Blackburn PIPELINE Water Carrier

3.67/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $54.99


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BLACKBURN PIPELINE


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jose Israel valdés García a Cross Country Rider from Toluca, Estado de México, México

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2002

Strengths:    Comfortable, enough place to store a tube, power bars, a multitool, a windproof jacket, patches, a knife and your keys.

Weaknesses:    not yet

Bottom Line:   
It's the better water reservoir I've had ever, the bite valve is really cool, and I have not had any problem with it (Before I worn a cammelbak bite valve and it disapointed me because of the leakage), When you wear it it feels like if you don´t. It doesn´t move in technical trails.

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Favorite Trail:   La Placa, Zacango

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Bike Friends Shop

Similar Products Used:   Camelbak lobo

Bike Setup:   Cannondale f 200 caad 2

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Nor. Cal.

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2001

Strengths:    Fit: nice alignment with back. Chest and waist belts make for a snug fit. Compact: low profile, no loose edges or material to snag. Ability toi add ice cubes to bladder with ease and without a special ice cube tray. Asthetics: good looking pack.

Weaknesses:    Tis is my second pack in 3 months. One the first pack, the zippers on two of the pockets completely pulled off due to excessive webbing fabric getting caught in the zipper track. So the two pockets were'nt secure. Thus i lost a allen wrench and chain tool. On this pack, from day one the POS bite valve leaked thus draining the bladder of half its contents and depensing it on my shorts, legs and bike. In addition to the packs price i fond myself a week later apying another $20 to retrofit a CAMELBAK bite valve and No Leak valve on to the tube of the blackburn. With this, the blackburn pack now ='d the cost of the 100oz Camelbak pack i should have gotten in the first damn place.

The pockets are few and cut with narrow opeenings and are deep. This limits the pockets ability to carry anything that doesnt fit the profile of the pocket like a 6" pump or two tubes. Also and most annoying is that this strange pocket size makes the retreiving of small items like tire irons, chain tools and patch kits almost impossible without turning the POS pack upsidedown and shaking it . The triangular netting on the pack is worthless for anything other than a tube. It has no elasticity built into the sides of the netting. So the size of the item being placed into the netting determines how snug the item is held in the netting. The only securing device on the netting is a single adjustable strap at the top of the netting... worthless.


Bottom Line:   

The pricing value of the pack makes it a alternative to the more expensive Camelbak. Beyond the pricing value the pack has good astecthics and the bladders great. But the value of the pricing, astecthics and bladder end there. The packs structural design, delivery system,and QUALITY is substandard to say the least. For me the blackburn hydrapac has been a $65 failure.

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Favorite Trail:   To many to list

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $49.00

Similar Products Used:   Camelbak Mule.

Bike Setup:   When i ride i need a pack that allows me to carry things so im prepared for mechanicals, weather, injury, nutrition and extensive hydration.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by TJ Logan Jr a Cross Country Rider from Marietta, Ga USA

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2001

Strengths:    Pack is well designed, lots of good stash spots, very comfortable (like it's not even there), lots of hose routing options as well

Weaknesses:    bladder will leak if not vertical for a period of time (such as laid down in the fridge)-----the worst thing about this system is that horrible, stupid, piece of crap bite valve-there is absolutely no way to get good water flow out of it without having a hand on it (isn't that why we got rid of our water bottles?) make a bite valve that works

Bottom Line:   
I won't recommend this pack only because after shelling out fifty + dollars on a hydration system, you shouldn't have to shell out more money for a bite valve or bladder (I haven't researched possible bite valve change ups yet, I'll probably have to buy a whole damn bladder) that actually works. The product doesn't work off the shelf than find one that does, there's plenty out there. I hate this bite valve so much that it has almost completely ruined my opinion of what is generally a great product and for that I spit on you Blackburn (if I can get any liquid in my mouth to do so)

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Favorite Trail:   Bear Creek & Hickory Nut

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Happy Trails, Woodstock Ga.

