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Old 12-15-2012, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Heli Pack w/ Camelbak?

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Does anyone have a Dakine pack with a Camelbak reservoir?
I plan on getting a Dakine Heli Pack 11L. It's compatible with a Hydrapak water reservoir, which Dakine sells for their packs.
They're not very durable though, so if I get a Camelbak reservoir it will be much more likely to hold up if I fall on my back.

http://militarytimes.com/blogs/gears...h-the-grinder/

I was wondering if the Dakine hydro sleeve is wide enough for the Camelbak bite valve, with it being at a 90 degree angle like it is.


This is a Dakine pack sleeve with the Hydrapak reservoir:


I'm not sure if the sleeve is wide enough for the Camelbak.
Anyone know? If not then I'll just go ahead and buy the Camelbak and try it out. I don't like to pay return shipping if it doesn't fit, so I'm checking here first just in case anyone has already tried it.

Thanks.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the heli-pack and I took the camelback thing out of a different burton pack and just stuck it in there...the tube is a little long but it still fits. The mouthpiece on mine is straight, not like the actual Camelback so im not sure if it will fit but I think it will. If not you could always just zip it as closed as possible and have the mouthpiece sticking out a little bit...
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, it'll fit. I have the same Camelbak fitting with my Dakine Heli Pro DLX.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ok, thanks for the replies.

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Yeah, it'll fit. I have the same Camelbak fitting with my Dakine Heli Pro DLX.
Is it the 100 oz reservoir?
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Question:
Does anyone have a Dakine pack with a Camelbak reservoir?
I plan on getting a Dakine Heli Pack 11L. It's compatible with a Hydrapak water reservoir, which Dakine sells for their packs.
They're not very durable though, so if I get a Camelbak reservoir it will be much more likely to hold up if I fall on my back.

We put 8 hydration systems through the Grinder | Military Times GearScout

I was wondering if the Dakine hydro sleeve is wide enough for the Camelbak bite valve, with it being at a 90 degree angle like it is.


This is a Dakine pack sleeve with the Hydrapak reservoir:


I'm not sure if the sleeve is wide enough for the Camelbak.
Anyone know? If not then I'll just go ahead and buy the Camelbak and try it out. I don't like to pay return shipping if it doesn't fit, so I'm checking here first just in case anyone has already tried it.

Thanks.
Just FWIW, I much prefer my Hydrapak set-up over my Camelbak.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Just FWIW, I much prefer my Hydrapak set-up over my Camelbak.
That's fine, but for about the same price I can get a much stronger reservoir. The thing I personally don't like about the Hydrapack reservoir is the seal on top, which is prone to release easily with too much pressure on the reservoir.

Check out the videos here, in which this guy tests the main reservoir from each brand fr durability.
http://militarytimes.com/blogs/gears...h-the-grinder/

Unfortunately, the Hydrapack did the worst in the test. It just burst open the second he dropped the first bag on it.
I'm worried that the same thing would happen with mine if I were to slam on my back.
That's why I'm asking if the Camelbak Antidote mouthpiece fits inside the sleeve on a Dakine pack, because overall it did better than the others (the production version in the 2nd video- the one in the first video was a prototype so he later tried the final product to be fair).
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That's fine, but for about the same price I can get a much stronger reservoir. The thing I personally don't like about the Hydrapack reservoir is the seal on top, which is prone to release easily with too much pressure on the reservoir.

Check out the videos here, in which this guy tests the main reservoir from each brand fr durability.
We put 8 hydration systems through the Grinder | Military Times GearScout

Unfortunately, the Hydrapack did the worst in the test. It just burst open the second he dropped the first bag on it.
I'm worried that the same thing would happen with mine if I were to slam on my back.
That's why I'm asking if the Camelbak Antidote mouthpiece fits inside the sleeve on a Dakine pack, because overall it did better than the others (the production version in the 2nd video- the one in the first video was a prototype so he later tried the final product to be fair).
Saw the link in your first post, but did not read through it all (let alone watch the videos). Just speaking from my personal experience.
My Hydrapak (although it feels a bit flimsy) is much tougher than my Camelbak. Never had any problems with leaks or similar - and I have taken a tumble down the side of good-size hill while biking, falling on my back several times in the process and the only leakage was a few drops from the mouthpiece.
My Camelbak is pretty much retired, I only use it when my Hydrapak is not available or for 'messy' contents.
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you shouldn't be riding with a backpack at resorts unless you're accessing sidecountry or carrying camera gear to film very good riders.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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you shouldn't be riding with a backpack at resorts unless you're accessing sidecountry or carrying camera gear to film very good riders.
Yeah, you're right ShredLife. I wouldn't wear some bulgy pack just for the heck of it. That would look stupid.
That's why I'm getting the Heli pack- it's really low-profile. My problem is that later on in the day, I sometimes get either too hot or too cold, so I can carry a second base layer in the pack and switch out if I need to. I can also keep my bigger gloves in there if I want to switch for my pipe gloves in the park. Last season I did that but had to keep my regular gloves in my pockets, which was kind of uncomfortable. Now I don't have to worry about sweating or freezing my ass off!
It would also be nice to have a place to keep my camera, lock, mask and goggles, which I sometimes take of for a while. I like to stay hydrated and carry some food, too. Sure, the jacket has a shit load of pockets, but what I'm carrying adds up.

My friend has a Heli pack for the same reasons and people sometimes give him the wtf look and ask him why he's wearing it. Then he shows them the water hose they then compliment him and say it's a good idea. He never lets me keep any of my extra shit in there for the reasons I mentioned, because he doesn't want to be responsible if, for example, he falls on his back and breaks my goggles.

Until I saw for myself just how thin the Heli pack is, I used to have the same opinion as you about having the pack at a resort. Now I realize it's not really a bad idea. I have a legitimate reason, so I'm gonna go for it.
Thanks for the tip.

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you shouldn't be riding with a backpack at resorts unless you're accessing sidecountry or carrying camera gear to film very good riders.
Dude negative thats all I ever see from you! D-bag guess should know by his played out avatar
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