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I do a lot of walking in the fells and a friend of mine had a rehydration system and I just had to get one. This is a special type of bag (known as a bladder) that has a long tube running from it. You fill the bladder with water, put it in your back pack with the tube sticking out. Then whenever you need a drink you bite the end of the tube to release the water, soon as you stop biting the water stops.
They are useful for lots of different sports, walking, running, cycling, etc. It means no more having to stop and search about in your bag or bike frame when you want a drink making rehydration much more accessible. I find it a better way of hydrating too as I find when I was using water bottles, because I did not want to keep stopping to get it, I would go long periods without a drink, because the camelbak is accessible I take sips regularly and no longer dehydrate.
I like to add isotonic tablets to the water I put in the camelbak for my body to absorb the water better.
I have the 2 litre version which I find is plenty for me when I am walking for up to six hours. Because of its shape it fits nicely into your backpack and doesn't stick into your back.
The Omega reservoir is constructed with Hydroguard Anti-Microbal Technology that is supposed to eliminate 99.9% of all bacteria.
It has a nice big screw top so its very easy to fill, it also allows you to get ure hand into the bladder so you can give it a really good clean.
I paid approx £20 for my 2 litre one. However you can also purchase different sizes of 1.5l and 3l.
There is nothing more frustrating than having to wrestle with your bag in search of your drink-bottle when you most need to have a drink during your activity. The Camelbak Omega Reservoir solves this problem and provides the most easy of access to your drink, placing it just on your shoulder ready for consumption whenever required.
Camelbak have designed this newest bladder to the highest quality. It comes with a fantastic performance test behind the manufacture with Camelbak driving a truck over the bladder without it breaking. The Omega Reservoir really is built to the highest quality and will only set you back a relatively small amount. Value for money, there are few hydration systems on the market which can come close to rivaling the Omega.
I used this bladder when I cycled 4000 miles across the USA and have nothing but praise for it. The large screw-tight entry prevents any leakage and is large enough to make filling the bladder really simple, with no mess. To add to this, the large screw cap makes cleaning the bladder much easier. My former bladder became grimy and was very difficult to clean. Camelbak also manufacture a 'hanger' which I would suggest was the best way to dry the bladder out, and thus prevent grime, when it is not being used.
Whether you need a hydration system for walking, cycling, running, canoeing or pretty much anything else, the Camelbak Omega Reservoir is ideal for giving you a simple and efficient supply which you know you can rely on. It's large bite valve means water can be in your mouth with just a few movements and you can save your energy for your activity of choice, without even having to stop what you are doing.
I can almost guarantee that you will only be satisfied with this product. There is nothing to say against it.
To be perfectly honest, until a few months ago I didn't even know what a Camelbak Omega Reservoir was, let alone think I would be reviewing one. For those of you who are in the dark, like I was, it is a hydration pack used by, amongst others, walkers and cyclists. In layman's terms, it is basically a long rubber bag which you fill with water, hang on your back and then put a long drinking tube that comes from the bag (or reservoir) over your shoulder.. This means when you want a drink there is no need to stop walking or cycling, simply bite on the valve at the end of the tube and the water flows into you mouth. It features a cut-off valve so that when not in use, it restricts the flow of water. Simple really!
The fact that you have a hands free method of accessing water when you need it, especially when you are on a long walk, really is a bonus. I am attempting the West Highland Way later in the year, a distance of just under 100 miles, so I really want to conserve whatever energy I can for walking!
The bag can be bought in various sizes depending on what you are going to use it for and how much water you need to carry. The one I have holds 2 litres (or 70 fluid ozs) but they range from 50 - 100 fluid ozs. The manufacturer claims that the bag can eliminate up to 99% of bacteria and fungus due to new antimicrobial technology. However, how you are supposed prove this claim is, as yet, beyond me.
The bag, or bladder as it is sometimes called, is made of a special rubber that keeps your water colder that it would be if you had it in a bottle. This is advantageous is you are out on the hills for hours as there is nothing worse than drinking lukewarm water. There is a large opening at one end (large enough to get your hand in) and this means you can fill it quickly. It also means that it is easy to clean or dry off the interior. This is essential if you don't want to eventually have a stale taste in the bladder that you sometimes get when you use the same water bottle for a long time. The bag does come with a taste free liner but I have decided not to take any chances and clean and dry it out after every use!
The Camelbak makes it simple to carry enough water for the day and since the mouthpiece is always readily to hand it makes it easy to stay properly hydrated without continually stopping to unpack a bottle and take a drink. The one I have cost approximately £19 but obviously the price is dependent on the size you buy.
For me, one of the main advantages over a normal water bottle, is the fact that the bag is flexible and moulds to your body, therefore it does not dig into your back the way a bottle sometimes can.
I can certainly recommend it.