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OMM Trio Chest pack

Discussion in 'Equipment Questions' started by grayland, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. grayland

    grayland Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    Thanks to posts by +@^^ (the pilgrim formerly know as Tam) and Ria I ordered a Trio chest pack and am very pleased with it. I do not have an OMM pack but had no problems with attaching it to my Gregory pack. It comes with the bits you will need. It is very waterproof. It also has an inside slot for a water bottle which gets it off from your back and easy to access.

    As Ria said, it could be a bit larger as it is only 4l and it is so handy that I seem to want to put more stuff I want to keep handy in it. It rides very easily and can be quickly adjusted up or down to find a comfortable spot. Very smart and easy adjustments.
    It has a quick release on each side so that is quickly unhooked on one side to take off backpack. It is then still attached to the other strap and ready to be put back on with the backpack. No need for it to be separated.

    I really found this to be a great addition to my kit. It provides a simple easy place to keep things you may want while walking without stopping and taking off back pack to find it.

    http://www.petesy.co.uk/omm-exclusive-1 ... est-pouch/

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    Did you find it somewhere in North America? I can only find UK sites. Thanks.
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    grayland Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    I did not find it in North America. I ordered from Johnson Sports in Northern Ireland.
    They will quickly respond to any email question.
    emailto: Sales@Jackson-Sports.com

    It was shipped very quickly and arrived in about 10 days via mail.
    The cost and shipping is as follows:

    1 OMM Trio Chest Pouch - Black
    ID: 18013
    Unit Price: £18.75
    Postage: £4.10 (Royal Mail Airmail)
    THE TOTAL COST OF THE ORDER INCLUDING POSTAGE IS: £22.85 ($36.56)
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    Great! Thanks!

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    hi,
    happy that you seem to be as happy as i was when i got it ;-)
    ria
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    grayland Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    It really is a good addition without adding any weight to the main pack. A great place to carry those things you want handy and to keep a little weight off your back.
    I am pretty happy with it.
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    And just to be clear - you didn't feel your vision downward was obstructed on skeefy trails?
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    I considered buying the chest pack when I first bought the OMM 32L ultra light pack a few years ago. I decided against it because I know from past hikes that I often took the pack off when sitting outside a cafe-bar, going to the loo, in the albergue etc. I prefer to have a waist bag to hold all the important stuff which stays on me at all times. The OMM pouch is not waterproof so protect cameras, papers etc in zip-lock bags.
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    JohnnieWalker Nunca se camina solo

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    Ah, just when I was convinced to try this out Sil says it isn't waterproof :( Has anyone tried a version that is?
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    On no, me too, gosh that was close.......... :lol:

    ......have to look up that kiwi ruck sac again that the husband & wife used for their winter Camino.
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    JohnnieWalker Nunca se camina solo

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    Yes but with swinging arms while using poles are going to be a bit of a nuisance :?:

    David
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    JohnnieWalker Nunca se camina solo

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    I don't use poles so I can't comment.
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    Not sure what Sil saw that gave her that idea.
    Yesterday I walked for about 5 hours (15 miles, 24km) in a heavy continuous rain. The Trio pouch was exposed the entire time and was completely dry. The water beaded and shed off.
    Nothing inside was wet in the least.
    On the other hand...even tho I had a good pack cover on my pack it did manage to get a little damp because of wind blown rain.

    The bottom line...The trio is very waterproof. The "map case" on the chest side is protected by a clear plastic and netting.
    Maybe RIA can offer her experience as to waterproofing.
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    Not at all. It isn't that big. Maybe if you were trying to stare straight down your body..but any other angle is clear.
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    As a further test, I held the Trio under a shower for a period and even held it under water in a basin. I put tissue inside to check for water leaks.

    The bottom line is that it did not leak.. Perfectly dry inside.

    It is very Waterproof. I would hate to see someone not use this nice piece of kit.
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    I can't speak from personal experience of the pouch. When I bought my first OMM Backpack in 2007 I considered buying a Chest Pouch as well. I researched a number of hiking websites and many of them commented that the Chest Pouch was not waterproof. I wrote to OMM to ask if the chest pouch was waterproof and they said no, but it was water-resistant.
    Perhaps they have redesigned the pouch since then and you have got one of the newer models?
    I have just sent a query email asking the same question again. I'll let you all know their reply - when I get one.

    Here are some of the outdoor sites that claimed that the pouch was not waterproof.

    http://www.backpackinglight.co.uk/product256.asp
    Although very useful, it should be mentioned this item isn't waterproof, so do add extra protection for any electronic equipment.

    http://www.lonewalker.walkingplaces.co.uk/diary/?p=233
    The pack takes my camera nicely, with a bit of room to spare for an energy bar and a phone if needed. It’s not waterproof though, so I also have a dry bag folded into the pouch as well. This actually gives the pouch some shape and makes the loading and unloading of the camera a bit easier.

    http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/foru ... 17904&umn=
    Am I the only one that was surprised the pouch isn't waterproof?

    http://v-g.me.uk/GearTech/GearTech-Equi ... TrioRV.htm
    Another important question is water resistance: obviously it isn't waterproof, and with the zip on the top its shower resistance can't be great either. I'll need a dry-bag, one that can be folded or rolled and reside at the bottom of the pouch for quick access.
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    I have had a reply from OMM about the Trio Chest Pouch:

    Allison Helme sales@arkconsultants.co.uk

    Hello,
    Thank you for your email. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you but the person who would normally respond is off poorly.
    The Trio Chest/Map pouch is not waterproof but water resistant, I hope this helps.
    Allison


    This product has had many rave reviews. If anyone is concerned about it keeping cameras, cell phones, documents etc dry, perhaps just include a drybag for those articles.
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    Thanks to Sil for the research.
    Not sure what to make of it as my experience and tests were very positive. No leakage at all.
    The Trio is certainly as water resistant as any other bag I have seen.

    It may be that OMM for liability purposes will not use the "waterproof" label.
    I have no qualms about using it and would always put any electronics in plastic or dry bags in any bag.
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    hi all,
    i did not walk in heavy rain this year, so i can not really tell you. i guess when it is pouring down for a longer period your stuff in the pouch gets wet, but i did not experience that. it is however dryer than my pack (which is an OMM too and made of very thin lightweight fabric, so gets wet quite easily). in case of heavy rain it is very easy to detach the pouch and attach it somewhere to the outside of your pack, under a raincover. but then you don't have a chest pouch in front of you :)
    ria
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    My chest pack sits beneath my poncho when it rains so it doesn't need to be waterproof. I have also made the following modifications to the chest pack:
    Removed the shoelace-type strings that attach chest pack to OMM backpack shoulder straps, the chest pack has buckles on either side to which I attached adjustable webbing straps with a female connector on one and a male on the other, this means they can connect together and be used without the backpack as a shoulder bag or a bum bag. You have to make the connectors on the backpack shoulder straps male and female too so that the chest pack can attach to them.
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    I would personally get an Aarn rucksack & do the job properly & safely...........& will when my other kiwi macpac rucksacks gives up the ghost.........15yrs old already............

    http://aarnpacks.com/products/index.html
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