Blackburn Amazon Water Carrier

3.81/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $84.99


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Blackburn Amazon


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cahlheim a Weekend Warrior from St.Charles, MO.

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2002

Strengths:    Price
Storage capacity
Easy to fill and clean


Weaknesses:    Nothing I can think of....

Bottom Line:   
The fill system is simple and effective! Water stays cold all day! Lots of room for crap. I like Camelbak's bite valve better but this one work well enough for me.

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Favorite Trail:   Castlewood State Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   PricePoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Canondale hydration system
Camelbak MULE


Bike Setup:   Giant XTC NRS-2 mostly stock, upgraded to XT front and rear derailleures, XT shifters, stubby bar ends, & Bontrager saddle.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jay from PA

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2001

Strengths:    price, lots of room, nice fit, 100 oz bladder, easy clean bladders, nice look, sternum strap plus gut strap, lots of room, many pockets, lots of room (did I mention that)

Weaknesses:    bite valve sucks get a camelbak big bite and angle valve to replace it its better

Bottom Line:   
if you want a good hydrapak for a great price check into this one its a great buy!

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Favorite Trail:   a lot

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   camelbak mule??


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joey a Weekend Warrior from Balto,MD

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2001

Strengths:    Big pack for the money.Lots of pockets for your gear and can be adjusted snug to your body. I could use this pack for dirtbike riding too.

Weaknesses:    Bite valve sucked period. Used it one time and replaced it with a Camelbak valve. The bladders cap sometimes wanted to crossthread.. After cutting off the Gulp valve and installing the Camelbak valve I found that the hose was a little short for my taste. I eventually put in a 70oz. Camel bladder with a longer hose. After 6 months of use one of the shoulder straps ripped from the pack, I used some small rope to "rig" it so I can use it till I get a new pack.

Bottom Line:   
Would not buy this pack again at half the cost. Going with a smaller pack. For the 3 hour rides I do I don't need all that space or gear storage. To be fair, I used this pack for Enduro motorcycle racing too, 100 mile races on a dirtbike is not what this pack was made for.......I'm thinking this could have helped the shoulder strap rip..

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Favorite Trail:   Avalon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   An old Camelbak with no storage.

Bike Setup:   Jekyll 3000

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don a Weekend Warrior from San Diego

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2000

Strengths:    Durable construction, easily cleaned bladder, well insulated bladder compartment, ventillated back cushion keeps you cool, enough storage for medium rides, 100 oz water capacity

Weaknesses:    Valve design is inconvenient to use and has a hard plastic piece that hits your teeth. Slight plastic taste that went away after being rinsed and used a few times.

Bottom Line:   
Good value, especially on sale from Supergo. I threw away the valve and bought a Camelback bite valve, which works great. Overall, I thought it was better designed, and had better materials than similar Camelback products, for a lot less money. I am especially glad that I got it when I look at my roommate's Camelback bladder, which is green-because it is such a pain in the ass to clean out.

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Favorite Trail:   Anderson Truck Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $49.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Water bottles

Bike Setup:   Raleigh M600

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by CP 1 a Racer from South Central, US

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2000

Strengths:    Holds lots of stuff, many pockets, tube guide on shoulder strap, got 1/2 off retail price.

Weaknesses:    Screw cap on bladder is kinda shady, but that's about it.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great pack, I often set out for all days rides and this thing holds a lot of water, food, tubes, tools, and even a porno mag. It's a great pack and has visited numerous states and trails. If you missed the Supergo super sale on this item, tuff titty.

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Favorite Trail:   Old Draper

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Water bottle.

Bike Setup:   Cdale F500.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Casey a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2000

Strengths:    Tons of storage. Nice shoulder straps.

Weaknesses:    Hard plastic gulp valve, Small opening for bladder removal and installation, bladder gives water a bad taste.

Bottom Line:   
Upgraded from the old camelback for increased storage and water capacity. I don't particularly care for the hard plastic gulp valve, i may try to retrofit the valve from the old camelback to the new amazon. I hope the bad water taste goes away after a few more rides. Buy the amazom from Supergo, they are selling them for about half of MSRP.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   bottles, first generation camelback with pakster accessory.

Bike Setup:   K2 1000 mostly stock

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Joe Ryan a Weekend Warrior from Vienna, VA

Date Reviewed: November 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Pleanty of Room for a ;ot of bike crap.


Weaknesses:    
After several cleanings with clorex, baking soad, and mild soap and tons of hot H2O, can't get rid of the VINYL taste the water has. Sports drinks mixed hide the bad taste.


Bottom Line:   
Good product, great H2O flow from GULP valve. good sholder straps, pleanty of storage space

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Favorite Trail:   
Wakefield Park

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
None


Bike Setup:   
Unicycle

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Rogue Rider a Cross-Country Rider from Medford Or.

Date Reviewed: October 4, 1999

Strengths:    
Good pack with useful
storage good strap system. Gulp valve


Weaknesses:    
STRONG vinyl taste that
will not go away, and
poorly molded threads on
bladder that cross thread easily and leak.


