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Recommendations for water pack(5 posts)

Recommendations for water packLone Gunman
Jul 22, 2002 5:29 PM
I am breaking all the rules and looking for a water pack. I have 2 older bikes I have restored to ride condition and both lack braze ons for cages. I have been carrying the bottles in the jersey pocket but the sagging shirt and shifting bottles is getting bothersome. Can anyone suggest a road water pack, something sleek enough to wear under a jersey (I like access to jersey pockets) and a max of 70oz although 50oz may be sleeker and that is 2 big bottles? Gotta have the wide "S" straps, not really interseted in gear carry capacity, just fluids, and hoping to keep price under $30. Also, how do you keep the resvoir clean?
re: CamelBack Rocket.WCC
Jul 22, 2002 5:50 PM
I have one. Rarely use on road, but its nice. Not too big, not too small.
re: Recommendations for water packRoadfrog
Jul 22, 2002 7:34 PM
I use the Camel Back Stealth. It is extremely low profile. The design is to fit under soldiers equipment but provide plenty of water (72oz). I really can't say how available they are out in retail land... but they are easy to find on military bases. If your interested check out the Camelback website and look under the military section. You probably could get some military guy to hook you up. Good luck. HOP
get the Rocketdsc
Jul 22, 2002 8:57 PM
I use it all of the time on the road. It holds 72 oz. (or 3 - 24 oz bottles, although you never get in those last 2 oz.) and the shape of the baffeled reservoir allows the pack to lie flat and aero on your back.

You can buy a plastic hanger thing to hold the reservoir open while it air dries (key to keeping things clean). Every couple of months, you can also add a couple teaspoons of baking powder or white vinegar, add some warm water, swish it around, then rinse.

Unfortunately, you won't find one at the $30 price point. There are a few water packs available in that range, but not as sleek as the Rocket.
Any experience with Hydrapak?Lone Gunman
Jul 23, 2002 5:33 AM
I see Nashbar has one for $28, minimal gear storage space, 50oz, wide shoulder straps. Was at the LBS yesterday and checked out a Camelbak in the same price range, think it was a 50oz as well. I doubt that I will find a 70oz in my budget, the wide strap models are a must, knowledge from my hiking days tells me "wider is better."