Wingnut Assault: First Look

Posted by on Jun 9, 2006 in Uncategorized | No Comments

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.

The Wingnut Assault in red

The bladder is easily refilled while still in the pack

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.

Fuel Belt 10 oz. bottles

7 Comments

  1. Jeff Kerkove
    June 9, 2006

    I love my assault. It’s just the right size….not too big…not too small.

  2. Chris
    June 9, 2006

    I’ve got another pack for the 12 hour but not completely dissimilar. What’s an assault weigh?

    Good info on those fuel belt bottles. I’ve got some of the 7oz versions that I use on occasion.

    -C

  3. Adam Lisonbee
    June 9, 2006

    The assault weighs 12 oz. empty. I have not put it on the scale fully loaded.

  4. Chris
    June 9, 2006

    Does it have a waist belt and upper chest strap thingy? FWIW mine is 9oz before some light mods.

  5. Adam Lisonbee
    June 9, 2006

    Yeah, it has a waist belt and chest strap.

  6. Dicky
    June 10, 2006

    Are you using the waist strap? Kerkove cut his off and he knows everything.:)
    Do your shoulder straps lay flat on your chest? Mine fit a little poochy, but Scott insisted that I didn’t need the small straps. I am convinced on the back country 100’s this thing will rock. I still may go with bottles at the Slumberstack. We pass a pit area every 8 & 17 miles. That’s a lot of chances for a handup and very little weight to carry around.

  7. Chris
    June 10, 2006

    My packs are far too bouncy when I catch some air without a waist strap. I was thinking of trying to ditch the buckles to lose weight but I’m becoming convinced it’s weight well worth it.

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