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CamelBak Urban Transport, thoughts?

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I know a few of you folks have CamelBak backpacks. Does anyone have experience with the Urban Transport? I have another pack I've been using for my daily bag (walk a few miles everyday and carry a laptop plus about 15 pounds of other crap), but it doesn't ventilate so I get pretty hot. Since summer is coming and I often times wear a suit, I was looking for a tough bag that can carry my work gear, or day hike stuff, and not make me sweat so much. I also dont want anything that is too tactical looking or flashy, since I plan to use it for work. All black or grey are the ideal colors. This bag looks great, has a dedicated laptop sleeve, plus a place for a water bladder. Anyone seen or tried these? I can't find a local store with one.

 

The other bag I was thinking about is an Osprey. I have one of the larger backpacking ones and I love it. The mesh back-frame is great and super ventilated. However, I don't think it would fit a laptop well and might not take daily abuse like the CamelBak could. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

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I have a CamelBak myself, living in an Urban area, for use as a 72hour (more like 140+hour) pack.

So the idea of getting out of the city relatively unscathed is to, in part, blend in with the rest of em. DOnt look like you are 'prepared' while making your escape. SO on that note, and looking at the options that you gave, I would personally go with the Black Urban Transport. Built to hold a bladder (not just compatible) and looks to have a larger capacity than what I currently have. It wouldnt stand-out much in a crowd as being a 'preppers' bag. Niether would the Osprey. THe Osprey just looks less durable and less functional to me. just an opinion

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Thanks for the feedback. What pack do you have? I only have experience with their smaller hydration packs for running. I like it, but was not sure if their backpacks are worth the price. They look like they are, but good to get other opinions.

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Thanks for the feedback. What pack do you have? I only have experience with their smaller hydration packs for running. I like it, but was not sure if their backpacks are worth the price. They look like they are, but good to get other opinions.

 

Wife and I each have a Black one of these http://www.joesarmynavyonline.com/servlet/Detail?no=6633

The bladder is 2.5-liters. It all started out as a 72hour pack to get me out of the city. But with gear upgrades/changes it can do for almost a week.

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Just got my new Camelbak Urban Transport in the mail today. Looks real solid. Feels like it will work great as a EDC work bag, day hiker, and light BOB. Will post a better review as I use it more.

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Most modern military packs have access pouches built in for CamelBaks. The recon pack is a good example of this. Even if you do not have a pouch for this purpose you could also just stick your CamelBak inside your BOB and stick the tube outside the main pouch.

 

I just see the only benefit the urban transport has Over other more durable packs, is the pouch for the CamelBak.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Tactical-15-9033-Hydration-Compatible-Backpack/dp/B005R3RHEC

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