A shell of previous 18x

Reviewed by powern@p from Oregon on Friday, December 30, 2016
I have an Octane 18x from about five years ago and it was made like a quality backpack, only smaller. It had padding, heavy cordura-type material on the bottom, and most importantly, a compression pouch inside the main compartment to put my bike tools, pump and spare tube. That interior pocket kept all that heavy stuff from flopping around while biking. Also, there were multiple webbing loops I could use to hang my tail light as I ride to trail heads at night...

This new one, which I also received as a gift, has all light-weight material, almost no padding compared to the old one, and most importantly, no inside compression pocket. I don't understand this unless they just had to do away with that feature because all the rest of the pack is so flimsy it would have caused the pack to scrunch up against the user's back.

The only positive I see in the new design is the weight savings. But honestly I don't carry an over-sized Camelbak on my mountain bike rides and day hikes to save weight. I use it because it carries my gear the way I want it carried -- with flexibility. Not sure if this new one is going to work.
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