Outdoor Products Nautilus


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Posted by Nate Mower on March 28, 2003:

Pack Type: Internal Frame
Make and Model: Outdoor Products Nautilus
Capacity (cubic inches): 750
Review: I bought this hydration pack on sale at Wal-Mart for 20$. The zippers are plastic and the stiching is light. I can't tell what kind of material its made of but its not cordura or rip-stop or the real nice stuff. Despite the somewhat weaker construction, for what it was intended to do, I doubt this will be a problem. There is not enough room to carry loads that would wear it out. There is plenty of pockets and lots of room to carry small loads. There is a nice expandable mesh pocket on the front and a small organization pocket. The main compartment is around 4 inches wide and mabey 15 inches deep. Its perfect for hauling light loads. I bought it to accomplish what a fanny pack would do(I don't really like fanny packs). Beware of the hydration bladder that comes with it. On mine, water leaked underneath the tube where the tube slides onto the plastic component that attaches to the bladder. I wrapped a piece of duct tape around the component to increase it's diameter and put the tube back on and set some text books on it for a couple hours and it didn't leak. I have another Platypus bladder anyway that I Know I can trust. I would recomend trusting a Platypus or Camelbak bladder and using the Outdoor Products one as a backup or an extra. I also wrapped some extra elastic cord around it so I could lash things on the outside of it. Also with a couple carabiners and some imagination you can attach it to a day pack or a backpack for some extra room. The pack itself performs the jobs I need it to at a price that a student on a budget can afford. Its also extremely available(Wal-Marts are everywhere).



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