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I'm debating on which Camelbak Hydration Ski Pack to purchase.  

 

Right now I'm torn between the M.U.L.E. NV Hydration Pack and the Tycoon Hydration Pack.  I went by a store earlier today and they had the M.U.L.E. NV Pack in stock, but to me it looked awfully small.  They didn't have the Tycoon one, but when I got back home and did a little more research, I'm beginning to think the M.U.L.E. is a better buy than the Tycoon because the Tycoon may be too big.  This would be a pack for just a day of skiing, and probably any one-day hiking.

 

Anyone have any suggestions on these two, or even a better one to purchase?

 

Thanks!

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I like my Osprey Karve 16, but in general if you want one day packs for resort/summer hiking get something between 10L and 20L capacity. The karve 16 s/m that I use is 14L. THe Osprey Kode is also a very nice pack.

 

It looks from the website that the MULE NV doesn't have an insulated sleeve for the hose, I can tell you that it's going to freeze if it stays out, you will already have a hard time keeping the bite valve from freezing even inside an insulated sleeve. The tycoon doesn't look like it's going to be too big with 15L + 3L hydration. Enough space to carry lunch, hat, gloves, extra socks and so and so

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I like my Osprey Karve 16, but in general if you want one day packs for resort/summer hiking get something between 10L and 20L capacity. The karve 16 s/m that I use is 14L. THe Osprey Kode is also a very nice pack.

 

It looks from the website that the MULE NV doesn't have an insulated sleeve for the hose, I can tell you that it's going to freeze if it stays out, you will already have a hard time keeping the bite valve from freezing even inside an insulated sleeve. The tycoon doesn't look like it's going to be too big with 15L + 3L hydration. Enough space to carry lunch, hat, gloves, extra socks and so and so

Thanks.  You are right, it doesn't look like the MULE NV has an insulated sleeve, so I'll cross that one off!  I'll have to check the website to see their return policy, but I'm just worried the length of the Tycoon may be too long and get on my nerves when skiing and especially hiking in the Summer.

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I like my Osprey Karve 16, but in general if you want one day packs for resort/summer hiking get something between 10L and 20L capacity. The karve 16 s/m that I use is 14L. THe Osprey Kode is also a very nice pack.

 

It looks from the website that the MULE NV doesn't have an insulated sleeve for the hose, I can tell you that it's going to freeze if it stays out, you will already have a hard time keeping the bite valve from freezing even inside an insulated sleeve. The tycoon doesn't look like it's going to be too big with 15L + 3L hydration. Enough space to carry lunch, hat, gloves, extra socks and so and so

 

+1 on the Osprey Karve 16. My wife gave me the same pack for Christmas and so far I really like it. It seems like a really good pack for lift served or sidecountry skiing. I also agree that the insulated hose is an absolute must for anything you plan on using during the winter. I've had a few of the non-insulated Camelbaks in the past and the hose would freeze pretty quickly when it got cold which would render the reservoir useless for the duration of the day. 

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