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Michael T Thayer

Michael T Thayer

Michael T Thayer

Michael T Thayerwrote a review of on June 19, 2012

1 5

I don't exactly have chicken arms, but these won't stay in place once they get sweaty. They don't have a lower strap, and the upper strap is too long (can't get it tight enough and still velco. They're going into the back of the closet, and I'm buying some Fox ones. And they're expensive too

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Michael T Thayer

Michael T Thayerwrote a review of on May 3, 2010

5 5

I can't say enough about this pack -- 10x better than my old Camelback MULE. The rigid reservoir is perfect, no more uncomfortable bubble on your lower back. There is enough room in the pack for some food, spare tube, pump, multi tool, tire levers and car keys. Sweet separate pocket for phone / music player. The magnetic bite valve attachment takes some getting used to, but once you figure it out you'll wonder how you lived without it. I found the hip belt to be too long, but was pretty easy to modify. The 2 liter capacity is great for shorter rides, but for all day epics I'd suggest moving up to a 3-liter version.

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Michael T Thayer

Michael T Thayerwrote a review of on May 3, 2010

5 5

Installed two of the racks on a 2010 4Runner Trail in about 20 minutes. The bikes were held securely in the rack, no issues driving 75mph on the highway. I moved the front bar of my cargo rack all the way forward, and can open the back of the SUV without the rear door hitting the tires of the bikes (had a Yeti 575 and a Specialized hardtail on it). This is an easy solution for people who want to use factory-installed roof racks. Don't forget to buy the SKS lock cores.

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Michael T Thayer

Michael T Thayerwrote a review of on April 7, 2010

1 5

I bought an '09 MULE at the end of last summer on sale to replace my favorite hydration pack (an older MULE, maybe '03 model). I could not be more dissapointed. After a number of rides last fall, and again this spring, I just couldn't get the pack to sit comfortably on my back. I never had this problem with my old one. After a lot of fiddling with the straps, placement of spare tubes, etc. I think I figured out the problem. The new zippered bladder access (instead of the old slide-in bladder) is made wrong. By adding the zipper to the top and one side only, the pack is not symmetrical (the zipper is larger than the stitching on the other side). So my pack is ALWAYS slightly shifted when the bladder is full. (It also seems to me that the bladder is slightly too big for the compartment, which makes it hard to center).
I went to REI and checked out the 2010s, and it seems the problem is still there. I'm replacing my MULE with a new Osprey Raptor...what a waste of money.

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