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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 4:04 pm 
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I've got a Race Face one from years ago, it's not got the bells and whistles of a Camelback, but it holds a 3 litre bladder and is incredibly light. It also expands to hold a helmet and has enough space for all my essentials, I'm not sure if you can still get them but it's what I'd recommend if you can.


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 9:55 am 
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Alpkit gourdon , small 20l one , good price , very robust and most important waterproof, takes up to 3l bladder and has a couple of small external twangy pockets.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 11:04 am 
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I use a Berghaus Freeflow/Airflow - you can get similar designs much cheaper (inc Aldi's) but essentially the pack is held off your back by stretched vented webbing so your back is gets much less sweaty - far more comfortable as an all day pack despite the extra weight.

Mine (an earlier version, not sure if current models are the same) has a full sheet plastic panel so it also effectively works like a back protector in a crash, I've tested that a few times :) I have the 25 litre version it is designed to hold most of the contents at the bottom of the rucksack which helps keep the centre of gravity lower.

you can see the way the webbing works on the rear pic here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005JRNMD6/r ... B005JRNMD6


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 1:40 pm 
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Matthews wrote:
Alpkit gourdon , small 20l one , good price , very robust and most important waterproof, takes up to 3l bladder and has a couple of small external twangy pockets.
Matthew


Looked the Gourdon up but unfortunately the 20l is out of stock until July..:-( from the reviews I can't imagine wanting anything else,.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 8:25 am 
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I got a little Karrimor bag which is perfect for riding.

Cost £8 from Sports Direct.

http://www.sportsdirect.com/karrimor-si ... ack-791012

Or you can get one a bit bigger for £12.

http://www.sportsdirect.com/karrimor-ur ... ack-791033

They had loads of other bags with integrated drinks things in as well.

Can't go wrong really!

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 10:43 am 
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So is 20l a medium size pack?

If i bought a non camelbak branded one, what are the options for bladders? Like where do they fit etc or if xx pack has its own version of bladder?

My mate says he had a dakine pack which was good but the bladder had a poor design and kept leaking (like a ziploc bag?).


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 1:55 pm 
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cyfa2809 wrote:
So is 20l a medium size pack?



you mean 2.0 l surely? If you own or have seen a 20 l jerry can, they you'd know they are hoooooge

Here is my poem about one.

There once was a man
With a 20 litre jerry can
In it was petrol
To fill up a van.

[img]http://www.roadking.co.uk/user/Images/Products/Incab/jerry-can-green20l[1].gif[/img]


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 2:59 pm 
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A bit off topic,

But every van I have seen has been a diesel
Unless the man in your poem is in the A Team , their van was a v8 :roll:
:lol: :lol:
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 8:37 pm 
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Nowadays I go as small as possible. No need to haul the kitchen sink along


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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 9:10 pm 
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Haha great poem that.

20l is the total space, whether fluid or not?

So i guess a 2l bladder and 18l for storage??


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