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Nathan Intensity vs. Synergy packs

OakLeaf2010-12-11 22:04:33 +0000 #1
Can anyone comment on the comparative fit of these packs?

I adore my Intensity pack, but I'm going to need a bit more capacity, since where I'm running now, there's only one route that takes me by a place I can refill, and I don't want to have to run the same route every time. (As for doing loops, ugh. )

ETA: Alternately, the Ultimate Direction Diablo, which looks similar?
yellow2010-12-11 22:17:57 +0000 #2
I have the Synergy and am quite fond of it. You can cinch it pretty tight if you don't have a lot in there and the straps can be tucked into the side pockets so they don't flap around. I like the angled side pockets for my cameras and the front pocket is a bit bigger than the Intensity, which is nice for things like endurolytes, lip balm, miscellaneous carbohydrates, etc (I use the mesh pocket on the rt side for my flask).

The fit is slightly different in that the straps are more strap like as opposed to the vest like straps on the Intensity. But I've not had any issues with it--still fits way better than any other pack that I've tried to run in (Osprey, Inov-8, Camelback...all inferior IMO). It's really quite functional; I don't think you'd be disappointed.

I found myself swearing at my Camelback mtn bike pack last week and wishing it was more like the Synergy.

The Nathan folks have it figured out, for sure.
OakLeaf2010-12-11 22:18:36 +0000 #3
Yellow! Good to see you. How's your back coming along?

(Must be pretty good if you're mountain biking with a Camelbak eh? )

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to be at the LRS this afternoon - they carry Ultimate Direction, and I'm going to try on one of those, but if it doesn't feel right, I'll go with the Synergy pack.
yellow2010-12-11 23:00:13 +0000 #4
Oak, thanks for asking...it is going well. I'm still only able to tolerate about 1 hour on the bike (either kind, road or mtn, doesn't seem to matter) and really have only ridden the mtn bike on dirt-roady kind of things. I keep telling myself that I need to ride more to build my tolerance but it's just not fun once it starts to hurt. Still getting a little numbness when I ride, too. Next FU with the surgeon is in about 1.5 weeks so we'll see what he says. But for the most part I am progressing well and just need to continue to operate in weenie mode for a a while (probably the rest of this year). I am just so happy to be mostly pain free and to feel my leg again.

That said, I am running and run/hiking and enjoying the slower pace that I am allowing myself to take. Running does not bother me in any way. I am signed up for a race in September, but I suspect a lot of it will be hiking (not sure I could run most of it even if I were whole given the altitude...the pass is over 13000' msl ).

Back OT, the Outdoor Retailer show is this weekend so I am going to try to sneak in and see what Nathan has in store for us next spring!
Catrin2010-12-11 22:33:22 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by OakLeaf

Can anyone comment on the comparative fit of these packs?

I adore my Intensity pack, but I'm going to need a bit more capacity, since where I'm running now, there's only one route that takes me by a place I can refill, and I don't want to have to run the same route every time. (As for doing loops, ugh. )

ETA: Alternately, the Ultimate Direction Diablo, which looks similar?

Sorry for the hijack, but it seemed silly to start another thread...

I am considering a large Camelbak - I have a 50 ounce right now and where I typically do my long rides there are few, if any, places to get a refill. How would you compare the Nathan hydration packs to Camelbak in general? I do like having storage - which is nice about my Camelbak Aurora. One of these days I will have storage on my bike so it won't be as important, but for now it is.

/end hijack

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