The North Face Megamouth
Price Paid: $80
Cool pack with a lot of room for a lite pack. Carries 3 liters of water which is a must for me.
My biggest complaint with this pack is the frame structure (2 bars that cross like an X under a layer of vented material that allows air to circulate between the pack and your back (good concept)) came apart from the lower corner of the pack and pushes into my back causing a rub injury every time I wear it long distance.
Price Paid: $75 (on sale)
I'm rating this primarily on the hydration system, as a backpack it seems to work fine, but then $100 is way too much for a simple daypack.
Honestly I had high hopes for the hydration system as it's made by Nalgene, but I've been extremely dissapointed instead. The features are excelent (quick connect hose for ease in removing the pack to refill, and a magnetic attachment for the end of the hose so it doesn't flop around), which is why I bought it.
However, the durability is terrible. The bite valve has a silicone sheath which is bitten to release water flow which wore through after only about two weeks (5 or 6 outings) using the pack, and now leaks whenever the flow valve is not locked. In addition, now (after a month and a half) the main screw cap closure where the bladder is filled has begun to leak, which would obviously drench anything inside the pack.
Bottom line, I would not recommend this pack to anyone.
Number of Pockets: 3 + 1 for Nalgene Bladder
Max. Load Carried: 10kg (22 pounds)
Height of Owner: 177cm (5'10")
Price Paid: 125 CAN$
I love my Megamouth! The hydration pack is huge enough for one or two day trip 3L! There is plenty of space for a day trip 18L ! And this bag is very comfortable.
The perforated foam back panel will keep you cool and dry, as will the Airmesh shoulder harness. It fit my back perfectly (I'm 5'10")
There is also a lot of little compartment and pocket for many uses.
There is reflective lines on it to be visible when low-light conditions.
There is a nice little whistle on the sternum strap... And it works pretty well.
The compartment of the Nalgene bladder is isolated but not the tube. For winter it's not very nice when the tube is frozen. I bought an isolation tube for it last year and it's now better. (At 125 CAN$ they should give it with the bag! That's why I gave 4.5 instead of 5 stars.)
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For all-day mountain bike rides in Moab, the Megamouth's 100-ounce reservoir will keep you hydrated in the triple-digit temperatures. With room for extra layers and gear, this hydration pack has a helmet stash sleeve to house your skull bucket when you're taking a break from charging the infamous red cliffs.
Simple and lightweight this hydration pack ensures you won't be parched by the end of the day
- Rocky Mountain Trail
The mesh trampoline back panel and X-Vent frame on The North Face Megamouth Backpack Hydration Pack work together to keep your back cool on your daylong hikes. Fill the 100oz Nalgene water reservoir, and pack layers and snacks in the Megamouth Backpack's main compartment. An internal organizer makes it easy to find your cell phone, while a front pocket stores sunscreen. The locking bite valve on this hydration pack won't leak all over your shirt, and this valve attaches magnetically to the Megamouth Backpack's strap for bounce-free accessibility.
- Backcountry Outlet
When you're training for the Quest Adventure Race Series, The North Face Megamouth Hydration Backpack is ideal for keeping it together all-day long. A 100-oz Nalgene reservoir with articulated magnetic bite valve and dual over-the-shoulder hydration routing gives you on the go access to bonk saving liquids. Storage for essential extra layers and gear is managed with a front pod pocket, zippered stretch mesh stash pocket, external stretch woven pockets, internal organizer, helmet stash sleeve, and side compression gear stabilizing straps. Come race day your necessities will be right there when you need them
- Altrec Outdoors