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I got this pack last summer for dirt biking after finding the Nomad too small (see my review) and so far it has lived up to the task. It's well-built, which makes it a tad on the hefty side, but the weight is worth the ability to survive multiple crashes without failure. At 26 liters, it's bigger than any mountain biking pack I have owned or used, but it might be perfect if you needed, say, a burly pack for MTB touring or all-day winter rides with tons of gear. In the Apex, I can fit a spare dirt bike tube (way bigger than a MTB tube), a tool kit, a bolt kit, an emergency blanket, ski straps, food, sunglasses, a hat, a small first aid kit, 40 feet of 1000lb test static line, carabiners, a rain jacket, and a bunch of other small items. That's all in addition to the full 100oz water reservoir, so when I say it is a big bike pack, I mean it. The reservoir is a Hydrapak Shape-Shift bladder with the quick disconnect hose, and truly a great piece of tech. The center baffle keeps the bladder from barreling, so it stays flatter in the pack, and the top slide-lock closure makes filling and cleaning super simple. The back panel features two firm ridges of vented foam that keep the pack away from your skin so air can circulate; some say it is irritating but I've worn it for 6 hours at a time with 20lbs of gear and never felt uncomfortable. So far, I have absolutely no complaints about this pack. If you're looking for a mountain bike pack, I would honestly recommend a smaller one first (like the Nomad or smaller), unless you know for sure you will be carrying a ton of stuff. But if you do need a big pack, the Apex is a well-made bike pack with tons of space and great features, and it looks like it will last a long time.

A bit big for MTB, but a great moto pack

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When these came out I was itching to get on board, because I use Superfeet in all my shoes and I swear by wool's versatility as a technical fabric. I put them in a brand-new pair of GORE-TEX Danner hikers, thinking that while they might be too warm for summer, they'd be perfect for winter. However, I found out during an 8-mile hike in 65-70 degree weather that these footbeds are comfortable in warmer temperatures too, even with leather uppers and thick hiking socks. They are warm, but not too hot, and they never felt damp or sweaty. In fact they feel strangely (but not unpleasantly) neutral, as though they are insulating you from the ground (they are). The felt top is luxurious, softer than I expected it would be, but not too cushy or at all unsupportive. I wouldn't recommend them for low-volume shoes, as they are pretty thick, and I can't say I'd imagine they'd be as comfortable in really hot or humid climates, but so far they appear to be perfect for my uses. Can't wait for the snow to start falling so I can feel how well they perform in the cold.

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Just my opinion, of course. I originally bought the Nomad to use dirt biking, and found it too small to fit all my gear. The Apex, on the other hand, fits my tool kit (about the size of a travel bath kit), spare tube (way bigger than an MTB tube), pump, first aid/emergency kit, 40ft. of 8mm static line, a waterproof shell, a long-sleeve wool baselayer, food, sunglasses and 100oz. of water. If/when I get a GPS or PLB, it'll fit in there too, no problem. The bladder system is great, thanks to the center divider that keeps it flatter than a straight tubular bladder, and I love the quick-disconnect feature for filling up. While the full pack weighs at least 15lbs, I don't find it uncomfortable on 4-5hr. rides. I suppose if I were on some sort of epic long-distance ride, I might use it for mountain biking, but honestly I can't see myself needing this much room for anything day-to-day. Maybe commuting, if you have a small laptop with its own sleeve. Hard to call too much space a negative feature, though, so five stars it is. I am very pleased with this pack so far, and would recommend it if you need a LOT of room for mountain biking.

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