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 EMS Big Bang Daypack Gear Review 
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 EMS Big Bang Daypack Gear Review
Hey Everyone,

I had the opportunity to review EMS's Big Bang Daypack. If you have a minute and are interested, checkout my gear review on my blog!

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Karl

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Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:28 pm
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Karl,

FYI My Osprey Talon 22 has an adjustable height chest strap and my wife's EMS Fens does too, so it is not really unique.


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I agree with Tim, all Osprey packs I've seen have it(my whole family and the guy I hike with most all have them), and my six year old Millet pack has it and just checking now my large Mountainsmith pack has it too.

Two questions about it. Does the back thin compartment have a loop to hang a hydration bladder from(pretty important for weight distribution)? And does it have holes to thread a hydration hose out of(not so important)?


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bikehikeskifish wrote:
Karl,

FYI My Osprey Talon 22 has an adjustable height chest strap and my wife's EMS Fens does too, so it is not really unique.


Tim

My LLBean's Bigelow and the kid's Mountain Hardwear Scramblers do as well.

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Thanks for the feedback guys. Honestly, I thought it was unique because the three packs in my house (Kelty, Camelbak and older EMS) all do not have this adjustment. I am glad to hear, however, that packs typically do come with this. It seems like a great adjustment to have. Do you guys find it useful on the trail? Does the chest strap seem to stay where you set it "vertically" or does it self adjust as you move around.

As for the thin pocket, there isn't a hook to hang the bladder on. This would obviously allow gravity to keep the water in the bottom where the tube is. My wife's Camelbak actually doesn't have this loop and hasn't had a problem. It is a smaller pack, so maybe the bladder fits so nicely in the compartment, it isn't needed. There is a movable foam insert that velcros into the thin compartment on the EMS pack. You may be able to use that to push the bladder against on side keeping it upright...I suppose this is why I don't use bladders :). Also, it doesn't have the hose hole. I assumed you could bring it out the top of the zipper opening.

Again, thanks for the feedback guys. It's appreciated!

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ksearl wrote:
Thanks for the feedback guys. Honestly, I thought it was unique because the three packs in my house (Kelty, Camelbak and older EMS) all do not have this adjustment. I am glad to hear, however, that packs typically do come with this. It seems like a great adjustment to have. Do you guys find it useful on the trail? Does the chest strap seem to stay where you set it "vertically" or does it self adjust as you move around.

Stays. No issues. If the kids have issues with theirs, they don't mention them. I normally adjust the straps right when I start hiking, and then about ten minutes into the hike. Not 100% sure as to why, but I do, and I rarely have to adjust any after that.

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The Talon has three "button holes" and the strap itself has a "button" so you can put it permanently at the height you prefer. I.e., it cannot slide around at all.

Likewise, the strap system on my Talon is height-adjustable and then sticks (literally, using Velcro) where you set it - very adjustable.

My wife has never complained about hers sliding, but in reality if you are putting that much tension on the center strap, you're doing something wrong anyway, aren't you? (I recall the sales person at EMS commenting how that is often the first strap people tighten when trying on a pack... and it should be the last.)

Overall I think it is hard to beat the EMS house brand items for value - they don't last quite as long as the premium brands, but they are vastly cheaper. My favorite EMS brand product is my Orion hardshell. It has been nearly bomb-proof, suffering only a small tear after three years of pushing through spruce in the winter...

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