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Old 05-01-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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My Dakine Nomad is toast - any other packs I should consider?

After several years of service, my Dakine Nomad pack is basically toast and is held together with zap-ties. I like it a lot and have considered getting it repaired but my better half is saying that it is retaining some odours despite washing...

Does anybody have any recommendations for packs I should be looking at in the same class? Must hold a 3L reservoir, have lots of good little pockets (including at least one that can be reached while on the bike). Good helmet/armour carry is nice as well although I do less and less carting around of my full-face helmet these days...
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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ive always been partial to Hydrapaks..

but they arent easy to find. the dist. network for them basicly suks.

or maybe camelbak has some backdoor policy with LBS' to keep em out of shops.

look online you might like em and find a E-tailer that has the model for you at a good price.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:10 PM   #3
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Check out Deuter packs. I have a couple of them in different sizes and have been happy with them.

Local distributor so getting what you want is easy and if you need any service or small parts also easy to get.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:18 PM   #4
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Evoc Freeride Trail 20L. Absolutely awesome, loads of storage options, and comes with built in spine protection.



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Old 05-01-2012, 06:35 PM   #5
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Check out Deuter packs. I have a couple of them in different sizes and have been happy with them.

Local distributor so getting what you want is easy and if you need any service or small parts also easy to get.
North Shore Bike Shop has a good selection of the Deuter bike packs.

For AM / trail / XC I highly recommend the Compact Air EXP pack. The Aircomfort back panel is amazing for keeping your back from becoming a sweaty mess. Deuter has done testing and the system keeps your core temperature cooler thus you exert less energy, sweat less, and require less water. Not much for the freeride bike park crowd, but will certainly make a difference for the long rides.

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Old 05-01-2012, 06:42 PM   #6
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Last time I bought a pack, it took me ages to find one. Nearly all the packs I looked at had features that I really liked, but all of them had at least one feature I hated. Some were totally uncomfortable too. I really like the Deuter packs, but for myself, I didn't like the lack of a hip strap. The Nomad has been fairly good to me. I used to have an MEC pack that I still think is one of my favourite packs I've owned...
The point I'm meandering towards is, get out there and get some hands on with a bunch, see what works for you.
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I've ordered an Evoc FR Trail limited. They don't visually excite me too much, but the fact that they come in a true XL, have great pocket segmentation, are very well-reviewed, and have the integrated spinal protection sold me.

I also like the look of the new Camelbak Charge LR lumbar pack. Could be a good option for shorter rides.
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I really like the Deuter packs, but for myself, I didn't like the lack of a hip strap.
Weird, I have 2 Deuter packs and Ina has 1 and they all have hip straps.

Edit: Thumbs up for the Aircomfort back panels, when riding in hot places, allowing your back to evaporate sweat is a huge bonus. Not having a sweaty pack is great too.

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Weird, I have 2 Deuter packs and Ina has 1 and they all have hip straps.

Edit: Thumbs up for the Aircomfort back panels, when riding in hot places, allowing your back to evaporate sweat is a huge bonus. Not having a sweaty pack is great too.

On the bigger packs they have them, but on smaller bike packs they don't. I know that a lot of riders probably hate having hip straps, but it's a requirement for me.


Those little hip bits do nothing.
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I know that a lot of riders probably hate having hip straps, but it's a requirement for me.
Why? Hip straps aren't going to bear any weight if the pack is light; in fact, in a proper riding position you're not going to have them sitting properly on your iliac crest anyway. If the sternum strap is good, then it should be more than enough to stabilize a well designed bag.

The only caveat here would be if you're a builder and/or spend a lot of time hiking heavy gear in with the bike.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:28 PM   #11
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Why? Hip straps aren't going to bear any weight if the pack is light; in fact, in a proper riding position you're not going to have them sitting properly on your iliac crest anyway. If the sternum strap is good, then it should be more than enough to stabilize a well designed bag.

The only caveat here would be if you're a builder and/or spend a lot of time hiking heavy gear in with the bike.
I disagree, the hip strap keeps the pack from bouncing up and hitting you in the back of the head on steep sections of rough trail, in my experience
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This.... best pack I have ever owned, bar none.
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Why? Hip straps aren't going to bear any weight if the pack is light; in fact, in a proper riding position you're not going to have them sitting properly on your iliac crest anyway. If the sternum strap is good, then it should be more than enough to stabilize a well designed bag.

The only caveat here would be if you're a builder and/or spend a lot of time hiking heavy gear in with the bike.
I 2nd this.

Many people try to fit a bike pack the same way you would a hiking pack. The body position will be considerably different in the two. The waist strap should just be there to stabilize the pack from any major side to side movement.

edit and up and down movement as flip has pointed out.
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I disagree, the hip strap keeps the pack from bouncing up and hitting you in the back of the head on steep sections of rough trail, in my experience
I can see it on a heavier pack, but it sounds like your pack didn't fit or was poorly designed.

Then again, I ride with a little Charge pack, which has a "waist" strap that's designed to essentially be a second sternum strap (the whole pack sits above the jersey pockets) and it's been decent. It wouldn't suffer if it just had one, better designed sternum strap.
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I can see it on a heavier pack, but it sounds like your pack didn't fit or was poorly designed.

Then again, I ride with a little Charge pack, which has a "waist" strap that's designed to essentially be a second sternum strap (the whole pack sits above the jersey pockets) and it's been decent. It wouldn't suffer if it just had one, better designed sternum strap.
I use a nomad as well, and appreciate the waist strap, and wouldn't get a pack without one, but that's what I need is all I'm saying....I ride with a nearly full water bladder and a canon 7d/battery grip and 24-70 quite frequently...so yeah, it's heavy!
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