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CamelBak Palos 4 LR Hydration Waist
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- Crux delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for easy refilling and an on/off lever to prevent leaks.
- Magnetic Tube Trap™ keeps your tube secure and accessible when you need it
- Stabilizing load-bearing hip belts with cargo optimizes a custom fit and keeps essentials close at hand
- Integrated tool roll to keep your repair kit organized
- Dual reservoir compression straps cinch the reservoir into the small of your back for a tight, stable fit
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The Palos 4 is the industry’s first reservoir-based waist pack designed specifically for mountain biking. It’s the ideal option for hard-charging riders who need more than a water bottle, but who don’t want to carry a full backpack. As part of our Low Rider MTB collection, the Palos keeps your water and cargo centered around your waist, leaving your shoulders and back free. As a result, you’ll have a lower center of gravity and more mobility on the trail—plus, no more sweaty back and sore shoulders at the end of the day. The Palos also includes a 1.5-liter reservoir, storage for keys and a phone, an integrated tool roll to keep you prepped for last-minute repairs, and overflow storage that lets you fasten soft armor to the outside of the pack.
Color: Atomic Blue/Sulfur Springs
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Takes a few rides to get a feel for how to adjust the hip straps for your taste. Personally, I ride with the strap around my belly button (just above my shorts), and with the pack hanging a bit lower. No bounce or movement for me climbing or descending. I will since the bladder straps once in a while to pull everything tight.
A few changes:
1. I have velcro so I chose to cut off the velcro that keeps the tool pouch from flopping out the sides. In its place, I zip tied some washer magnets into the mesh. Clean and simple
2. I don't care for the elastic strap guides CamelBak always provides. These stretch over time and become more hassle than they're worth. Cut them off and just tuck away the ends of the straps
3. Hydration hose was way too long and the excess bouncing during a ride would actually overcome the magnet clip that retains the mouthpiece to the pack. I measured how much hose is actually needed and trimmed off a section
4. Doesn't fit an iphone6 or samsung s6 well in it's side pockets so I usually just don't bring a phone if I'm with others.
What I bring:
1. small first aid pack with butterfly closures and zip ties
2. bundled common allen keys with T25
3. chain breaker with masterlink
4. valve cores with core remover
5. 2 2oz stans sealant
6. 2 co2 cartridges with inflator
7. lezyne carbon road pump
8. topeak dxg shock pump
9. usually 1-1.5L water in the hydration bladder
10. snacks and keys in the side pouch
The only reason I would use my shoulder pack again would be for longer rides 20+ miles where I would need more water (no access to streams for sawyer filter) and/or know trail maintenance might be required (where I would bring my silky gomboy).
I have recently started using a fannypack when I saw the CamelBak Palos 4 LR. I read the Amazon reviews, and the problems that it had, out of the package...tags still on, the product has a real design flaw. The waist straps do come loose. To solve that, I sewn some velcro into the waist strap so that when I cinch it closed, the excess strap is velcro'd to the waist to hold it in place. I rarely have to adjust it since it's set in place.
The CamelBak Palos 4 LR is a much bigger pack with a 50oz bladder along with gear pockets and a fold over section that you could tie down elbow/knee pads or a jack/gear you shed. The hose has an awesome design magnet-clip that catches the hose and holds it in place. It has never once came off. It takes a little while to get the muscle memory of returning it to the latch, but the magnet is pretty strong and if you're within an inch...it will grab it.
Based on my experience, its all about finding that spot on your hips/waist where the pack rides and doesn't restrict hip or cut into the belly. Once I found that spot, I barely notice the weight, and it doesn't shift around at all. An occasional bounce on jumps and what not, but it's not even as bad as what hydration backpacks do.
Honestly, with the summer months coming, a single water bottle isn't enough, and this essentially allows me to carry the capacity of additional two large water bottles and keep my back open and free to breath.
Since I have bought this pack and did the velcro mod, I can honestly say that it is a great pack for shorter loops. You can pack all your necessities and carry a good amount of water without feeling it.
It also works exceptionally well for gravel grinding, two bottles in the frame, yielding 100oz load! Not having that weight on the back is a blessing!
I use this for mountain biking and I don't know of a better waist pack, but I was hoping for more from this one.