Similar Products Used:   camelback sytems

Bike Setup:   I don't know what it has to do with hydration systems, but I ride a Specialized Stumpjumper M2 pro stiff as hell, kick you ass up the mountain baby,,,back down may be a diff. story

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris from Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2001

Strengths:    Holds plenty of water, 70oz. Lots of space for my tools, spare tube, keys etc. The waist and chest straps mold it to your body, does not flap around when riding.


Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
For the price that it goes for, buy it!!! I'v had no problems with it and it measures up to the compititon for the fraction of the cost. Excellent product.

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Favorite Trail:   Hilton Falls

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   From a friend

Similar Products Used:   Camleback Mule

Bike Setup:   1997 Trek 7000 XTR/XT and RaceFace, all the goodies.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fruitysnacks a Weekend Warrior from Atlanta

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2001

Strengths:    Compact, excellent fitting, tons of pockets for your stuff.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I can carry my mini pump, keys, wallet, cell phone, and tire levers along with 70oz of water with this. The mouth of the bag is big enough to put 3-4 ice cubes in at the same time. It is very comfortable and allows you to customize the direction of the mouth tube any way you want. Great price on a very functional bag.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar LE w/ goodies.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Sonora, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2000

Strengths:    Well designed and made

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
The new model (apparently) doesn't have the screwcap other reviewers wrote about and I think the velcro-fold-over thing works fine. The pack is big enough to carry a tube, tools, etc., but doesn't feel like you're lugging around a daypack.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Camelback


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Justin Chambers a Cross Country Rider from Gorham, Maine USA

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2000

Strengths:    Cargo Space, Pump holder, fill location and ease of fill. Price is fair

Weaknesses:    BITE VALVE SUCKS! I used the pack for 1 hour and the valve broke. I immdiatly bought a Camelbak valve for it and made that work

Bottom Line:   
Okay pack if you replace either the bite valve with a real one or the entire bladder. I love how it fills, with the velcro folds, even though some critisize that. I also like the storage. It isn't a ton, but i can fit a tube, wallet, hex tool, socket tool, patch kit, 3 tire levers, keys, and 2 stubby screw drivers.

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Favorite Trail:   USM Loop, Prides Corner Trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn Hydropack, Ton of waterbottles and cages

Bike Setup:   1999 KHS Crest

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carl Smith a Weekend Warrior from Council Bluffs, Iowa USA

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2000

Strengths:    Price, size, and quality of assembly

Weaknesses:    Hard to fully dry out (worried about bacteria growth, but you can buy hangers, solution, and brushes), and cap is positioned just low enough not to get full 70 oz. space

Bottom Line:   
First of all, at www.supergo.com (a bang-up web site!) you can get this for $29, or for $10 you can get the Amazon. Both are 1998.

I have had none of the leaking or breakage problems acredited to this product. Actually, I think it was a great , tough unit for the bargain price, and I have even rolled over on it once.

It does however, take patience to clean (but I'll take the small threaded screw cap over Blackburn's new folding velcro style of sack anyday). And if you want all 70 oz. that it claims, you may want to get a new bladder or go a step up to the Amazon, as it is hard to fill to capacity.

As for space for gear, the elastic on my mesh bag is fine. I was able to carry 3 tools, and collapsed Anorak, my keys and wallet, and a full bladder with no problem. It has a long zippered pouch (which is space restricted to how full the bladder is), a smaller, outer mesh bag, and a clip for a reflector and bungie cord for straping on a poncho or Anorak.

The hose and valve are great, and there was no plactic taste from the bladder. The color is tolerable, the pockets expand, and even without a chest or waist belt it stays centered and you hardly notice it, even on big hops.

Overall, if you are a big drinker and bottle aren't cutting it, or if you'd just liek to have water and gear all on your back, then go spend teh $29 and get this before they are out. All gear eventually breaks and falters if you are hard enough on it, but for those of us without DH tendancies or Rocky Mountain trails to hit, this pack will work great.

