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Oakley Tool Box Backpack Bags

4/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $63.99

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by J.L. a Downhiller from Seattle

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2008

Strengths:    Looks Good
Nice thick compression, shoulder straps, waist belt
Fairly light - given its size

Weaknesses:    Only one main cargo space
Doesn't come with a hydration system
No separate bladder compartment
Top pouch is an annoyance
Lack of proper exterior pouches
No clip for hydration hose

Bottom Line:   
Most people will be drawn to the stylized military "turtle shell" look of this pack, and the fact that it is an Oakley.

Unfortunately, while this pack scores huge points in style, it lacks a lot in functionality which is why I have retired it from mountain biking and use it more as a back pack. It's obvious that Oakley designers neither bike much, nor did they consult real cyclists.

First, there's only one main cargo space. Although it is sufficiently sized, it really makes for a big inconvenience stuffing everything in one compartment. If you pack a lot of gear for a ride, you'll be rummaging through your pack for awhile looking for that Power Bar.

Secondly, not only must you buy a hydration system separately but it does not even have a separate hydration compartment. There is only a sleeve, or big pocket, in the main cargo in which to place your hydration bladder. Continuing on, why is there not even a hose clip on the shoulder strap for this pack? Its shoulder strap design is such that you cannot even purchase an aftermarket hose clip from Dakine or Camelbak. That often leaves your hydration hose either unsecured waiting to bat you in the face, or you must sandwich it in your sternum strap.

The lack of exterior pouches and straps is another problem. There are two pouches, or holsters, on either side of the pack with the suggested use for carrying your armour or for water bottles. First of all, who is going to be carrying a water bottle on a hydration pack? Moreover, the holsters are way too small and shallow for many hardshell armour. In addition, there is no secured bottom on these side holsters so you can't really store keys or your wallet as they'll fall out. The only practical exterior pouch is the nifty looking top pouch. This top pouch in itself is a pain and is constantly in the way when you need to access the main cargo space for anything.

This pack will appeal to those - such as students - who want a unique and stylish commuting bike pack. It would also be okay for bike parks where you really don't need to pack a lot since you're never too far from anemities.

Epic mountain bikers should look for more practical hydration packs with function over fashion. The Camelbak Freeride series, like the Chaos and Havoc, or Dakine's newer Nomad and Apex models exemplify the best designs and are at the top of their class and blow the Oakley Tool Box out of the water in terms of functionality. If you want to spend a little less then look for the Fox Racing Portage which has a lot of interior and exterior storage - including cell phone - and comes with a hydration system.

The Oakley Tool Box is a good pack; but it's not a great pack.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $65.00

Similar Products Used:   Camelback Chaos
Dakine Apex

Bike Setup:   N/A

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joseph Sayo a Cross Country Rider from Philippines

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2006

Strengths:    Very durable and holds up to daily abuse. I use this backpack everyday and stuff it with a lot of heavy clothes, tools and other whatnot. I even use it whenever I go out for groceries. Very versatile as well, since the helmet holder can hold not just helmets, but a couple quarts of milk, even a roll of wallpaper. The bag really fits my back well, whether I'm carrying a lot or running the pack nearly empty. This bag is a definite improvement over the Oakley Mtb pack.

Weaknesses:    My only gripe with the product are the zipper pull tabs... Since they're made from cables.. they tend to rust after a year of riding through rain. But it's not a major concern really. Also, I'd love to see the bag with more pockets inside.

Bottom Line:   
The bag costs a lot of dough, but it's an investment worth spending on.

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Favorite Trail:   Mindoro Bulusan trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Oakley Greenbelt outlet

Similar Products Used:   Oakley Mtb pack, Adidas Mtb pack.

Bike Setup:   Da Bomb Grenade chromoly frame, Marzocchi All-mountain 3, Shimano Hone cranks, XT derailleurs, and Saint Shifters. A lovely all-day sucker for a heavy rider.

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