Comfortably carry all you need for a day of riding, inThis ultimate freeride pack.The cavernous yet compressible Apex has helmet and armor straps, loads of pockets, and new 3L Hydrapak bladder. Features 100oz / 3L reservoir with Quick Disconnect hose Molded back panel with Air Channel Ventilation Full face or XC helmet carry Armor carry straps Internal organizer pockets Fleece goggle pocketTube/pump sleeves Removable waist belt Volume 1600 cu. in. [ 26L ] Size 19 x 10.5 x 8" [ 48 x 27
Strengths: Plenty of room to carry all of your junk . Well constructed and well thought out from a rider's point of view.
Weaknesses: None so far.
I recently purchased this as an upgrade to a Swiss Gear hydration pack I've been using for the past 4 years. It retails for $125.00 but I found it on Price Point for $49.00 and checked out the reviews here and on Youtube, the vast majority of purchasers really loved this pack. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this pack !
After reading the rave reviews, I searched high and low for one of these things to check out in the flesh but couldn't find one. Then I came across a steal for an unused Apex on eBay and picked it up. Loved it for about 6 months, but now the zippers are starting to "split" or whatever you call it when they don't stay zipped after you pull the zipper closed. So far I'm able to back the zipper up and yank it closed so the zipper stays together, but for this expensive of a pack "making do" is a very begrudging compromise for me. For the most part, I like the bag, but I'm feeling a bit weary about it at the moment... To its credit, I do use the bag everyday since I bike to work, and I often stuff it more full than I should. A typical ride for me is a 1/2 mile street ride to work with lunch and riding clothes in the pack, then a 10 mile trail ride home with my slacks, long leave shirt, and tie stuffed in the backpack, along with about a 1/2 bladder of water and first aid/repair equipment. The design is absolutely perfect and with both the chest and waist straps clipped, it snugs right into the contours of my body and doesn't even feel like it's there. (This is coming from a guy who had back surgery about six months ago, so that's saying something.) So, yeah... recommending it but with reservations: it's a perfect riding pack as long as you're careful not to pack it completely full so the zippers are stressed, as I sometimes do.
a Weekend Warrior
from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Date Reviewed: March 4, 2009
Strengths: Pockets Galore!! Durable like everything DAKINE makes, holds helmets securely, easily keeps things organized, all external straps tuck inside when not in use, waist strap is easily removable and stored in bag without taking up any storage space, Bite valve can be angled to work easily with any helmet.
Weaknesses: I prefer camelback bladders to the nalgene, but they both work I am just used to using a camelback for the past 8 years.
An incredible bag, I Choose this one over the others because I have a DAKINE backpack that has stood up to a large amount of abuse over the last 6 Years and it's still like new, not ever any wear marks! So based on the durability factor and that DAKINE really makes the most out of available space I choose this one. That and the fact that it actually will hold an XC type helmet. It completely Exceeded my expectations. Top notch bag from a top notch company.
Similar Products Used: Camelback(about every size and shape
Bike Setup: Commencal supreme 6.30
a Weekend Warrior
from Zagreb; Croatia
Date Reviewed: December 23, 2008
Strengths: Well, everything, high quality, design, features...
Weaknesses: mayabe a bit too expensive...
This is greatest backpack (hydropack) money can buy!
Before i bought it, i was reading some opinions, and guys were thinking that pack is too big, but that thing is super-compact...! The point is that you can tight straps used for holding shins, and helmet, so rucksack remains little!
It has cool organized pockets, great bladder ( older models had dakine no name bladders, 2008 model has Nalgene pack, which rocks)....buy it!