The Brown Santa brougt me a Wingnut Assault today. The pack is just what I hoped. The small, low profile design sits flat against the back and is hardly noticed while riding. I loaded it up with 50 oz. of water, a 29er tube, a multi-tool and a CO2 cartridge, and hit the trails for 2.5 hours.
This will be my pack of choice for the upcoming E12. The bladder looks like it can be easily and quickly refilled. The pack is small enough that side pockets on the jersey are still usable. The Assault has the same mesh straps, complete with flask pouch and whistle, as the other Wingnut packs. The back of the pack is also mesh, which makes for lighter weight, and more air flow.
The Assault will be a superb lap and supported hundie race pack. I am looking forward to using it more over the next few weeks as I get everything dialed in for the 24th.
On a side note, I also tried out these Fuel Belt bottles today. They are 10 oz. bottles that fit easily in a jersey pocket. There are also 7 oz. versions available. These are perfect for carrying along some extra liquids, whithout the hassle of dirty frame mounted bottles. Yeah, I am on a crusade against dirty frame mounted bottles 😉 They also fit well in the wingpockets on the Hyper 2.5. Thanks to Dave from Driggs for tipping me off on these.