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Favorite Trail:   Swanson Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   just water bottles


Overall Rating:2
Submitted by SK a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: September 7, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap, cheap, cheap


Weaknesses:    
A lot, A lot, A lot


Bottom Line:   
I bought this from Supergo for $29. The only thing I like about it: its price! It is the worst Blackburn product I have used (I used to think Blackburn products were good quality and were reasonably priced but the Pipeline has changed my opinion about their products) Problem 1: the water bladder leaks at the connection with the hose (which I fixed with a nelon tightener). Problem 2: it is diffcult to fill water into the bladder because the opening is on the side and not on the top. Problem 3: the top of the outside mesh packet is way too tight, which makes it diffcult to stuff things into the main compartment. Problem 4: once the main compartment is full, due to the external pocket, the entire pack deforms badly. Problem 5: the external packet is useless because once the main compartment is full, there is no more size to fill in the external pocket......If you don't need the storage space, for $29, the Pipeline might worth considering. However, stay away from this pack if you need the storage.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month


Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Glen a Weekend Warrior from Gardena, CA

Date Reviewed: August 11, 1999

Strengths:    
light weight
cheaper than the equivalent camelback model


Weaknesses:    
elastic strap hook detached
leaky bladder
bad bite valve design
bladder size is small for it's claimed size


Bottom Line:   
Although I got this pack on sale at Supergo, it is definitely not worth even the $30 I paid. I've used a Camelback Mule for over 3 years with absolutely no problems. It has never leaked despite repeated hard falls landing on the pack, etc. The Blackburn OTOH started to leak the 2nd time I used it. It has a screw on bladder cap that is finely threaded and leaks. Another problem with blackburn's 70 oz bladder is, it does not hold nearly as much water as Camelback's 70 oz bladder. One reason for this is the fact that the cap is a good inch or 2 lower on the blackburn so you cannot fill water up to as high a point before it starts spilling out. the bladder material is also very thin compared to camelback's.The construction of the pipeline is also poor. I've never used the cinch strap to hold anything, yet, after less than a month, one of the hooks holding a strap has detached. The materials used for the pack, while light, clearly feels less durable than the stuff camelback uses.The storage compartments are unintuitively designed. They put a mesh compartment with a tight elastic over the expandable compartment. This makes no sense. When you try to put stuff in the expandable compartment, the tight elastic mesh prevents you from easily expanding the compartment to fill it. Furthermore, as you put stuff in, the tight elastic pulls the side of the hydration pack deforming it. Finally, the expandable compartment cannot be completely zipped shut.I used to think all hydration packs were the same and camelbacks were overpriced. Now, after using the lame blackburn model and inspecting the other ones such as Performance's hydration packs, it is easy to see why camelbacks are more expensive - they have better materials, do not leak, and are much more intuitively designed.After using the blackburn pipeline for about a month, I replaced it with a Camelback Lobo. It cost $20 more than the Blackburn Pipeline, but is well worth the extra price.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Camelback Mule
Camelback Lobo



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Nico a Cross-Country Rider from Lethbridge, Alberta

Date Reviewed: July 5, 1999

Strengths:    
Good flow from valve


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
Lots of water and storage space.

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Favorite Trail:   
the Muff

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
bell


Bike Setup:   
Trek 7000, Rock Shox Quadra

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by David Easteood a Weekend Warrior from Prince Rupert

Date Reviewed: July 1, 1999

Strengths:    
Gulp valve gives good amount of fluide when you need. light weight good back panel.


Weaknesses:    
The screw cap is almost at the top but not quite so when you fill it you cant go right up . So it holds about 62 oz instead of the 70 oz that they claim.


Bottom Line:   
This pack is the first one i got and i like it a lot. The pak has enough space to hold a small windbreaker a pump multie tool and some fod bars.I got it at supergo tyey bought are the 98 stock and the cost is below whole sale cost only 29.00 dollars.I am going to get the camelbak bloefish which holds enough gear 520 cubic inches and 100oz of water.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Bike Setup:   
Norco indy c stx

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