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Old 03-18-15, 03:00 PM
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Camelbak or any hydration pack recommendation

Looking to shop for a new Hydration pack, right now i have an old Camelbak 70oz over 10 years old, bladder is all moldy and case is torn

suggestions for a new one, is camelpak brand still recommended

anyone else use the other brands?
looking at least 2 L / 70 oz one, maybe a bit higher

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Zefal is available at Walmart for less than $30. It has some storage and holds 2L, very comfortable.
I'm not shelling out $50+ for a Camelbak.
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I like packs with a horizontal bladder by your belt line. 2 or 3 liters is a lot of weight, and I like to carry it as low as possible.

I'm currently using a Camelbak Charge LR. It's not a cheap pack but there are more expensive. You can find hydration packs on sale once or twice a year, and save 30-60%.
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I've had bad luck with a couple of Camelbacks starting to leak part way through a ride. Kind of sucks to be thirsty and have a wet butt. I'll me shopping for a new one soon.
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I like packs with a horizontal bladder by your belt line. 2 or 3 liters is a lot of weight, and I like to carry it as low as possible.

I'm currently using a Camelbak Charge LR. It's not a cheap pack but there are more expensive. You can find hydration packs on sale once or twice a year, and save 30-60%.
That's my preference too; although I was unaware of the Charge - - interesting.

I got a Camelbak Tahoe to replace an aging Flash-Flo last year. It's a hip pack that's actually made for SUPing but I like the storage configuration. Of course I also have a Dakine Drafter for serious enduro-racing/long-ride duties; but it's overkill for the majority of my riding.
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I carry a lot of crap in my Charge LR, some of it I've never used, but I still carry it 'just in case'.

energy gel and/or stinger waffle (these get used - at least once a month I'll ride harder than I thought I would, and need fuel)
high-volume portable pump
spare tube
park tool tire boot
stick-on patch kit (I'm tubeless, so yes, please laugh at this level of redundancy )
5 park tool flat wrenches (for BMX-style axles)
topeak multi-tool

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micro first aid kit - I put this in my pack after a guy had a bleeder, which we fixed by tying a jersey as a bandage, and of course I've not seen substantial blood on the trail in 2 years since then.

oh, also if I'm dialing in any changes in suspension, I carry my shock pump as well. that's maybe 1-2 times per year.
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Check camelback in nashbar.com. You will save upto 50 off. Look for when they do another 20 percent off.

CamelBak Blowfish 70oz Hydration Pack
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Tested: Camelbak Volt LR Hydration Pack Mountain Flyer Magazine

I've said it once and I'll say it again,,,
This pack rides low, The water bladder sits at the bottom for a lower c.g.
It doesn't move on me,
Holds more stuff than you actually need.
Its a perfect all day pack IMO
Carries 100OZ of fluids and I add a 32oz bottle of gatorade In the summer, the pack has a place for this...
I have bounced off tree's pack first,
slid down hills and torn nothing so far,,

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dminor - yes, i'd carry the same gear ... in my photoshop app

op - definitely get a camelback (or similar) with a waist strap ... i didn't and my camelback flops around stupidly anytime me and the bike leaves the ground ... ugh
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