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how to carry tools
« on: May 09, 2014, 08:50:16 AM »
I had initially asked about this in another thread, but most people focused on what tools to carry, so it seemed better to start a new topic. 
 
What do people use to carry and organize their tools?  Fanny pack, saddle bag, hydration/gear pack, Sticky Pod ?  Up until now I have used a saddle bag, but that is going to be too small for all the gear that was suggested.  I like a water bottle for hydration, but it seems that a hydration / gear pack would be the best for general all around use. Any suggestions for what to look for in hydration packs?  I can interpret water capacity (70 oz. 100 oz. etc), but I'm a little uncertain about storage capacity.  Right now I am looking at ones with either a 350 cubic inch or 500cu. in. capacity.  Any thoughts?  Buckles, padding, fitting and styles?
 
Also, camelbak seems to be the big name brand, but are there any others that are worth looking at? 
 
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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2014, 09:06:15 AM »
Ossprey is what I use and they are awesome!  And most importantly they have a lifetime warranty on the pack itself. Rei and performance and grey goat carry them. Not sure if any other shops do. I've had mine for 2 seasons now and love. Mine
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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2014, 10:12:13 AM »
Same here, Osprey makes great packs. I believe mine is a raptor 16...?....
Remember, a larger and smaller pack don't weigh that much differently when empty.
I like the option of more space, if I need it.
You can only pack so much stuff into a little pack.

I've had good luck with Camelbak as well, their bladders are better IMHO, better bite valves and the new ones all have quick release hoses.

I use a CB bladder in my Osprey pack.
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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2014, 11:29:57 AM »

I use a CB bladder in my Osprey pack.


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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2014, 11:59:33 AM »
Check out geigerigg. Expensive but literally blows everything else away.  It is pressuriEd and will spray out of the valve

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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2014, 12:27:34 PM »
Go and try them on to make sure you like the fit.  Also try out the closure on the bladder.  I do not like the closure on the new Camelbak bladder.  I find it easy to accidently not get it seated correctly.  Happened to me, it leaked, and ended up ruining my phone.  I now have an Osprey.

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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2014, 01:24:37 PM »
I've got a Camelback hawg great pack but if I was going to buy another hydration pack it would be an osprey.

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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2014, 01:45:08 PM »
Go and try them on to make sure you like the fit.  Also try out the closure on the bladder.  I do not like the closure on the new Camelbak bladder.  I find it easy to accidently not get it seated correctly.  Happened to me, it leaked, and ended up ruining my phone.  I now have an Osprey.

They tried to fix a problem that didn't exist with that change didn't they. I now check mine every time before I zip it up. The old threaded version never failed me a single time.

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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2014, 02:28:33 PM »
The quarter turn cap is tricky, but I do like the size of it.  I too had some unfortunate experiences learning to use the new cap but the size of the opening and the internal structure of the bladder are pretty darn good.  The Camelback bite valves are still the best that I have ever tried .
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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2014, 03:39:20 PM »
I always had Camelbaks and they are great, but I bought an Osprey last year and was impressed.  The little details seem to be just a bit better thought out.  I love the magnet to hold the hose up and roll out tool pouch.  I think I have the Raptor 14 for my Epic pack.
 
I used to also have an old Ergon pack.  Nothing else touched it for comfort when carrying alot of weight, but the storage area were not really that well thought out and it looked a bit odd.  I still have it if anyone ever wants to try it.
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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2014, 09:00:42 PM »
Don't forget to think about things you want to carry during the colder months.  Extra layers, gloves, heat packs, etc.

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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2014, 09:49:51 PM »
My new Epic came with the SWAT thingy, headset tool and super secret multitool stuck up the frame.  :o  Haven't set it up yet.  :P

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/technology/swat

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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2014, 11:35:51 PM »
Awesome. My new Stumpy is "Swat" compatible but I don't think it came with anything. (That I know of...) The headset tool idea is absolutely amazing.

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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2014, 07:57:54 AM »
On short rides at SWW where it isn't a very long hike back to the car, I use a smaller camelback with just water.
On longer rides at BCSP I use my Camelback Mule, and pack a tube, multitool, pocket knife, small first aid kit, phone, a couple cliff bars. Depending on the time of day, or time of year, sometimes I pack my clear glasses in case my sunglasses are too dark.
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Re: how to carry tools
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2014, 08:51:50 AM »

This is the eco-friendly way.  Reuse those plastic bags!




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