CamelBak updated its tried-and-true Classic Hydration Pack with a host of new features to ensure that you get the hydration you need when you hit the road or the trail. The new Antidote reservoir includes a lightweight, quick-seal cap that can now be filled without having to remove the reservoir from the pack, as well as pleating that allows the 2-liter bladder to maintain a low profile even when full. With an external stash pocket and a bungee that holds an extra layer, you?re set for a 2+-hour adventure.Diamond mesh back panel and lightweight mesh harness allow air to circulate and won?t weigh you downHydroGuard anti-microbial technology inhibits bacterial growth on reservoir and tube surfacesErgo Hydrolock shut-off valve allows you to control water flow and prevents leaksDistance from shoulder to hip belt: 15in (38cm)Reflective tape on back improves your visibility in low light
Works great for what it is. Don't expect to put much in that little pocket. Best to clean: put a drop of dish soap and a little bleach. Shake and rinse several times. Then baking soda and a little vinegar to get rid of the bleach. Rinse a couple more times. No need to dry - just fill it with clean water and call it a day. Don't spend money on camelbak's cleaning solution when 10 cents worth of bleach, soap, baking soda and vinegar can do the trick in the same amount of time.
Someone complained that the tube was too long - you can either cut it or just push the slack back into the bag.
from Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Date Reviewed: March 15, 2009
Strengths: Appears to be a potentially ideal accessory for use described below.
Weaknesses: That's what I'm interested in.
Lots of reviewers have commented about the Camelbak Classic for cyling, but I'm considering it for hydration during winter downshill SKIING. At high altitude in the Rockies, hydration is critical, but it's a pain to hassle with going inside every few runs just to get grab a drink of water. With its low profile and 70 oz. capacity, the Classic seems like it might be ideal for this purpose. The limited space for carrying odds and ends, about which many have written, isn't an issue in this case, since ski jackets typically have plenty of pockets and skiers don't often carry repair tools on the slopes. I've "prerated" the Classic with 5 Chillis, optomistically hoping that it will be a perfect solution for winter sports, but I'd be very interested in learning what others who own the Classic might have to say about the product in that applications. Thanks in advance.
a Weekend Warrior
from spring tx, usa
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2009
Strengths: carries alot of water for me, pretty comfortable,nice bite valve.
Weaknesses: not enough room for tools, got the wrong color(only color jenson had)red.
it has enough room for my necessitates,like my inhaler and cellphone.ill probably get a bigger one and use that one for shorter rides. alot of people want it from me so i guess its got the cool factor.
Bike Setup: customized trek 850, you know , azonic pedals,velo seat ,eagle claw brakes,forte versa trac tires,tektro brakes, doltek cranks , surly single speed parts, ratio of 36-16,ruffian odi grips,
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 19, 2008
Strengths: Bite valve works very well. Bite valve lock is useful when you have the pack sitting on the ground for some reason...water won't come out. Huge bladder mouth makes it easy to clean.
Weaknesses: Not enough storage for what I want. If you go to the Camelbak website and search for a pack based on your cargo/fluid needs though...then you should find one to fit. I can't give this pack a negative review for lack of storage because one should know what they need prior to picking a pack.
I got this as a gift from my wife and has served me well for 2 years. I carry an Ultraflate CO2 inflator with an extra CO2, patches, and either a Specialized EMT Comp or Park IB2 multi-tool.
There is not enough room for a spare tube, but I've been stuffing one inside next to the bladder. Has worked fine with no issues. I have a spare pouch for my cell phone and pager when I'm on-call.
Bottom line is that this is a good pack for someone who doesn't need to carry much. I'm switching to the Dakine Session so I can carry my tool, tire levers, tube, cell, pager when I'm on call, and a bit of food for longer rides.
By the way...who the crap carries "wipes" in their pack??? That's the goofiest thing ever!! You're mountain biking people...you're supposed to get dirty. Take a shower when you're done riding, Mary!!
Slips The pedals
a Cross Country Rider
from Bonney Lake Wa. USA
Date Reviewed: April 29, 2005
Strengths: This pack to me is designed to go on short rides. That is why I got it to do my 1 hour and a bit more rides. For this it is great. It fits fine even without a waist belt. Didn't feel anything out of sorts while riding. I always ride with a pack and have been for the last 4 yrs.
