gitarmac Posted April 3, 2008 Share Posted April 3, 2008 I am a packaholic. THere I've said it. I have the hardest time finding the perfect daypack but I think I've found it with the alpine explorer. Of my other daypacks I have the camelbak trailblazer, mule, classic, mountainsmith approach II, and a jansport that is the 2nd best daypack. I have also decided that for me the middle/small camelbaks don't work for me, too large for some applications, and too small for the others. I like the classic for when I am riding my bicycle and need extra water, my small bike frame can only hold one bottle depending on where I put my pump. If I want to carry more stuff than the classic carries, then it will also be too much for the mule. The trailblazer had been great but sometimes I have extra clothes and am also carrying extra clothes for a friend and really have to pack it tight. Even overloaded it's the most comfy pack I've ever worn! So I went on a search for larger camelbaks. I have learned that a person really has to look at a pack in the store and the store I went to only had a couple of larger camelbaks but it had the alpine explorer and that's one of the ones I wanted to see. THere are two versions (also two versions of the trailblazer), I got the one the the horizontal webbing in the back and one mesh, one zippered side pocket. Because the webbing is horizontal in the back I can clip stuff to it that is designed to be clipped to a belt. I can also clip my GPS to the shoulder strap so it can be removed by one hand. THere is a nice soft fleece lined pocket towards the top for glasses and an mp3 player and an organizer pocket in front of the main compartment (with pen slots and such). In the middle of those 2 pockets is a cavity for stashing frequently used things. That's where I usually keep my wipes and tp. I'll post pics of it and the contents later. Quote Link to comment
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