CamelBak 2016 Classic Hydration Pack
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- Shoulder strap length: 34"
- Handle has a drop of 1.75" and length of 4"
- Exterior zipper pocket
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|Capacity Name||one size|
|Fit to Size Description||chest|
|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 7.5 x 15 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.9 pounds|
The quintessential bike hydration pack with the convenience of external fill via the quick-release flap on the front of the pack. Holds the industry-leading 2L Antidote reservoir. One small zip pocket on front holds keys and other essentials.
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First, I have to say that a Camelbak is much better than a water bottle. Not only does this leave your hands free, but the weight of all that water is distributed evenly across your shoulders and central to your spine, so what would be exhausting after several hours in your hand, or attached lopsided in a backpack, is now completely negligible. Second, the hose is perfect, because now there's no more stopping, taking the backpack off, unzipping it, digging around, pulling out a bottle, unscrewing a lid, drinking too much, spilling some, then reversing the actions. Especially when it comes to hiking on a narrow trail on the side of a mountain, these type of actions can actually be dangerous. The end of the hose is a bite-and-slurp type of valve, which, contrary to what I expected, is pretty easy and intuitive to use (as compared to a water bottle I used before that was of a bite-and-slurp idea and just didn't work). A gentle bite with your incisors is enough to pinch open the "clasp" on the valve, and the water all but comes out on its own. This means less waste, and you can regulate how much water you drink (keeps you from gulping big mouthfuls then getting sick, or spilling it).
The pack itself is also very nice. The straps are wide and have mesh at the top, so there's no biting, the weight is smoothly distributed, and your shoulders and back doesn't get swampy. The bladder for water can be removed from the pack for cleaning, and an extra-wide cap allows for easy filling. The cap attaches with a limited track design, with clear marks on how to line up and lock the cap securely for no leaking.
A few minor cons: first, this is a minimalist design, pretty much made to just carry the bladder, and maybe your keys or a wallet, or other small, easily lost items (there's a small pocket below the cover-flap for the bladder). However, Camelbak does make a LOT of other all-in-one backpacks, so that's hardly a problem, and this model is clearly designed for those NOT hiking cross-country. Second, the bladder is not easy to dry ... there's some fold out arms that are supposed to help with this, but there were no instructions included for this, and I cannot for the life of me figure out how they're supposed to help with keeping the bladder open to dry. Finally, 2 liters is likely more than enough water for one person of any weight. However, we were splitting this across two people. Now, to be fair ... you have to drink extra water when hiking AND when at higher elevations, so that likely exacerbated how much water we needed. Still, my suggestion would be to not split this between two people; we brought bottles of water as a back-up, and that was good, but then that kind of defeats the purpose of having this :/
Highly recommended for any high activity use where you need a lot of water to be readily available at any time, but can't spare the time or motions to get a water bottle out.