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hydration packs

Postby midgehulluk » Sun Sep 01, 2013 21:25 pm

hey folks

is it worth buying a hydration pack and what recommendations have you all got, been told the cammelbak rogue is a good option?

thanks.

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Re: hydration packs

Postby mcnultycop » Sun Sep 01, 2013 21:38 pm

Yes. Get one.

How much do you have to spend and how much crap do you want to carry?

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Re: hydration packs

Postby Kowalski675 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 21:41 pm

mcnultycop wrote:Yes. Get one.

How much do you have to spend and how much crap do you want to carry?


If you don't want to spend much, and travel light, then Tesco do one for £12 that does the job (the bite valve does tend to seep a few drops in use though).

If you have deep pockets and want to carry a bit more stuff then the Camelback Mule I was looking at the other day seems good. There was a hydration pack group test in last month's What mountain Bike.
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Re: hydration packs

Postby G-S » Sun Sep 01, 2013 21:44 pm

Depends on the riding you do to be honest. A rogue is a good option if you don't need to carry any spares or tools (there is a little space round the bladder, but not a lot). A better option is to look at your existing backpack, to see if there is a little loop to hang anything in on the inside near the strap yoke. If there is, great, if there isn't try threading through a key fob or similar to see if your rigged loop can support a little weight without destroying the balance, shape, or structure of the pack. Assuming everything has gone ok, get yourself to Sports Direct, but a cheap hydration bladder there for 5 to 7 quid, and give it a go. If it works for you great, if it works, but you want more quality, go for the Camelbak or similar. There are lots of good options out there, but always look at what you need to carry, as well as water, rather than just thinking about the fluids. Fluids are great to have on you, but not very good if you are in the wrong conditions, without your necessities. Personally I go for a Camelbak MULE, which carries enough, but not loads. In that I get 3 liters or water, space for a waterproof, tools, tubes, food, and a warm layer, with space to spare for misc items. The rrp is 70 quid though, but it works for me.

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Re: hydration packs

Postby cooldad » Sun Sep 01, 2013 22:00 pm

Kowalski675 wrote:
mcnultycop wrote:Yes. Get one.

How much do you have to spend and how much crap do you want to carry?


If you don't want to spend much, and travel light, then Tesco do one for £12 that does the job (the bite valve does tend to seep a few drops in use though).

I bought one of those about four years ago to try them out, being an old bottle user.

It's still going strong and I've never had the need to replace it. Absolute bargain.
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Re: hydration packs

Postby Kowalski675 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 22:08 pm

cooldad wrote:
Kowalski675 wrote:
mcnultycop wrote:Yes. Get one.

How much do you have to spend and how much crap do you want to carry?


If you don't want to spend much, and travel light, then Tesco do one for £12 that does the job (the bite valve does tend to seep a few drops in use though).

I bought one of those about four years ago to try them out, being an old bottle user.

It's still going strong and I've never had the need to replace it. Absolute bargain.


I got mine about five years ago, but I've only started using mine in the last few months. Can't fault it, apart from the bite valve, but that could be replaced with a better one. The current version has the same bladder, but slightly less carrying capacity.

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Re: hydration packs

Postby Cat With No Tail » Sun Sep 01, 2013 22:15 pm

Having had Camelbaks before, I have to say I'm a big fan of my Ergon BX2. They're not what you'd call cheap, knocking on for £100 once you get a bladder, but they carry all the stuff I realistically need on a ride, and is without a doubt, THE comfiest backpack I've ever owned.

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Re: hydration packs

Postby ej2320 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 22:40 pm

I have a camelbak charge 500 (I think that's it) and it's great

Lots on the market from different brands, just decide a capacity and search around

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Re: hydration packs

Postby coulddobetter » Sun Sep 01, 2013 23:31 pm

Camel back mule user . Surprising how I get through 3 litres of water . Very comfortable .loads of room .

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Re: hydration packs

Postby midgehulluk » Mon Sep 02, 2013 22:42 pm

Thanks for the replies guys, ive got it down to two bags the mule and raptor, any views on the raptor?.

