbak M.U.L.E.


    Deuter Transalpine 30
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    Bikeparks? Not XC/AM. 10l backpacks that are usefull in large bikeparks when you have rides between lifts/hidden trails. 30l backpag is a total pig for dh riding.
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    yes they are fantastic bags, obviously a bit heavier than the osprey/camelbak offerings but the protection is great.
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    aah, ok... never been to a bikepark that large, the ones i've been to didn't make me wish for a backpack....
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    /end thread
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    I'm also thinking about the camelback agent

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    this.
    best backpack in existance.
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    Def one of the most hideous looking packs on the market IMO. If you want to buy a pack that will last, buy a DAKINE.
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    I use the Osprey Talon 11 to run to the gym as well as commute with. 11 liters with bladder capability. Super lightweight and belt/chest straps keep it from moving at all. Also has a thing to store an XC style lid when youre not wearing it. Got mine on backcountry.com for like $80-100ish.

    http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/product/multi-use/talon_11
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    all of these backpacks are only good for local shuttling, not resort riding...
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    simply leave your shoulder straps very loose just like he does then...
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    Need close up pics of the Mule to see the upper compression straps and the outside mesh pocket has a buckle too. I can strap my windbreaker to one side or run it parallel across the top and have it pinned down by those two upper straps and then run knee pads vertically on those and the two lower outside straps. The quick clips on the top straps make it fast to unlatch stuff.

    When unloaded those two straps cinch down flush and they slide out to hold a large bit. Your helmet can be buckled to those just as easily.

    I sent an email to Camelbak saying they were wasting their efforts by not posting pics on site or in the tag showing all the variations on how to hold gear to that pack. If you are a caribener nut, you can even overload it in such a ridiculous fashion.
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    you ever ridden in the Alpine resorts of Europe? They can stretch between a dozen or so villages and valleys. You might not finish the day in the same town, or even country you started off in. Transition between these valleys can require a bit of pedalling. A bag to haul around stuff you might leave at your hotel room in Whistler is almost a requirement in the Alps (basic toolkit, tubes, windbreaker, water and a snack), otherwise you might be a few miles from the nearest town.

    I once had to coast/push between Les Gets and Morzine for about 5 miles when the freehub exploded on my rental bike. A tool kit wouldn't have helped me, but a bit of water and a granola bar or two sure would have been nice.
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    you are clearly missing the sarcasm here. its a backpack dude, there are no features that make it a 'resort' backpack versus a regular riding backpack that we all use on a regular basis. unless, of course, you have a separate backpack for every place you ride, then i'll stand corrected...
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    you can always get it in black. but the dakine never comes with a backprotector.
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    What is wrong with ridemonkey lately? Are we to go back to grunts and stop naming things because it's uncool? I had to give it some name. Light backpack to use on my downhill bike in alpine bikeparks was a bit long for a topic
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    If I am riding with backpack, I let my spine protector at home just because it feels awkward. I wear the protection jacket and have the backpack as "protector".
    It just feels far better to have the backpack right on your skin.
    If you feel the same about that I'd highly recommend the Evoc route, just because you're a guy who is serious about protection.
    My 2 cents.
    And yes, the Dakine packs are awesome, but they don't come with spine protection.
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  34. norbar Active Member

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    I am curious to try elbows + back protector instead of full steamy body armor sauna so the backpack would be a nice option
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    good idea with only elbows and backpack!
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    Today's your lucky day. Osprey Mantra is on blowout on REI Outlet one day only for $60. Buy it risk free. If it sucks, take it back no questions asked: http://www.rei.com/outlet/deal-of-the-day.

    Also, JensonUSA's FB page said something the other day about the Mule being on sale for the same price, but I think you may have to like something on their page.
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  37. norbar Active Member

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    With shipping it will cost around the same as the camelback while it is quite big at 20l. Thanks for the link though. When I kill my bigger pack for trail riding it may be a thing to get
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    Shipping? Ship to store is the way to get REI stuff. No charge for that method. But then I assume Poland is lacking in REI branches.
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    Isn't norbar in Poland?


    edited to add: yes he is.
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