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Discussion in 'Gear and Accessory Reviews' started by mike, Oct 13, 2021.



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  1. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Yea, not hydration systems, just packs.

    I’ve been a Wingnut packs devote for awhile. I used the huge Adventure Pack on the AZT, where the zipper was destroyed by a squirrel. I got a “2.5” off Evdog and have used the hell out of it.

    I wanted something a little smaller than 2.5 but larger than my dinky hip pack. The 2.0 seemed right.

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    It’s less “lumbar” than the 2.5, but a more useful shape for 2.5 l Platypus bottles. It holds 4.5 liters worth in the reservoir and main pockets. More minimalist design than the 2.5. The wing pockets are smaller but can still fit a fist. Exactly what I was hoping for.

    All custom orders, I chose the fabric and reflective seams. I wish I could say the service was great. It took two-plus months to get it and the communication was lacking. Like, don’t state a week turnaround if it’s going to take two months? That PITA aside, the packs are pretty nice.
     
  2. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 Revel Rail
    Mansiere!

    OK, maybe too low for a mansiere. Enjoy the new stuff carrier, as I am sure you will!
     
  3. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    I’ve got a few rides with the Wingnut 2.0 pack now.

    For me it makes an ideal L&F all-day mission pack or generous short-ride pack. The hydro sleeve perfectly fits 2 liters in a Platypus bottle. The wing pockets are easy to use while wearing it. The cargo net works great for garments or pads. It’s lightweight and unobtrusive sitting on the low to mid back. The minimal main compartment has room for at least a tool kit, C02, first aid, extra layer (maybe two) and a sandwich. Wing pockets good for stuff like beacon, shades, safety gear, snacks, etc. The 2.0 is a nice size between a hip pack and what I think of as a riding backpack (18-22l capacity).

    The 2.5 does have slightly more room, but this pack is better in every regard. More vertical design nails it. Really happy with it, it was worth waiting for.
     
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  4. Faust29

    Faust29 Moderator

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    Moxie Mx3, SC Lizard & a Sutra
    I've decided that I pretty much loathe my current packs (Osprey something or other and Camelbak hip pack), and I've been looking for something new... Thanks for the review on this one!
     
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  5. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    I gotta slow down and read closer….I thought it said BACON at first. :inlove:
     
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  6. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
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  7. Redman

    Redman iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Henderson, Nv
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    SC OG Hightower 29'r
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  8. JordanHMay

    JordanHMay Member

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Jordan May
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon
    I used to run a large hydration pack but as I got more comfortable and fit, I found it to be too cumbersome and hurt my lower back. If I can get away with two bottles, I prefer that.

    For longer days where I know I will not have a water stop, I now run a running style vest hydration pack. I like the Osprey Duro 6. It hugs my body very tight, still can run a 1.5L hydration pouch, dual chest pockets can hold my phone and snacks. Two rear pockets have plenty of room for tools and more food. I can even stuff my light jacket inside and some other randoms.

    It’s much smaller and doesn’t require a waist belt. Since it sits up high, I can still access rear jersey pockets. Unless I’m riding something epic where I need a 3L pouch, this will be my choice for the foreseeable future.

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  9. Old&InTheWay

    Old&InTheWay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orange, Ca.
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    2017 Intense Primer Pro
    I once thought that I needed to get a new pack because of the lower back pain I was getting from riding with it. Turned out that all I needed to get was a new bike. :D
     
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  10. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Cool concept. A super light pack can be anywhere on your back.

    The Wingnut 2.0 could carry 3+ liters with room to spare. I’d want a waist belt for that.
     



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