Weaknesses: Due to the cargo room I was hard pressed to fit what I like to take on any ride short or long on the trails. I like to carry a chain tool, mini-pump, spare tube, tire levers, multi-tool, small cell phone(has to be small in size to work here)and wipes. I couldn't fit the pump or tube in it. If I nixed the phone I could put the tube in it. I had to put my seat bag back on to get the spare tube on board and use a frame clamp for the pump. Its all work'n. I could just take a patch kit too instead of a spare tube.
I like the Classic and will continue to use it for the short rides. Water capacity in more than ample for shorter rides..easily covering my hour trail blasts. I would take it for a 2 hr ride as well. How hot the weather is will make a difference on how long the water lasts too. I use my Epic(100 ounce bladder) for everything else. By the way I put a camelbak bladder in the Epic cause I like their bladders best. Anyways I did have to take into account the storage room for me cause I like to have certain things with me all of which I have used, except the phone, one time or another. For the short rides I usually don't pack any eats but I could fit a bar in there or a small bag of raisins which works great for me. I give it a 5 for what it is designed for. If you need more cargo space Camelbak has other models that will suit any riders needs. The Mule is excellent choice as an all arounder.
Similar Products Used: Camelbak Mule and Ultimate Epic...my fav for longer and even any ride cause of how it sits on the back. A big pack that doesn't feel big at all until you take it off and have one of your friends feel how heavy it really is. Great pack lots of storeage.
Bike Setup: 2xc HT's and a dually that is a gnarly(Strong...I weigh 210) trail bike.
a Weekend Warrior
from West Hartford CT, USA
Date Reviewed: October 12, 2004
Strengths: Weight, 70 oz capacity, has pocket and bungee straps.Very inexspensive for a quality product.
Weaknesses: Pocket is a bit small, but you get what you pay for.
Gets the job done without all the gimics and gadgets of a $70+ hydration pack.
Bike Setup: Jamis Dakar with discs, and icon pedals
a Cross Country Rider
from Andover, MA
Date Reviewed: August 24, 2004
Strengths: It dosnt weigh that much i barely notice it on my back. WOrks great. The bungy on the back comes in handy. Its pritty cheap.
Weaknesses: THe pocket is kind of small, you Cant hold alot in it.
THis camel back works great. I dont carry that much so the starage is not a problem. If you need to carry more then essentials they dont buy this. But if you need a hydration system with low starage then buy this.
a Cross Country Rider
from omaha,nebr, USA
Date Reviewed: July 19, 2004
Strengths: Light and compact. An absolute must for anyone heading out for over an hour. I use this every where, from fishing to riding to walking the dogs. Cant even tell your wearing it in the saddle. The small pocket holds minimal gear but I can still fit a co2 inflater, a spare tube and a power bar. I have used the bungee cord for a small towel in the heat and it holds it very secure.
Weaknesses: The small pocket...but you know that ahead of time. If ya need something bigger upgrade to a different model
This pack does everything it is designed for and is irreplacable along on many activities other than cycling. Wouldn't trade mine for the world (except maybe a larger one)....lol Best Wishes
Bike Setup: Specialized S works M4......XTR everything, Geax Arrojo's,
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2004
Strengths: -Keeps water cool -light weight -durable -great size for 2-3 hour rides
This camelback is great. When I go riding i usually ride around 15+ miles in the mountains. This thing is jus the right size for me. 100 oz muel would be too much. I dont need something with lots of storage so this is great. It holds my cell and some tools. If you ride between 2-3 hours and need a good hydration system, this is the one baby. I give it 5 chilis on value because i got it on sale :). And 5 chilis for overall because its just great.
Strengths: Good quality product. Good construction! Keeps water clean and easily assesible. The 90 degree bite valve works good. It has a pocket to hold stuff.
The product is perfect for what it is made for. Its made to carrier 70 ounces of water and ESSENTIALS because the zipper pocket is small. You know that when you buy it so if you want more space get the LOBO or bigger. I can fit my cell, keys, and a power bar it the pocket or a sandwich, and 2 power bars. I can't complain about the small pocket because I knew it was small when I bought it. Make sure to suck all the air out of the water sack and it will give you more space in the pocket. I think it works great for what I need. I give mine 5 chilis for value becuase I got a good deal on mine when I bought my bike.
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