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Re: hydration packs

Postby hainman » Tue Sep 03, 2013 07:29 am

i bought one from Decathlon,holds tools,innertube sweets spare gloves and can squeeze in my rain jacket and has a small net on the outside to fit a bottle if you dont want to take the bladder on short rides
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/hb-s2-black- ... 43904.html
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but for 20quid cheaper
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/hb-scudo-bla ... 38559.html
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Re: hydration packs

Postby Briggo » Tue Sep 03, 2013 07:30 am

midgehulluk wrote:Thanks for the replies guys, ive got it down to two bags the mule and raptor, any views on the raptor?.


Either one you won't be disappointed with, I prefer my Osprey Viper which is similar to the Raptor (I also have an older Mule) it just feels better on my back personally.

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Re: hydration packs

Postby reformedfatty » Tue Sep 03, 2013 09:33 am

Don't buy a camelbak branded one, you pay for too much for the brand name.

I use a trail running pack, very stable, comes with the bladder, holds loads, front pockets for haribo and a built in whistle so you can summon help after high impact trail departures.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/medium-hydra ... 16076.html

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Postby stubs » Tue Sep 03, 2013 09:39 am

I have a Deuter EX12 its about 5 or 6 years old and is still in top condition despite being abused and mistreated. I also have an Aldi one that I use as my commuter and short distance pack as its smaller, good value for £10 iirc. Dont be tempted to go too big or you will end up carrying a ton of unwanted junk with you.
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Re: hydration packs

Postby balmybaldwin » Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:11 pm

midgehulluk wrote:Thanks for the replies guys, ive got it down to two bags the mule and raptor, any views on the raptor?.



Not used a Mule, but I have a raptor.

Good points - solid bladder is easy to get into the pack, and doesn't sag etc like the cheapo ones, it also has a nifty magnet on the valve to keep the tube in one place when you are riding. the bag itself is good, if a bit fiddly to get into the bottom to find that illusive tool, and I've found small things can hide in a fold underneath the other internal pockets - no biggy

Bad point - for me although it is supremely comfortable when walking and running, I find that the lack of cushions either side of the spine on the back panel means that when riding long distances, it rubs on my vertebrae which makes them sore enough not to want a pack on at all the next day. This could be a personal thing and related to how flexible your back is - I get round this by sticking helmet foam bits on the back - a bit heath robinson but it works
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Re: hydration packs

Postby Briggo » Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:34 pm

reformedfatty wrote:Don't buy a camelbak branded one, you pay for too much for the brand name.

I use a trail running pack, very stable, comes with the bladder, holds loads, front pockets for haribo and a built in whistle so you can summon help after high impact trail departures.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/medium-hydra ... 16076.html


So not only will you have the backpack on your back aiding in the sweatfest but you get it on the front too, lovely.

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Re: hydration packs

Postby midgehulluk » Tue Sep 03, 2013 15:45 pm

Briggo wrote:
midgehulluk wrote:Thanks for the replies guys, ive got it down to two bags the mule and raptor, any views on the raptor?.


Either one you won't be disappointed with, I prefer my Osprey Viper which is similar to the Raptor (I also have an older Mule) it just feels better on my back personally.


just checked out the vipers and i prefer the look of it over the raptor. What's the bladder size on them and which viper you got and how much storage is in them?

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Re: hydration packs

Postby slindborg » Tue Sep 03, 2013 20:00 pm

I picked up a wood side 2l pack from eBay for about £10.00 ok its small and not a camelback or osprey etc but it does its job for getting fluid in with a tapped bite valve etc.

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Re: hydration packs

Postby sprite1275 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 21:33 pm

Rogue here. I can fit all my essentials in, multitool, spare tube, patches, pump, keys, phone and snacks. Didn't want anything bigger as I know I'd take stuff ill never use and its all extra weight.
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Re: hydration packs

Postby BigAirNig » Tue Sep 03, 2013 21:51 pm

Osprey Viper 13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOoAq5tg3qQ

or Raptor - depending what carrying capacity you want.....

The bladder by Osprey has a rigid outer part, so sliding in and out of the pack is easier than the Camel ones (unless they've changed it recently ..... )
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