Average Polarpak Review  (based on 37 reviews)

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  • Reviewed by noshortcuts from bay area, ca. on Monday, August 17, 2009
    The overall build quality is good. I like the two pockets on the belt that I use for car keys, multi tool, and cell phone. I love the holster for the mouthpiece that keeps it clean and makes it easy to both retrieve and put back. The amount of water is good enough for short to medium length rigorous exercise. It is easy to fill.

    I find the "moflow" system to be a bit of a gimmick. Pros: It is easy to use the pump and add air to the reservoir which makes the water flow more strongly for drinking and also helps hold the shape of the bladder so you don't need to adjust the belt as often for a tight fit. Con: Problem is that it only works for maybe the first 33-50 percent of water usage and then there is not enough air pressure to assist with the flow of water. When there is no help from added air pressure, the mouth piece for this pack has much less flow that most hydration packs. You have to bite and suck to get a drink.

    All in all I like it and use it often. I prefer hip hydration over backpack hydration when I can find a decent system and don't need more water.
    • Best Uses: Mountain biking
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Refill
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Barton of Vermont from Stamford Ct. on Monday, August 3, 2009
    Very simple,compact and well made. Limited capacity restricts use to day hikes.
    • Best Uses: Day Trips
    • Describe Yourself: Casual Adventurer
    • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Refill, Good Water Flow
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Nate the black lab's mom from Monument, CO on Monday, July 27, 2009
    Have used this for 3-hour hikes - plenty of water. Water valve, container, etc worked just fine. Wish the zippered pocket were just a tad bit larger; hoping that come winter, it will hold my string cheese, sandwich and candy bar when downhill skiing; looks promising.
    • Best Uses: Extended Hikes, Running, Skiing
    • Cons: Small other capacity
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Refill, Good Water Flow, Stable
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
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