a Cross Country Rider
from Lisbon, Portugal
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2004
Strengths: SPACE SPACE SAPCE - i can almost pack my bike in the large main pocket!! 2 fluid saks (+ hose and valve) included.
Weaknesses: None so far - nothing leaks, nothing broken, nothing ripped, nothing faded, both nags and valves like new. Rode with it in 108 degree weather (heat wave last summer in Lisbon) no problem.
Bought this in late 1999. Still have it, used 2-3 times a week. I drink ALOT of water/fluids, from short 2-3 hours rides (1.5 - 2 liters), epic rides (4-5 hours, 3+ liters) to all day/night things (200 OZS!!! Thats 6 liters or 1.5 gallons!). Plus i can take a walkman, pretty well-stocked tool kit, extra tube(s), munchies, spliff(s), cameras, extra clothing, rain gear, full fluid load and it all fits!! Granted the thing weighs 25 lbs with everything in it, but i dont even feel it with this bag (well maybe when its really full). With a moderate load it feels heavy in your hand but the weight is very well distributed by the straps. The strap/support system is nice, with a 1/2 gap between your back and the bag - no sweatshop happening due to lack of air circulation. It has room for and comes with 2(!!) 100 ounce (3 liter) fluid bags, tubes and bite thingees, just those cost like $50 by themselves. Never had leakage from either bag. Bags have very large convenient openings, fold over with velco, it actually works. Spring-loaded bite thingee takes 1 ride to get used to, but after that you'll love it - no more drip drip drip on your leg or shirt!!! Mesh outer pockets can be reached without taking off the bag and are wider at bottom so things "settle in" and dont tend to fall out. Good solid construction, have used it as an emergency landing pad and its just gets a bit dirty. The really nice thing is that if you use it for a short ride (say 1 quart of fluid and a small tool kit) its light, and really doesnt flop all over the place just because its empty. So you can use it for every kind of ride (prolly not for racing though).
Similar Products Used: Camelback thing, 1995-99 (also a very large model)
Bike Setup: DBR Axis TT, high level mix
a Weekend Warrior
from Union City, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2002
Strengths: Lots of room and great suspension system that is well ventilated. Also works for great for hiking trips, cross country sking, snow boarding, rock climbing, etc.
Weaknesses: Bite valve, replaced it with a Camel Back. Straps hard to adjust, but are fine once adjusted.
Great all around day pack if you need to carry some water and gear (OK lots of water and gear). A bit much for short rides. Not as large as a back pack for camping, but still a large enough pack for most day trips. Suspension system is great for active sports and it keeps you cool and the load off of your back.
Bike Setup: Guercotti w/Easton Front Fork/ Shimano Dura Ace Specialize M4
a Weekend Warrior
from Roseville, CA
Date Reviewed: June 4, 2001
Strengths: The thing can carry lots of water along with lots of other stuff you need. The suspension system is also pretty good with well padded shoulder straps and a good waist strap.
The pack is made with a pretty heavy material and can stand up to some serious abuse.
Weaknesses: The gulp valve that came with the pack leaked so my local Performance shop replaced them with a Camelbak bite valve. (Really easy to replace)
The shoulder straps are also not as adjustable as a "real" backpack. It would be nice to be able to adjust the vertical position of the straps for different torso lengths.
This is a very nice pack that I would recommend to anyone wishing to go on some long hikes or rides. For your average 2 or 3 hour rides, it may be a bit much. Hauling around 200 oz. of water is a lot of work.
I recently used this pack on a 36 hour adventure race and it was perfect.
Similar Products Used: Various standard hydration packs (Blackburn, Camelbak, Cannondale). This one is really good for the very long rides.
Bike Setup: Cannondale F700
a Weekend Warrior
from Rio Rancho, NM USA
Date Reviewed: November 12, 2000
Strengths: Holds a lot of water, tons of room for all your gear, good suspension system.
Weaknesses: leakproof bladders weren't. No matter how hard I tried to seal them up they allways leaked. Soaked thru the bag onto my back on multiple occasions. Bladders suck.
Pack was comfortable to wear and pack. I liked it, would have been perfect if it had come with Camelbak bladders instead. Returned it after a week and bought a Camelbak Transalp, it cost more but it never leaks!
a Cross Country Rider
from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2000
Strengths: Suspension system to keep it off your back. Holds tonns of Water. Holds another tonn of gear. Comfortable shoulder straps.
Weaknesses: Valve leaks.
Good pack, cheaper then camelback, holds more, suspension system minimizes back sweat ALOT ! Very happy with this pack. I commute 40 miles a day. Haven't had it out in the rain yet, we'll see how water resistant it is.
Strengths: Space, Lots of space. So far I found this to be the most efficient of the combination Hydrasystem/Back Pack. Even with the two bladders filled the main compartment has a lot of room left. A large hidden compartment in the hood. A very convenient pump pocket/holder in the main compartment. A fairly large secondary exterior pocket on the back of the pack and two fairly large side mesh pockets. The shoulder strap and waist belt is comfortable. The best is the the pack sits off your back and is very stable.
Weaknesses: The new Blackburn Bladders take a little getting use to when filling them. Thay actual fold to close, no leaks as of yet.
Very good all around pack. For short or long trips. If your not filling it to the max the suspension straps pull it in to make it a nice small unit
a Weekend Warrior
from Arlington, TX
Date Reviewed: October 18, 1999
Strengths: Designed like a good backpack. Ventilated suspension system. Large size pocket for large items.
Weaknesses: Only 3 pockets. You must get into the main compartment to change out the bladder.
After reviewing this site, an article in Bicycling magazine, and home trials, decided on this pack over the CamelBak TransAlp. One thing I discovered is that none of the bags I looked at where practical for more than an overnighter. Too much weight, will stick with panniers. The main advantage of this pack over the TransAlp is the ventilation system. The pack does not sit directly on your back. Rather two wide mesh panels keep it off your back and a stiff piece of insulating material inside the pack serves as an internal frame. TransAlp has none of that and all the weight rests directly on your back. The Mississippi seems well-constructed and durable. Not sure what I think about the NEW Blackburn bladder. You open it up at the top, fill and then ROLL - FOLD it back shut secured with velvco. I have turned it upside down and been unable to get it to leak. However, I did notice that when I filled it to the brim, and then pack the bag full, it leaked ever so slightly around the folds. Time will tell and I will update this review after some actual road time.
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