Features a 3L Big Zip water reservoir with a secure wide-opening zip closure for quick, easy filling, cleaning, and adding ice-cubes. The water reservoir bag is made of durable 3-layer RF-welded food grade plastic laminate, and comes with a 105 cm high-flow drinking tube and bite valve.
a Weekend Warrior
from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2007
Weaknesses: Main compartment dones open enough making installing the water reservoir a bit harder than it should be.
The Camelback laster me around 10 years and it was tough. But the mouthpiece dripped, and the pack wsa too small so I bought a new one form MEC since Camelbacks are overpriced.
Well I don't have this exact model. Mine was available 2 years ago, it had a large capacity, and included a 3L platipus reservoir. I lvoe the reservoir...the ziplock enclosure works great. The mouthpiece never drips. I can be sucking let go and it seal shut no dripping.
The pack itself is well designed and very solid built. It has 3M reflective material on it to be seen by cars. There is a spot to clip my LED rear light. It has a large waiste belt and a smaller upper chest belt. The belts and straps have built in clips to hold the loose ends neatly. The belts can be adjsuted very easily while wearing the pack. The shoulder straps have a hollow tunnel to fish the reservoir tube through and they open up with velcro to make fishing it easy. There is also a hook on the front of the stap to hook the tube too, and a little bag to tuck the end of tube into to keep it out of the way and clean if you choose to. All these features are on both straps so you can direct the tube to either side.
Overall I love all the thought that went into the design of this pack. It has many features that pissed me off about my older Camelbak. Leave it to MEC to make a better product at half the price.
The only downside is that the main compartment doesn't open wide enough making it more difficult to insert the reservoir. Still very easy, it's not that bad, but i would rather see the opening a tad larger.
Highly recommended to anyone. DOn't be scared to purchase an MEC. They are better than Camelbak. I also got a Platipus reservoir which is highly regarded as one of the best...not sure what MEC is using now for reservoirs.
a Cross Country Rider
from Vancouver BC Canada
Date Reviewed: August 19, 2004
Strengths: Price, Comfortable, Large Water Capacity, Platypus reservoir and bite valve, Lots of room for tools and spare parts.
Excellent pack for epic rides. Fill it up and it has enough water for a 5+ hour ride, or don't fill it up completely so it is not too heavy for shorter rides.
It cost half as much as the name brand hydration packs of similar size, and is just as comfortable IMO.
Has a large pouch on the front big enough for tools, a pump, a spare tube and a bunch of energy bars and gels. Also has a small pouch on the inside near the top, perfect size for keys and cell phone. The small inside pouch is nice because it stops your keys and phone from falling to the bottom of the big pouches, where they are hard to get at, and it keeps your keys away from the reservoir.
The Platypus reservoir is of high quality, the zip-lock top makes it easy to fill and clean. The bite valve is nice and soft, and does not drip.
This is my second MEC Hydration Pack. Had their old style 1.5L pack. It lasted me several years, but it was very basic, thin straps, no padding, no extra pouches. Keys and tools in with the reservoir caused wear, and eventually it started leaking (after 3 years of regular usage). The pack itself was still as good as new, so I went to buy a new reservoir, but found the new model packs (with reservoir) where just a couple dollars more than the replacement reservoir, so I picked up the "Big RT". The new "RT" line is much more comfortable thanks wider straps and vented padding.
If you have a local MEC, I highly recommend checking out their line of Hydration Packs if you are in the market for one.
a Cross Country Rider
from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 7, 2003
Strengths: Big resevoir (3L), MEC packs are top quality for good $, plenty of room for tools, food etc. Platypus resevoir system works excellent and is very easy to clean and fill. Pack itself is very comfortable
Bottome line...this pack is excellent value for the money and performs very well. I would definately recommend this pack to anyone who is looking for a high quality pack but doesn't want to spend tonnes of money. If 75 cdn is too much for you, then MEC also offers smaller packs for cheaper
a Cross Country Rider
from N. Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: June 10, 2002
Strengths: Comfortable. 3l water bag easy to fill and clean. Room for tools, food and extra clothes. You get a lot for the money. Stays put.
Weaknesses: Mouth piece drips.
This is a great pack. Being a Clydesdale I need to carry a lot of water. 3l is good for 3-4 hours on the trail. The zip lock opening makes the bag very easy to fill and keep clean. Plus there's more than enough room for my tools, pump, tubes, food and almost anything else I need to take. Once you adjust the straps it never moves around making it very comfortable to wear for extended periods. The best part is the price. It's about $30CDN cheaper than similar products from other manufacturers. And you can' go wrong with MEC quality. The only peeve is the leaky mouthpiece. If your looking for a hydration pack for that epic ride, or you need to drink a lot of water, this pack is for you.
Bike Setup: Norco Rampage (steel, the best), Z2 Race, Rhyno Lite, XT, Gripshift, Mythos XC.
a Weekend Warrior
from Mt. Seymour
Date Reviewed: May 17, 2002
Strengths: Resevoir plastic has no effect on taste. Doesn't get moldy, always is clean and fresh with just a rinsing. Huge resevoir (3L). Very strong resevoir plastic with excellent, large opening, zip seal. Plenty of compartment room Extra straps for hanging helmets and gear during climb. Webbing easily holds arm and leg armor. Pump strap. Very comfortable, even when fully loaded.
Weaknesses: Doesn't come with an oxygen mask.
For $69CDN, this is an awesome deal. I ride everywhere with it, and can carry plenty of water, tools, supplies, etc. The chest and waste straps help keep it snug and secure in any type of riding condition. I've landed on this thing plenty of times with zero problems.
This is one product I'd give 6 chilis. And if it's too big for you, the Tour R/T is $10 less and still plenty of value.