Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by Moto7man, Nov 5, 2017.
Does anyone have any experience with these?
Interesting pack, I've never seen one before but it seems to make some sense to try and get the weight closer to your mid section than up high on your back.
Nice concept. The issue I have with it is access to the pack portion, as my helmet, elbow guards and chest protector would have to come off first.
Yeah, it seems this was developed for mountain biking, but may have some applications in the enduro world for riders that don't wear a chest protector.
I don't think I would like everything so low. I remember using fanny packs back in the day the seat would hit them on down hills or when the rear of the bike popped up. I also prefer to carry more water. Looks cool and boy it sure holds a lot of stuff.
I struggle with this as well, fanny pack full of tools and water pack, or just one pack on my shoulders? I have the zac speed rp3 which holds 3 litres and has room for tool storage, but it holds everything up high...good or bad? then I use a Klim tool pack around my waist with minimal tools. To round off my baggage I also have a roost pack zip tied to the front of the chest protector. Sometimes I feel like I'm going camping not riding!
Admin I like the looks of that, who sells it? Did you mean you attached the pack to your chest protector or did you buy it as one unit? In the past I attached an old camel back to my chest protector that worked ok but with a full load it sag in the back and make the chest guard ride up into my neck.
Nevermind I found them on Rocky Mountain. Pretty cool but pricey at $222.
Looks like Fly makes a similar pack for $116. https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/...-Ready-to-Ride-Roost-Guard-and-Hydration-Pack
Zac Speed makes my pack, it is now called the configure-8 now, mine is like 10 years old and is bullet proof. The difference is how it attaches over the shoulders and then again under the arm pits so as the backpack naturally wants to pull down the arm pit straps counter that by pulling the front down. Also the Zac Speed is convertible to a regular water/tool pack should you not want full plastic coverage at times.
The MSR roost pack looks a little goofy attached to the front, but it is the most convenient way to carry items that you need quick access to like (Phone/goggle rag/screw driver/power bars/adult beverages) and you don't even notice it's there after a while.
I like the looks of the Zac Speed, and when you consider it combines the pack and roost guard the price is not too bad. As far as the Fly unit - I have to say I always have something fall apart and they also sucker me in from time to time. Case in point, my Fox chest protector finally needed to be replaced after many years and I purchased the Fly convertible and attached my camelbak to it. Less than two seasons on it and already coming apart.
How many tools do you carry in the Zac Speed? I still pack too much in my fanny pack and pay the price after 4 or 5 hours on the trail, I need to get it pared down or get it higher up.
Well I ended up ordering one of these Fly Stingray roost guard/hydration packs yesterday so I'll let you guys know how it is. Bikebandit has them on closeout for $98 if anyone is interested. My old HRP flak jacket is on it's last leg and my camel back is about 15+ years old so I figured I would give this a try.
Admin; liking the looks of the Zac Speed - when you say rp3 is that the same as the Dakar model that RM sells or one of the others? I posted a question on the RM's site regarding wearing a Leatt Neck Brace. I'm having a hard time determining how everything fits in there and how secure the heavier items maybe. I used to wear a cheap backpack for a few years just on trail rides, but ended up being everyone's pack horse (jackets, extra gloves and maybe even some sandwiches). Anyway since finding out I have spinal stenosis I would do well to get weight off my lower back. I'm also considering a fender pack to carry some tools.
I went to the ZP website and think I found my answer, it appears that the model you have is the Speed Sprint pack, still cannot find good enough pics to see how much actual room or capacity there is. Thanks for any insight.
Just got the Fly Stingray in the mail yesterday from bikebandit. I guess I'm spoiled by Rockmountain, bike bandit shipping is ssslllloooowww! I ordered it last Wednesday and ordered something else from RM this Monday and they both arrived yesterday.. Anyway just messing with it in the garage it is a little cumbersome to put on but I think when I get used it I'll figured out an easier way. First off the backpack part of it has a ton of storage! The storage pouch has a lot of pockets and elastic webbing to hold tools and stuff, it will open up flat and utilizes flap for storage as well. The pouch itself is held to the pack with elastic on the sides, seen at the bottom, and a buckle at the top, you could fit an inner tube in there easily and not know it there. The chest plate is very adjustable to fit a wide range of bodies and seems very protective. The shoulder caps are a little on the small side and would benefit from foam or something, they just have the netting that keeps them off your shoulder. I'm hoping to try it out soon, should be cleared from the doctor ride again on the 28th. Broke collarbone in 4 places back in August.
I like the Zac Speed models but I am still on the fence.
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