Thursday, August 9, 2012

Camelbak Hydration Pack Reviews

If you are not fortunate enough to have...

Your personal sherpa carrying all your needs on a long run
I would highly recommend the Camelbak hydration packs!  Unfortunately my Tazer (shown in picture above) cannot always make it on my long runs with me - I'm not looking forward to school starting with soccer games, Lithuanian school, etc packed-weekends.

Kovas and I were super excited when Camelbak sent us three 2012 hydration packs to try out: the Ultra LR, the Marathoner, and the Baja LR.  See Kovas' reviews at Midwest Multisport Life.

picture courtesy of MML

The Ultra LR Vest features a 2L Antidote Lumbar Reservoir with Quick Link™ System, 1/4 turn - easy open/close cap, lightweight fillport, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, PureFlow™ tube, and an easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening.  It also has adjustable hook and loop fasteners for the shoulder straps to fit different sized torsos (ideal if shared between two different sized individuals) and waist belt with additional pockets.  A whistle and reflective accents add nice safety touches.  The lumbar reservoir keeps the water weight low and your shoulders free to move. Of the two pack designs, I prefer the waist belt design - which helps keep the pack more securely in place for me.

Camelbak Ultra LR vest
The Marathoner  is a typical running hydration pack with some extra nice features: 1/4 turn - easy open/close reservoir cap, a lightweight fillport, dryer arms, center baffling and low-profile design, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, PureFlow™ tube, and an easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening.  Similar to the Ultra LR, the adjustable shoulder harness makes this a versatile pack for our family and the multiple chest straps keep it snug to minimize movement.

Camelbak Marathoner
The Baja LR  is a Stand Up Paddleboarding hydration vest.  It is made of quick-drying material and has similar features as the Ultra LR - the Antidote Lumbar Reservoir with Quick Link™ System and the waist belt which keeps your shoulders free when paddling.  The belt provides easy storage and a paddle holster. For safety, it has an attached whistle and is designed to carry an inflatable PFD.  Great vest for a day of fun on the water!

Testing the Baja LR on the Galien River

So if you don't have someone to schlep your things (or even if you do), I'm sure one of the Camelbaks would be perfect for you!

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(Disclaimer: I was sent these products for free to review on my blog - courtesy of Camelbak, via Double Forte. I did not pay for the items, receive payment for this review, or agree to give them a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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  1. I really love the bite valve of the Camelbak...... They've got the best as far as I'm concerned.

    However, I prefer the Nathan Intensity vest. The fit is incredible.

    I put the Camelbak bladder into the Nathan vest and all is well!

  2. They can be so comfortable, especially with the adjustability. I agree that the ones with waist belts feel more secure and have more functionality.

  3. I like the way the vest one looks on you. Some of them look kind of dorky, and I know it isn't about how you look, but... :) I really like packs with waist belts. Much easier to access the extras you carry.

  4. Thanks for this review! Allan wants one of these but I honestly didn't know a lot of the differences until reading this.

  5. Camelbak didn't get much reviewing for their money! Nothing here I couldn't have read from the product description. Did you go running in them? This is a women's gear blog, so how would they fit on a women with larger breasts, is chaffing a problem anywhere, can you adjust the position of the chests straps higher or lower,how does the weight of the water feel on your hips? does the water slosh around, how about some useful info please?


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