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The Camelbak HydroBak is the basic pack from Camelbak which consists of a 1.5l bladder and bag to hold it.
Camelbak are one of the leaders in hydration bladders and the 1.5l unit is faultless. A large opening for filling means that even the worst taps do not result in a lot of wasted water, it also means you can get your hand in for any cleaning. The connections between the bladder hose and valve haven't sprung a leak in 4 years of use even though they are reasonably easy to take apart for proper cleaning. The valve works by biting down to open a small hole and sucking through. A lock is included to prevent any unwanted spillage. One handed operation is simple and the right level of torque is required to prevent accidental unlocking without making it too difficult to use.
The bag also has one small pocket which is enough for small items such as cash, asthma pumps, snack bar etc. Extra storage space can be made by sacrificing some of the water. Great for trips which dont require a great deal of gear to be carried.
The only drawback is the lack of chest strap. This bag is designed for sports such as mountain running, biking, snowboarding etc. All of which cause significant movement meaning the straps regularly fall off the shoulders. Camelbak sell a clip on chest strap which solves this problem but in my opinion it should be included as standard.
For around £30 its good value as the bladder itself costs around £20 and if you partake in activities which don't require any gear to be carried in a bag then it could be the perfect bladder pack for you.
I bought one of these primarily for downhill mountain biking, but I have also taken the bladder section only up Mount Kilimanjaro with me. If you are doing any form of exercise where you need to regularly take on water, then a Camelbak is definitely the product for you.
The bladder itself will hold 1.5 litres of water, and is spill proof - there is a large cap which unscrews to open up the bladder. On the end of the hose there is a 2 way valve which has a stop valve to eliminate the risk of spillage. When you want to take a drink you simply put the bite bit into your mouth and suck. It is hard to explain how easy to use these products are.
The bag itself which comes with this Camelbak is only small, but is very lightweight and will hold a wallet, phone, keys, fruit etc and anything else you may need to take with you on a walk or bike ride.
My only slight moan would be that the capacity on this bladder is a bit small - its amazing how quickly you will consume 1.5 litres of water whilst exercising. If I was to biy another one I would get one with a bigger capacity.
Overall the Camelbak products are brilliant and make it very easy to take on board fluids when you need to.
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