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I have a relatively newer model MULE the is just too small to wear. I tried to wear it for a few rides and went back to my older pack that has a more roomy fit.

Do any of you all know of packs that are not built for just the average 160 pound riders?
 

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I have an inexpensive Coleman brand hydration pack from WalMart that fits me well, even around the waist and I am a 300 pound lightweight.
 

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I have a Camelbak HAWG.

The pack itself is big enough, but the straps weren't long enough.

It rode way too high and made my back hurt after minutes of riding.

I brought it to Naraayaen's and had them sew on longer shoulder straps and a comfy padded waist belt.

Now my HAWG rides low, and the waist belt takes even more weight off my spine.

I don't brush low-hanging branches with my pack anymore, either.

Another alternative is a Wingnut pack. I've never used one, but their people assure me that all of their packs will fit me.
 

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I recently purchased a Osprey Talon 22 and love it. https://www.ospreypacks.com/Packs/TalonSeriesMultiUse/Talon22/
This is the most comfortable pack I have had yet. It holds tons of stuff and has multiple points of adjustment. My only problem with it is the waist strap is a little small for me but I never used it on any of my other packs before either. I really like the cell phone size pockets on each strap and the super breathable back liner. I was having a few back issues with my MULE just because I could never seem to get it to rest right but with the adjustability of the Talon that problem has went away.

Heres a pic of me modleing mine over the weekend.
 

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Thanks for all the responses.

Do the packs you guys mention have an insulated area for the resevoir?

BEANFINK: Did Naraayaen's lengthen the padded shoulder strap itself or just add length to the 1" webbing at the end of the padded strap?


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What's up Steve. I haven't been active on Kymba for a while but I still check in from time to time.
 

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I have a DakineApex that fits great and I am 280, and what I would refer to as 'not-skinny'. It has great padding and straps, very comfy, and the waist straps you can hide or remove b/c they are velcroed on, so I just tossed those in a drawer. It's my favorite pack of all time so far, it has all the pockets and features I could ask for.
 

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I picked up a Camelbak Mayhem over the MULE just because it was a little taller and thus more comfortable on my back. It doesnt have as many smaller compartments but has more overall storage capacity than the Mule. I can fit all of my bike repair tools in the outer pocket and the inner pocket is for whatever I'll need for wherever I'm going, food, spare clothes, etc.
 

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I like my HAWG. You guys are some big boys if you are running out of strap room :)

I rode with a mule for a couple of years. Then I bought a hawg for longer rides. It fit my torso so much better that I just started using it as an everyday pack. Here it is about 4-5 years later and I still am stoked on the pack. I might start looking for a backup though as I am noticing a few tears and stuff starting to get a bit ragged.
 

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Just got an ergon BD 1 and am very happy with it.

After back surgery (lathroscopic discechtemy of L4/5 85% of the disc mass removed) I had to ditch my camelback and get the weight on my hips.
 

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MOLLE (pronounced MOLLY as in the female name) is an acronym for MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. It is used to define the current generation of load-bearing equipment and rucksacks utilized by the United States Army. The system's modularity is derived from the use of PALS webbing, rows of heavy-duty nylon stitched onto the vest as to allow for attachment of various MOLLE-compatible pouches and accessories. This method of attachment has become a de facto standard for modular tactical gear, replacing the click and stick system used in the earliest modular vest systems (which is still in use with most Western police departments). It is produced for the United States Government under contract by several contractors, such as Specialty Defense, Armor Holdings as well as Eagle Industries.[1][2][3] (Michael Bianco Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eagle Industries)[4]
Here is a large MOLLE back pack....

 
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