Zefal Dakar Water Carrier

Zefal Dakar

User Reviews (9)

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Da Chetster   Cross Country Rider [Jun 17, 2010]
Strength:

Capacity, compression straps, fit, Source reservoir - plus the reservoir expands into the pack and doesn't cause the back of the pack to bulge, therefore it fits better than many others.

Weakness:

May be a bit heavy. Zipper pulls on main compartment, tool compartment, and a couple of others could be more robust and tactile.

I am very impressed with the TNF Crank 25 as an all-mountain, all-day epic mountain biking pack. I was a bit apprehensive about buying a TNF mountain biking pack because TNF isn't well-known in the category. After seeing and using some of this season's all-mountain MTB clothing from their "Cryptic" line, I decided it was worth a shot.

The Crank 25 just works. I don't know if the name comes from the compression straps (you can "crank" down on them to make the pack remarkably small and stable when it isn't full), or because it's a mountain biking pack, or a bit of double entendre, but the compression straps are a great feature.

The compression straps and their cinch-down capability make the Crank 25 a great "one pack" arsenal. Short ride with little stuff? Crank it down and it stays stable and close to the back. All-day epic on bomber terrain with iffy weather? Open 'em up and carry what you need.

That said, this pack is built with the all-day, all-mountain epic in mind. The outer pouch will hold a full-face helmet on the outside during transit to the more challenging terrain and your cross-country or mountain helmet inside for your descent or time in the trail center.

The tool compartment holds all your the stuff for trailside repairs very nicely. A Topeak Mountain Morph pump is the longest pump that will fit.

You'll be tempted to carry too much stuff because the main compartment will hold an ample supply of everything else - snacks, lunch, rain jacket, armor. Larger hard armor can be strapped on the outside using the compression straps.

The hydration reservoir is the heart of any hydration pack and the Source Widepac reservoir is very nice. It has a very wide mouth ziplock opening & closure system so you can clean it easily and thoroughly, pop in a few ice cubes, and the hanger engages easily. The material is fairly rigid so the reservoir is the easiest I've seen (with the exception of the new Osprey reservoirs) to install when filled. The magnetic tube clip is convenient - I just drop my bite valve from my mouth and within a couple of seconds the magnet and clip "find each other" and latch up. The bite valve is also made in such a way that even if it is open and you sit the pack on top of it, it probably isn't going to leak.

Bottom line - the North Face Crank 25 is a great mountain biking pack and worth every penny. The North Face may not be a "bro" brand, but if you want something that works so you can keep your mind on the ride, this is it.

Similar Products Used: CamelBak MULE, HAWG, place a North Face Angstrom 25 technical daypack into service a couple of times in a pinch.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Glen   Cross Country Rider [Dec 02, 2001]
Strength:

Lots of space to carry your stuff

Weakness:

It leaks like hell, and the bladder sucks.
Mine died on me yesterday.

Don't buy this thing. Give a bit more for the real thing.
I'm going to buy myself a camelbak tomorrow.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Carlo   Cross Country Rider [Nov 05, 2002]
Strength:

Lots of pockets to organize your tools
Has a rain cover to keep mud off the pack

Weakness:

The mouthpiece leaks and bladder compartment can only hold less than two liters.

What do you expect from a US$23 hydration system? Overall, the pack isn't bad at all. Its just the mouthpiece that really bugs. You have to hold it to be able to drink (no hands-free). It also leaks like a free-running fountain. Best thing to do is replace the mouthpiece with that of a Camelbak's.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Desmond   Weekend Warrior [Jan 01, 2000]
Strength:

Water does not taste bad
No leakage
Maintains looks after many washes in the machine.
Comfortable
French quality
Hardy

Weakness:

Not for long distances.

Good value for money. A great alternative for the non conformist who detests Camelbak. WILL NOT FAIL TO FULFIL YOUR AIMS.

Similar Products Used: Nil
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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Shawn XC country   Cross Country Rider [Aug 18, 2000]
Strength:

makes a godo napsack when you remove the leaking bladder

Weakness:

The Bladder fill port will tear after abotu 10 uses. A tube of Goop works well to fix this. Ideally do this when you first get it and before the plastic tears from the red fill spot.

Also expect the shoulder sraps to tear away from the sack an d need to the resew.

This product should be discontinued or not used outside the living room.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Bill Kay   Weekend Warrior [Apr 30, 2000]
Strength:

Small,comfy good for short to moderate rides

Weakness:

Leaks like ten

Its not bad but the things leaks so much my arm has gotten a better drink then I got. Dont buy it if you ride realy far but its ok for 1-5 hours rides.

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Dixon   Cross Country Rider [Apr 01, 2000]
Strength:

Product WHAT?!?

Weakness:

The valve is of such poor design that you have to REALLY concentrate on what you're doing just to get a sip (this cannot be done hands- free, by the way...) For a couple of months I was bringing it along on rides just to use to refill my water bottle(which, ofcourse required me to stop) The system's most annoying trait? THE VALVE LEAKS-which was no fun in January- By the time I got home the whole right side of my body was covered in a sheet of ice. The elastic tire pump strap ripped off after three rides.

WHATEVER YOU DO- DON'T BUY THIS STUPID @$%^&*! BAG!

If you are unlucky enough to already own this piece of junk, here's what you can do to help yourself out:

Get a camelback replacement mouthpiece. Remove old mouthpiece and cut the ribbed part off the end of the drinking tube. The new mouthpiece will fit right on there, and presto! It functions! (The bag itself still stinks, though.)

I can't go lower than one otherwise I would.

P.S. Those aren't chilis- They're Zefal water carriers which I've set ablaze.

Similar Products Used: Regular water bottles (at least you know they'll actually work).
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Hal Burns   Weekend Warrior [Oct 25, 1999]
Strength:

Good pack, stores enough for day long trail rides, comfy back pad

Weakness:

Straps too short (I'm 6'), bladder design sucks

Good bag, if you're under 6' tall and not burly, bladder design causes pinching of water flow when it's half full, tube and valve seem good.I am buying replacement bladder. Fill cap has sepaarated and leaks like a sieve. Only about 12 mellow rides on this baby, so bladder bites!

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
Toomy Boy   Weekend Warrior [Apr 28, 2005]
Strength:

Lots of room to carry stuff

Weakness:

Leaks like hell, red cap for refill breaks after 3 or 4 refills.

French brand with good looks but the water container sucks, you can not drink without stopping or checking if it leaks. After several refills you have to repair the red cap or you will have you back real wet.
Try buying a Camlback instead.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
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