CamelBak Charge LR Water Carrier

3.6/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $110.00

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Product Description

Camelbak's super-light Charge LR Hydration Pack is designed to stay out of your way while carrying everything you need on short-to-medium-length trail rides.Ultra-light Mesh Independent Suspension ensures a comfortable fit without any excess bulkBike tool organizer pocket makes trailside repairs as quick as possibleMinimalistic design and lightweight materials for streamlined performance

CamelBak Charge LR Pro Review

The CamelBak Charge LR is an incredibly comfortable, light and conformable hydration pack, which features their lumbar Antidote reservoir, which is situated at the bottom of the pack. The design places the water lower on hips and back for stability and comfort. The pack becomes part of your back, at least figuratively, as it conforms to the shape and oddities of your body, and it doesn’t bounce around much, especially compared to conventional designs. Continue reading →

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tuckerbretton a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2014

Strengths:    * LR design - the lower back pain I had riding with a different/traditional design (water bladder carried along length of spine) is gone
* Quick-release port - I can chill the bladder / fill it independent of the rest of the pack & easily install it
* pocket design - the hip pockets are great! Very accessible for multitool/GU on one side, cell phone on other. Makes it easy to do simple trail adjustments/grab a snack/check texts & messages without taking the whole pack off
* chest strap & waist strap keep the pack secure even in rough terrain/steep drops
* being able to lockdown the hose to prevent leaks is great (who hasn't had something shift & land on the bite valve, causing their Camelback to leak out into their car on the way to the trailhead?)
* light weight
* 70oz seems sufficient for 3hr trail ride

Weaknesses:    Not a weakness, but a consideration:
* if you're going longer than 3hr, think about a 100oz bladder bag, carrying a water bottle, or planning to fill-up
* back sweat. big time.

Bottom Line:   
I've only owned 2 packs my whole life, and stepping up from my 10year old, 100oz. Camelback MULE to this one was a HUGE improvement (see the aforementioned strengths). Alternately, for short rides, I would just take a bottle and stuff my pump & cell phone in my pockets, which would bounce around and be generally annoying. Getting this pack has really improved trail riding for me (and the sky-blue color I got looks a lot cooler than the example shown here).

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Duration Product Used:   3 weeks

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Bike Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   Camelback MULE. Tried & true bottles and pockets.

Bike Setup:   29er hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2013

Strengths:    Places weight near to your hips.
Lowers your centre of gravity.

Weaknesses:    It is not designed to be continually knocked about.
The bladder is awkward to fit when filled.

Bottom Line:   
the lower the centre of gravity on a given mass the greater the stability....thus the idea of taking weight off the shoulders is excellent. This system works well. It does have its caveats but on balance is a good design. It should be less expensive.

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Favorite Trail:   Coed-y-brenin

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Mule, Octane, Mule, Flow, and countless others.

Bike Setup:   Commencal Meta 55

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by GC

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2013

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Interrupted water flow
Awkwardly placed tube clamp
Covers large area of back so lots of sweat
Difficult to get full bladder in pack
Difficult to dry bladder

Bottom Line:   
Camelbak makes really light hydration packs, but their more recent designs are not well executed. This pack is light, but takes up a large surface area of your back so it is really hot. The tube either flops around and hits your knee or hits your upper leg if you put it in the sternum clamp. But the absolute worst thing about this pack is the constant interruption of water flow throughout the ride. At times I had to remove the hose from the clamp and push on the bladder with one hand to get water to flow freely. The lumbar design just doesn't work reliably.

Message to Camelbak: Make designs that are as functional as Osprey.
Message to Osprey: Make packs that are light like Camelbak.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bill

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2013

Strengths:    Light weight takes weight off of shoulders.

Weaknesses:    To fill remove bladder, no problem. Putting back in to place with ice and water in the bladder becomes the problem. It doesn't want to go into pack. Two side pockets on lower part should be removed and enable you to place it in bag without the struggle. Metal hanger with a few bends allows you to hang up and try. Waist strap is hard to connect due to location of snap on left hip.

Bottom Line:   
The bag is light . Has a minimum amount of room for storage. Couple of tubes a small pump tire changing levers and a little toilet paper and thats about all the room to carry comfortably.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Craig

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2012

Strengths:    Weight is down lower

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I really like having the weight low, by my hips and not on my shoulders. Really improves my center of gravity and balance. The back stays in place well and has good storage. It even has small pockets on each side that you can get to without taking it off. The only trouble I had was figuring out a way to get the reservoir to air dry when not using it. I used a small vase that will hold it open while drying.

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