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Picked up the Dakine yesterday, gonna try it out tomorrow.

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I got a Dakine as well.  I hated the bladder.  super-thin material, and I couldn't get the bite valve to work comfortably.  swapped out the bladder for a Camelbak one of about the same size.  I apparently also hate the new Camelbak bite valves, but fortunately had an extra old school one laying around.  Frankenbladder.
my only remaining complaint is condensation if I put ice in it.  don't have that problem with my Blowfish backpack.  but I guess if I'm just doing 'hot laps', I don't need ice water.   I'll just get one of my groupies on the tour bus to fix me a frosty beverage between laps.
Curious why a thin bladder is an issue?
Yea the valve is same as Ospreys and at first it was odd compared to CB style.


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I have to admit, not having a backpack on was nice. I only did about 10 miles with the Dakine but it works well.

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5 hours ago, TheX said:

I have to admit, not having a backpack on was nice. I only did about 10 miles with the Dakine but it works well.

I liked having no backpack as well, there was much more airflow.  It did remind me of how fat I am though with that thing accentuating my belly.  

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I just got a Dakine hip pack. Question how do you open bladder to fill? I removed the sliding thing but cant get bladder open. 

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8 minutes ago, Bart said:

I just got a Dakine hip pack. Question how do you open bladder to fill? I removed the sliding thing but cant get bladder open. 

So the first time you open it is sealed up well, just flip the top part up and pry it open. I noticed this as well.

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I thought I was destroying it the first time I opened it.

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I reached the paralysis by analysis phase. Each seemed to have some strengths with one a glaring weakness. After realizing that it's just a facking funnypack, I pulled the trigger on the Dakine 5L. That seems to be the crowd favorite. 

My main motivation for ditching the backpack style pack is that I think it may help with the shoulder pain and hand numbness I get. 

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Yep, the 5L is what I got. My only gripe so far is the waist adjustment shifted a bit during the ride. Just need to bind it better.

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1 hour ago, TheX said:

Yep, the 5L is what I got. My only gripe so far is the waist adjustment shifted a bit during the ride. Just need to bind it better.

Yeah I have found as I empty the bladder I have to tighten the waist belt

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Yeah I have found as I empty the bladder I have to tighten the waist belt
Seeing as how weight and size decreases with a ride . This makes sense and is easily rectified. I'm used to reaching down there all the time anyways

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I just got my fanny pack in the mail and started transferring stuff. Holy shit am I a pack rat! I'm going to have some decisions to make. Is it more likely that I'll need to close a large wound or take a trail dump? How many types of goos, bars, and tablets are needed on a 2 hour ride? I've carried a Leatherman for years and have used it once or twice. However, one of those times was literally the last time I rode. I just now remembered that my phone and keys are supposed to go in there too!

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I don't have to carry much in my Dakine pack:

One water bottle in the stretchy sleeve

ID and a credit card

One or two snacks

Spare 29" tube, rolled up

CO2 and Genuine Innovations head

Muli-tool and some chain links

Tire lever, bacons and poker taped to it

Phone

Plastic zip bag with some TP and adhesive bandages

Radial patch

Lezyne pump and larger water bottle on my frame.

Baggie shorts with pockets if I need anything else.

Not sure what else you need.

 

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