Hydrapak Skeleton Older Water Carriers

4/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description

It’s a Hydrapak unplugged. Minimal. Fast. Weightless. Invisible. Goes under or over your jersey. The Skeleton’s low profile design sits flat against the back for better balance and a natural feel. Despite its minimalist nature, the Skeleton has a hidden key clip like all of its roomier kin.
  • Fluid Capacity: 50 fl oz/1,479ml.
  • Bag Capacity: 150 inches 3/2.46 liters

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Adam from Tennessee

    Date Reviewed: January 8, 2003

    Strengths:    Size, Weight, price, looks, and Features. awesome valve! and I havent had any problems with the bladder. the straps are really secure as well. Its really easy to clean you dont have to buy some dorky little brush to clean it.

    Weaknesses:    Getting used to the valve at first. Way different then a camelbak.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you want a small, light, easy to clean hydropack then this is the ticket for you.

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    Favorite Trail:   HawRidge

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   PricePoint.Com

    Similar Products Used:   Camelbaks

    Bike Setup:   '03 Fisher hardtail

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jeff W a Cross Country Rider from Redding

    Date Reviewed: August 7, 2001

    Strengths:    Light
    Sturdy build with the criss/cross webbing on pack. Straps/construction looks sound.
    very comfortable on my back.
    The BEST bite-valve in the industry. You can even turn it completey off! (stops those annoying accidents)

    Weaknesses:    small carrying capacity. Yeah, it's a trade-off. I like the fit/weight for this size. 150 inches is enough for some snacks, even a tool. Would be nice to have some netting/strings on the outside for those times you just don't quite have enough space.
    expensive for 50oz and 150in?

    Bottom Line:   
    I've only had the pack a short while, and no crashes. It does not seem as 'breakable' as the first reviewer describes. I love this pack. It's light to carry around, and gives me enough water for 10-20 mile rides. (I used to always come home with extra, which I ended up hauling around) My Jandd Pack is too bulky and uncomfortable. This pack fits like a glove. I like the simple design. Nice reflector placement too.

    Finally, not to knock CamelBack, but I hate their bite valve! It ALWAYS leaks, drips, etc...and their packs have traditionally been overpriced in my opinion. Yeah, they are the original. Good job! But others have innovated further on their product. This pack is an example. The bite valve is awesome here. The spring loading is just right to let the water gush when you want, and COMPLETELY shut the water off in an instant when not. Then they even provided a lock out feature that prevents the valve from even opening! (when transporting/resting) It's perfect! No more using the camelback bladder and having the bite valve accidentally drench all my backpacking clothes on the drive to the hike!


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    Favorite Trail:   RPM

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   Chain Gang Bicycles, Redding

    Similar Products Used:   Camelback (the original)
    Jandd Designs (clunky but heavy duty/functional)
    Blackburn (one of the originals)

    Bike Setup:   Dual Suspension Jekyll w/Lefty

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Charlie Moody from Vero Beach, Florida

    Date Reviewed: June 25, 2001

    Strengths:    Weight, Fit, Looks, easy to clean. The entire top of the bladder opens. You can fit your hand inside to clean it.

    Weaknesses:    Not very durable. The first month of use, the clear part of the holder ripped. The bladder is cool, but is pretty delicate. I had a pretty good get off and rolled onto my back. This ripped the velcro that closes the bladder totally off, as well as blew open a seam. I replaced the bladder with a Camelbak 50 oz bladder (much more durable).

    Bottom Line:   
    This hydration system is not for the hard core everyday use. The weight weinies will like it (at least on race day), but buy a camelbak product for the durability.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

    Similar Products Used:   Camelbaks (several versions)

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