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CamelBak Octane XC 70 oz Hydration Pack
Lightweight and stable trail running pack with fast, easy external fill.
Fantastic Running Hydration Pack
by: on: 15-Nov 2009
I bought the Octane XC because I needed more water than what my FlashFlo's 45oz. during long marathon training runs. Additionally, I had a hard time reaching behind my back to get at my energy gels. Most times I had to slow to a walk, loosen the waist strap, slide the fanny pack to the front or side to get at the zippered compartment. I previously used a Nathan Labs HPL #020 hydration vest, but didn't like it since it felt like I was wearing another layer of clothing. So with the start of my long runs, I got the Octane XC.
First, be aware that there are two Camelbaks called Octane; the Octane XC and the Octane 8+. The Octane 8+ is slightly heaver (1.3lbs dry for XC vs. 1.98lbs dry for the 8+) due to it has a larger compartment to hold gear. Probably great if you need a lot of stuff, but I have a Camelbak Cloud Runner if I need to lug around a lot of stuff for hikes or biking. For me on a run all I need is to take my energy gels, cell phone, and lots of water. So to same some weight I went with the XC.
My first run with the XC was a 12-miler. The XC loaded with a full 70 oz. didn't slosh or move around on my back. The air channel design on the inside back panel kept me comfortable. The XC's design allows full arm swing without bumping into the side storage areas on the waist straps. Speaking of which, the side storage is great for keeping the energy gels handy. I was able to easily access those area without having to slow down or move the XC. The top storage area is a small, but was great for holding my cell phone, ID, and keys. Halfway through my run, the sun broke through the clouds and the vest I was wearing was becoming too hot to wear. While the XC has a criss-cross bungy cord to hold stuff, I'm always paranoid of having things fall off. Instead I was able to store the vest in the same compartment as the hydration bladder with no problems.
One bit of advice, Camelbak did an outstanding job of using elastic band or velcro straps to keep all the strap ends from dangling. As such, it's best to adjust all the straps (to include the sternum strap which I had to move to a lower loop on the shoulder straps) before running with it. In my excitement, I just filled up the hydration bladder and went on a run. So each time I adjusted a strap, I had to undo the elastic/velcro band, make the adjustment, roll up the excess strap and redo the elastic/velcro band. All that while running isn't easy. Also, the drinking tube has a clip on the right shoulder strap, I didn't like the way the end would hit me if I pulled the tube all the way down. I slid the tube end up, closer to the clip, so it didn't bounce around.
Bottom line: This one's a keeper. 12-miles and once I got the straps adjusted, I hardly noticed I was wearing it.
Comfort, Capacity, and big sip bite-valve.
by: on: 10-Aug 2009
I shopped around quite a bit before choosing this hydra pak. The existing reviews were good and I realy liked the dark cheddar color for visibility in the forest. I wanted a well-fitting pak that would not move around when I run. I am not disappointed, in fact it is a great pak. It is easy to fill, the bite valve gives a good dose of water, and the fit and styling of the pak feels good and looks good. If you only need enough storage space for a phone, a bit of fruit or a bar, your keys, small wallet, pocket knife, and an extra shirt or towel to secure under the bungy straps, then this XC70 pak will do fine. I'm glad that Camelbak made this available in the Cheddar color because I think it is very important to have high visibility when hiking in case you're in need of rescue or are mistaken for an animal by a trigger-happy hunter. The 70 Ounce bladder is plenty for a 3 hour hike in cool weather or a 2 hour hike in hot weather. You do really have to remove the pak to access the waist zipper pockets but that is fine by me, becaue the main thing is that you have easy access to water on the go. Having said that, I would really like to see a cell phone pocket on the front of the pak for quick access while on the run. Bottom line is that this hydration pak is worth the extra bucks.
Does exactly what it should do...
by: on: 06-Jun 2009
Camelbak Octane XC 2L Hydration Pack: Excellent product. I've used mine for 4 months now and am extremely happy with it. The product works exactly as it should. Side pockets have plenty of room for running fuel. Top pocket perfect to hold id, mini-med kit. I take a 15-20 mile run in the TX heat before having to refill. Not too heavy but I suspect the weight distribution to the shoulders is an advantage for guys. Not sure how it is for women. I sweat a lot so I have to wear a full t-shirt to avoid chaffing. On that note, it doesn't take a lot to clean this product. A bit of soap, water and air dry after a long run and it's clean and ready to go.
Great if you have no hips!
by: on: 05-Jun 2009
I have had trouble with belt/bottle packs staying up on my very narrow hips, so I decided to give this pack a try. It took a couple runs to get used to it, but I have found it to be very comfortable. The airflow is good and I don't really notice my back being any hotter. It holds plenty of water. I usually run 10-15 miles at a time and never finish it all. It fits better/flatter if you don't fill it to the max (or it will shrink down after you drink a little). It has decent storage space and side pockets that you can reach while running, although it takes a bit of a reach. It feels very light, but I must mention I am 6'8" and 235, so the extra 6 pounds or so isn't much. The drinking tube flopping around annoyed me, so I attached a pair of velcro pads so I could easily stick it to one of the straps. If you find yourself with a water belt and tightening it enough to cut off circulation, just to get it to stay up, then this pack is for you!
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