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Fox Oasis Pack

Return to main story [nggallery id=171] Fox Oasis Pack MSRP: $79.99 Fluid Capacity: 68oz/2L Cargo Capacity: N/A Colors Available: Black (tested) Weight: 1lb 12oz Available: Now Helmet compatible? Yes, the cinch-down straps on top are specifically designed to house their Flux…

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Fox Oasis Pack
MSRP
: $79.99
Fluid Capacity: 68oz/2L
Cargo Capacity: N/A
Colors Available: Black (tested)
Weight: 1lb 12oz
Available: Now

Helmet compatible? Yes, the cinch-down straps on top are specifically designed to house their Flux helmet, so any XC helmet will fit fine. Full-face helmets surprisingly don’t fit very snugly on the Oasis, but it is definitely doable.

Media pocket? Yes, fleece-lined pocket with headphone port.

Pros: Fox uses a Hydrapak reservoir, which includes the quick-release hose and wide-mouth opening for easy filling and cleaning. The locking bite valve works well, too, and seems extremely unlikely to get bumped open when in the locked position.

The Oasis has a pleasantly large and simple main compartment with only three smaller internal pockets. The fleece-lined media pocket is great for phones or sunglasses, too, yet isn’t so big that said fragile items will bounce around too much. The elastic draw cord on the bottom of the pack holds arm pads or lighter knee/shin pads well. The cord was a bit tight to fully encircle some of my burlier knee/shin pads, but with the combination of Velcro straps on the pads and the cord itself, it wasn’t an issue to affix them.

Shoulder straps are adjustable enough to accommodate longer torsos, yet have the ability to cinch down quite nicely for smaller riders, too.

Cons: Though the reservoir is in its own compartment, the point of contact where it hangs affects the zipper to the main storage compartment, causing poor zipper action. Our zipper didn’t have any actual failure issues, but it seems like a potential spot for damage to either the zipper or surrounding material.

Being a Fox pack, I really expected it to house a full-face helmet extremely well, especially with the helmet-specific retention system. But while XC and skate-style helmets fit nicely, I never could get a truly snug fit around my full-face helmet.

There aren’t any compression straps, so short of running it completely full, any loads with enough girth to slosh around will do so. Speaking of missing things, there isn’t a stitch of reflective material, so bring a tail light if you think you’ll need it.

Seems like they could’ve easily put in a 100-ounce/3-liter reservoir, and I’d rather have the option of bringing too much water than not enough.

Bottom line: As the least-expensive pack of this bunch, it seems like a good, user-friendly pack with more than enough room for what you need. The quality is a bit lack-luster, but it’s also light enough to not weigh you down. The zipper issue makes me a bit nervous for long-term durability, and I do like the option to cinch down loads with compression straps, so chances are this pack won’t trump my old pack.

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