After trying to run with my 32L Deuter day-pack over this last weekend, I ventured in search of a hydration pack.
After trying all the CAPESTORM stores, I finally found the last CamelBak Octane XC at the Wynberg store. When I got home and started to adjust the straps to get it to fit comfortably, I discovered that it had a manufacturing fault: the shoulder straps were anchored to waist straps incorrectly, so the bag would not sit squarely on my shoulders!
I popped into the store the next morning, and by that afternoon they had a replacement for me! It’s good to know when you are spending this kind of cash on a specialist item that the store carrying it backs you all the way — thanks Ray and the guys at CAPESTORM for going the extra mile!
- 2L reservoir
- chest & waist straps
- a zippered pouch on the back for keys etc
- a zippered pouch on each side of the waist strap for snacks etc
There is now a new version: the 2011 Octane XCT (R950.00 @ Cape Union Mart). It looks like they have removed one of the key features of the version I have, and that is that it is so easy to fill the Octane XC without having to remove the bladder. With this new version, you have to unzip the back and remove the water reservoir to fill it. Not clever.
If at all possible I run with a Salomon Twin Belt which I now far prefer to having a pack on my back. I do still use the pack for mountain biking.
I have also recently bought a Salomon XT Wings 5 Hydration Backpack which not only holds two bottles in addition to the bladder, but has significantly more storage space which comes in handy for the races which require you to carry wet-weather gear and medical aid supplies which won’t fit into the CamelBak.
More info here…
R955.00 at CAPESTORM