Blackburn Mississippi Water Carrier

3.63/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $99.00


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Blackburn Mississippi


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by George Cruz 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.

Bottom Line:   
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).

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Favorite Trail:   any with dirt

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   Dave's Cycle Shop, Fairfield, CT

Similar Products Used:   Camelback thing, 1995-99 (also a very large model)

Bike Setup:   DBR Axis TT, high level mix

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Manny Chen 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Skyline

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Camel back

Bike Setup:   Guercotti w/Easton Front Fork/ Shimano Dura Ace
Specialize M4

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peichen 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.


Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Forest Hill Divide

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $69.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Various standard hydration packs (Blackburn, Camelbak, Cannondale). This one is really good for the very long rides.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F700

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jason Martinez 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.

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $79.00

Purchased At:   Popular Outdoor Outfitters

Similar Products Used:   Camelbak

Bike Setup:   98 s-works etc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Anton Schoenbacher 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Camelback

Bike Setup:   FS

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Kevin Alvesteffer a Cross Country Rider from Green River, Wy

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2000

Strengths:    Leak proof bladders, and lots of storage.

Weaknesses:    One of the gulp valves leaked and the zipper on the small compartment came apart. These problems arose the first time I used the pack.

Bottom Line:   
Their quality control seems to be lacking. Deduct chili's for shoddy workmanship.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Camelback


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ed a Weekend Warrior from Salem, MA

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2000

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.

Bottom Line:   
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

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Favorite Trail:   Lynn Woods, Middlesx Fells

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   You name it


Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Rick Wilson 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.


Bottom Line:   
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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Favorite Trail:   
The road

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Several CamelBak models


Bike Setup:   
Serotta TI

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