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Crumpler Bumper Issue

Return to main story [nggallery id=173] Crumpler Bumper Issue MSRP: $125 Fluid Capacity: 70oz/2L Cargo Capacity: 7.2L Colors Available: Green/blue, red/orange (tested), brown/white, black/gray/orange, brown camo/orange, white camo/slate. Weight: 1lb 11oz Available: Now Helmet compatible? Not officially, and not really full-face compatible. Media…

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Crumpler Bumper Issue
MSRP
: $125
Fluid Capacity: 70oz/2L
Cargo Capacity: 7.2L
Colors Available: Green/blue, red/orange (tested), brown/white, black/gray/orange, brown camo/orange, white camo/slate.
Weight: 1lb 11oz
Available: Now

Helmet compatible? Not officially, and not really full-face compatible.

Media pocket? No

Pros: Are you a mountain biker that happens to be a die-hard fan of Crumpler bags? Well, here’s the pack for you. Made to the same high-quality standards as their other bags, the Bumper Issue offers top-loading access to a divided main compartment with a larger and a smaller pocket of the same depth. The main compartment also houses the reservoir inside an open-top sleeve, so everything is accessible from underneath one buckled flap.

Crumpler uses a great amount of reflective material on this pack and still offers a loop for a tail light.

I like how the shoulder strap buckles and compression strap buckles are partially hidden, even if it is only in the name of style.

Cons: Having the reservoir accessed from the cargo area doesn’t seem like a good idea, as I don’t know about you, but I’ve NEVER been able to fill mine without spilling at least a few drops. The reservoir itself is only 70-ounces, which seems a bit odd for such a large-volume pack, too. And said Source reservoir doesn’t have a locking bite valve, making it very prone to leakage during storage or transport. There is a hard plastic dust cap tethered on by a small, hand-tied cord that could keep the bite valve from getting inadvertently squeezed, but leaving it dangling during rides is annoying at best.

Top-only access to the nether-regions of this deep pack irks me. While too many zippers, straps and pockets can be equally as annoying, the simplicity of this pack is a little too predominant for my preference.

Bottom line: Though there’s an obvious involvement of both quality materials and fabrication, this pack looks more like something you’d carry your juggling pins down to the mall with than a mountain bike hydration pack. It’s great to see a different perspective from outside our industry on product we use, but this one just doesn’t seem to be on the right track. Needless to say, I’m sticking with my old pack over the Bumper Issue.

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