Bottom Line:   
The pack part is great, but the bladder is awful.
The first time I used it I was on an 19mi. ride
with lots of uphills I just about de-hydrated
because I could'nt drink the water. All I could do was wet my mouth and spit because it tasted so bad! I rinsed it daily for 3 weeks trying different things like baking soda, salt and lemon juice, but it still tastes like VINYL!!! The cap
cross threaded the second time putting it on and
now leaks. Gave up and got a Platypus big zip 2 bladder from REI that fits in the Amazon and has
no taste at all, plus the zip lock top let's you
get ice in and clean it out easily. For the retail price of Amazon, they need to get the bladder right. It has no warranty and their website has no place on it to contact them with feedback. With a decent bladder, I'd give it 5 hot ones, but awful tasting WATER brings it down to a one. (WATER is what you buy this thing for, is it not??!!)

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Platypus


Bike Setup:   
K2 5000

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Dogman a Racer from NY,NY

Date Reviewed: September 9, 1999

Strengths:    
Works as advertised. Doesn't leak! Due to smart design, it keeps my back a lot cooler than the backpack I used to wear.


Weaknesses:    
Doesn't pedal uphill for me.


Bottom Line:   
It was with some trepidation that I bought this super cheap from Supergo since there were reports of the thing falling apart. I always stuff the thing and it shows no signs of wear. I never come close to using all the water, but now instead of coming home near death from dehydration, I always have to pee.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Just waterbottles


Bike Setup:   
Klein Rascal
Tioga Shocks, blah, blah

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by TK a Weekend Warrior from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Date Reviewed: September 8, 1999

Bottom Line:   
The Amazon is a great peice of equipment, I don't know what I ever did before getting this pack. Its very well made (straps breaking??), have had zero probs with it, carries lots o agua, plus all my tools, tubes n other crap, plus the valve works great! The only problem is that the seal on the filler cap is not very good, so if you fill the pack all the way up you may get some leakage, other than that its 5 stars.....

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months


Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Reed a Weekend Warrior from Washington,D.C.

Date Reviewed: August 5, 1999

Strengths:    
Lots of Storage, Gulp Valve, Pump holder


Weaknesses:    
Straps broke


Bottom Line:   
Like everything but the straps braking after only a couple of uses. Returned it to the store and exchanged it for a HAWG. Holds a little more and like strap design better. Also noticed that the screw on cap on the Blackburn water bladder doesn't is not as good as Camelbak's '99 screw on bladder. Gave it a two for its compartments but didn't last long enough for any more.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Camelbak HAWG



Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Chee Kwang a Weekend Warrior from SINGAPORE

Date Reviewed: July 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Very good design. Those retainers are very well thought of.


Weaknesses:    
The outside pouch looks like it might tear easily.


Bottom Line:   
IMHO, the gulp valve is not superior to the bite valve. You still have to suck the liquid. I would say that both systems perform equally well. I mail ordered mine from the USA.

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Favorite Trail:   
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Camelbak MULE.


Bike Setup:   
Gary Fisher Big Sur and RockShox Indy XC.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Kyotea a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC

Date Reviewed: July 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Gulp Valve
Lots of pockets
Bike Pump loop


Weaknesses:    
Strap broke after only using it 5 times! I had a full water bladder, some snacks, pocket camera and wallet! Had to use a safety pin to reattach strap.


Bottom Line:   
Thought it was a great buy but really surprised that the strap broke after such a short time. I emailed Blackburn for a replacement so I'm sending mine back to get a new one. Hopefully, I'll get my replacement pack as soon as possible and this one will last longer. Not too happy with the strap tearing off but quite satisfied with Blackburn's customer service and the fact they're replacing my defective pack. Then again, you should expect the pack to be durable considering it is a bike pack!

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by wes a Cross-Country Rider from minnesota

Date Reviewed: July 10, 1999

Strengths:    
i like the gulpvalve
plenty of pockets to store tools and it even has a pump pocket.
very comfortable to wear


Weaknesses:    
the tube is too short, if it was a couple inches longer it would be easier to drink, but this was true of the camelbak i tried


Bottom Line:   
this thing is great. i'm looking forward to using it skiing and on my three wheeler as well as biking. it is really nice to not have a water bottle on your bike and the water stays cold and you don't have to drink from something that is full of mud. defenitely a great idea. plus you can carry a lot of water for longer rides. i like the mouth piece better than camelbak's. it's easier to drink because you don't have to bite down on it, you just push in the center of the mouth piece which is spring loaded and suck. it doesn't leak either. very nice, I highly recommend it!

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
camelbak rogue



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Joe a Weekend Warrior from York

Date Reviewed: July 1, 1999

Strengths:    
Holds lots of H20 and has lots of room for gear. Comes in handy to help break the inevitable falls.


Weaknesses:    
The plastic piece to help adjust the tubes direction keeps falling off.


Bottom Line:   
Buy it through Supergo - it's about half the manufacturer's suggested retail price.

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Favorite Trail:   
Lock Raven

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
none - always used water bottles


Bike Setup:   
Mongoose Amplifier - soon to be FSR XC Pro

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