Hydrapak Air Scoop '03 Water Carrier

DESCRIPTION

Category: Cycling/Performance
Fluid Capacity: 50 fl oz / 1479 ml
Pack Capacity: N/A
Color: Blue, Red, Yellow


Pack Features:

  • Vaulted Frame provides a stiff structure to support reservoir, is shaped like your back for comfortable fit
  • Foam Support Pods lift pack frame off your pack and keep skin-to-pack contact surface area to a minimum
  • Lycra/Neoprene Stretch Materials hold reservoir firmly in place
  • Open Mesh Shoulder Straps for minimum weight and maximum breathability
  • Adjustable Sternum Strap holds the pack snugly in place
  • Aggressive Visual Design incorporates bright colors and new logo treatments to deliver a radically different pack from anything on the market today.
  • Reflective piping
  • Side zipper access to reservoir for fast filling and easy hose routing
  • Drink hose can be top or bottom routed
  • Buckles on shoulder straps for quickly taking the pack on and off, even while riding
  • EasyFlo Shut-Off valve and Reversible Reservoir

  • USER REVIEWS

    Showing 1-5 of 5  
    [Jun 24, 2008]
    noapathy
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    pretty comfortable
    light weight
    looks nice

    Weakness:

    difficult access to water
    no space for anything
    annoying to refill

    It's nice looking and comfy once you get it on, but until then look out. Any time saved cleaning by the reversible pouch is quickly used up trying to squeeze the thing in through the TINY side zipper. The ability to disconnect the hose is ok, but overrated. And I know this is a minimalist pack, but its tiny compartment is nearly impossible to get to without first removing the water pouch. Who wants to go through that every time? One last complaint...the thing looks strong except for the stretchy material in the middle, which reminds me more of panty hose than anything durable/rugged. I doubt it'll last more than a year. So if you don't mind the hassle beforehand and having to replace it, get this. If you're like me and want grab 'n' go equipment that's useable for some time to come, stay away from this model.

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    [Nov 22, 2003]
    Phil T
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Small size/lightness, stays off your back, color scheme

    Weakness:

    needs a little more storage

    I will use this mainly for road. It holds 50oz, (about 2 bottles) and has a zipped compartment for keys and some bars/gel packs. It is quite comfortable, due to lightness and it actually allows air to flow between the pack and your back. You can easily get your hand inside bladder to clean.

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    [Oct 17, 2003]
    Doug Gangi
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Comfortable rounded skeleton, pads keep the pack off your back for breathability, aerodynamic, Hydrapack bladder and bite valve - the best around

    Weakness:

    Small - but that's why I bought it. This will be a secondary water source on long road bike rides (2 bottles being the primary)

    This is a really cool pack. There aren't many water packs on the market that are meant for road biking. Well this one is -- the pack is constructed of a semi-solid plastic skeleton that is curved to fit your back while you are hunched over. The pack is small and streamlined -- very nice. And it has a way cool color scheme!

    In my opinion, Hydrapacks make the best bladders and bite valves in the business. I have been using a Hydrapack for my mountain bike for a long time and I really enjoy them. The bladders can open completley, so it is VERY easy to fill them with water and ice and clean them out afterwards. And the bite valve is an absolute work of art -- an example of simple science doing what it is supposed to and nothing more. Just bite on the valve and suck and you get lots of water. Stop biting and the valve seals immediately -- no leaks or drips. Fabulous.

    If you are a roadie and you want a water pack, this is the one to get. It's small, light weight, and functional. The only downside is the storage capacity (50 oz and a small carrying pocket), but this bag is designed to be minimalist for a reason.

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    Camelback, Blackburn

    [Dec 05, 2003]
    Mike
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Lifted Pads, Molded to fit curve of your back = COMFORT, Light, Some Storage, Good Bladder and Mouth Piece.

    Weakness:

    None

    This is the best light weight hydrapack for moderate rides. Tinker who races for Canondale uses this pack. I decided to check it out because I needed a smaller pack than my Mule. What I like the most is the pads which lift the pack off your back allowing air to flow. This also helps keep the water and your back cooler! The pack is molded to fit the curve of your back. Excellent design and quality.

    The pack even has a small storage section which is enough for a cellphone, small tire pump, tire patchkit, car keys and small bike tool. I have fitted all this including a spare chainlink without problem (I put these things inside a plastic zip-lock baggy and then place inside pack). There is even a pocket which can be used for sunglasses or cellphone!

    I rate this product the best in its class for a 50oz waterpack without a doubt!

    They just came out with the Hydrapak Keg 100oz which has the same molded and standoff padding. But its pricey $90-$100. Use Ebay or search for best price. This pack is far better than my Mule but I only paid $35 for the Mule so?


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    Camelback Mule

    [Jul 25, 2004]
    Big Al
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    HUGE bang for the buck; light weight. Perfect for sport class racing when you don't have support to hand you bottles. Excellent water flow. Can barely feel it on your back and breaths well. Great for road group riding and can feed the tube from top or bottom; seems to work better from the bottom for road riding. You can turn the bladder inside out and wash it easily, and you can throw it in the dishwasher! During rides, you can access your jersey pockets easily. Beautifully designed pack with pretty creative designs.

    Weakness:

    A bit tricky to get the bladder in place due to the sideways entry design (it doesn't have the gravity assist drop). Let's see how long it last.

    Absolutely excellent pack for the money. The pack for people who hate anything on their back (who refuse to part from water bottles); or just want a bit more water while using bike-mounted water bottles. Perfect for racing or fast after-work group rides. Since there's little storage space, you have to be a bit creative on where to put things, but you can work it out (frame mount your pump and use your jersey pockets). I still have my mule for big epics.

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