Rated4out of5byStumpJumperJefffromUpdate of my prior reviewThe water bottle pockets are still too tight, but after leaving a couple of Nalgene bottles in the pockets for a month, they seemed to loosen up a bit. It is still an effort to get the bottles back in the pockets after removing them for a drink, or to refill, but it can be done without removing the pack. The compression straps also need to be loose, so if you don't have much in the pack, and are using Nalgene sized bottles, the function of the compression straps is lost.
The 32 oz bottles ride well in the pack, once you cram them into the pockets. The 48 oz bottles, not so much. They are a little top heavy.
Overall the Kelty Oriole seems like a quality product, it just didn't quite meet my specific need. I would recommend the pack with the caveat noted above.
Date published: 2013-07-28
Rated3out of5byStumpJumperJefffromNot for Nalgene BottlesMy main reason for purchasing the Oriole was to carry my water filter and a couple of Nalgene bottles. Unfortunately, although well made, the pockets for water bottles are too small to fit Nalgene bottles, unless you really work them to get them in. This negates pulling them out for a drink unless you remove the pack and reverse the process. Would probably work for bicycle type water bottles, but that isn't why I purchased it. Note: Nalgene bottles screw onto my MSR water filter, so bicycle (or other smaller bottles) would not be convenient for me.
Date published: 2013-06-20
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