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Hydration Pack(9 posts)

Hydration PackAndante
Jan 2, 2002 1:27 PM
I am looking for a road cycling pack. I commute, thus need to bring a small amount of gear/clothes with me. I have heard good things about vaude and deuter. Supposedly your back does not get as sweatty as compared to a Camelback. Any road cyclists find packs that work well. ((I know it is uncool for a road cyclist to use hydration packs rather than water bottles, but Panniers are even more uncool.))
re: Hydration PackSamu
Jan 2, 2002 3:24 PM
I never heard of vaude. I have a friend who has a deuter. Seems like a regular hydration pack except his had a raincoat and pack cover which would be perfect for commuting. My other friend that commutes wants one because his backpack get's covered with road crap when it rains.
re: Hydration PackMrCelloBoy
Jan 2, 2002 10:37 PM
I own several CamelBaks. The Rocket is a small one with little space for extras. A Blowfish or M.U.L.E. could hold the extra cothing but you'd probably be less likely to use it for hydation due to its large overall size.
I personaly disagree that hydration packs are "uncool" for road biking.
re: Hydration PackMJ
Jan 3, 2002 1:55 AM
I use a Camelback HAWG to carry just a few things (boxers, T-shirts, phone, keys, tools etc.) on the commute - it works great and has the possibility of carrying a bit more (plus water) for rides in the middle of nowhere

anyways - cycling is not cool and commuting even less so

don't know deuter or vaude
I don't know how long...UncleMoe
Jan 3, 2002 9:20 AM
your commute is. Mine is 20 miles one way. Using a pack carry my clothes and gear was a drag. I too didn't want a rack or pannier. I tried it though and despite the "uncool" factor, I enjoy my commute way more than I did with a pack on my back.

Just a thought. I'd hate you to loose points with friends for looking uncool.
Hydration packs are not uncool for roadies!dsc
Jan 3, 2002 1:42 PM
I use a Camelbak Hawg for off-road and a Rocket for on the road ( mtb background dictates that I MUST carry extra tools, tubes, cell phone etc. every time I leave the house :O) ). So far, even with my pack on, every roadie I've passed has returned my wave, and I live in the middle of elite triathlete-central (north San Diego co.)

BTW, if you don't commute in every day, perhaps you could bring in enough clothes at the beginning of the week, for the days that you do cycle in. That's what I've done, when I've commuted into work.

maybe you're just a babe...they are still uncool though (nm)FBM
Jan 3, 2002 3:28 PM
maybe you're just a babe...they are still uncool though (nm)dsc
Jan 3, 2002 3:34 PM
Maybe I am (you'll never know!!). At least I'll never be stranded, due to a mechanical, or die of thirst!

BTW, I'm WAY past the age of caring how others judge me, based upon appearance ;O)
Jan 3, 2002 3:26 PM
Try the Camelbak Trans-Alp. It has a place for your helmet and shoes and an integrated rain cover. The back is also sculpted to help with air flow. I don't commute, but if I did, I would probably use this pack. And don't worry about being cool, for commuting, function is way more important than form.