“ 2.1 Litre Aeroform Reservoir. Easy to refill. „
I get involved in many activities in which I need to keep hydrated, whether its running or other fitness, to me being deployed to the harsh conditions of Afghanistan due to my job. Now carrying bottles of water can be frustrating and sometimes impossible, this is where started using the Camelbak Zoid.
I was issued this just before I was deployed into the desert, so I was happy for being given this great bit of kit for free.
The CamelBak is basically a drink container, carrying approximately 2 litres of water inside a small version of a back pack. A small rubber tube leads from the main compartment, this is the piece you drink out of and can be easily opened and closed, this is also keeps the drinking cap clean.
Any drink can be used, but the system is a lot better off with cold drinks. The drink container is very strong, to prevent leakage as well as damage to the sack.
The CamelBak Zoid is slung on over your shoulder like a day sack. Its very comfortable, with minimum rubbing even when running. The slim line design makes it possible for under clothing, or as I do, inside a larger day sack with the rest of my kit. The front of the Camelbak holds a zipped compartment, for storing other small valuables such as batteries, Ipods and any other bit of small kit.
The sack is very easy to clean, just fill with hot soapy water and squeeze the tube to rinse that out, then give the whole system a quick rinse and preferably leave it to dry.
I would recommend anyone to purchase this item as its very cheap for what it does. The average cost for it is about £40 give or take a few. Its come in great use for me and I think it will to you too.
Thanks for reading and I hope this helps
Since taking up Snowboarding a few years ago I have picked up various bits of kit that have helped me to enjoy the sport a little more. Of course some of these bits of equipment have been more useful than others and perhaps the most useful of the lot, other than the Board and Boots would be the Camelbak Zoid. The Zoid is a hydration pack ideal for outdoor sports to carry a drink with you without the need for a separate backpack to carry bottles of drink with you.
I managed to obtain my Camelbak free of charge thanks to my subscription to the Daily Mail's Snowboard magazine. The principle of the Zoid is quite simple, it's a 2.1 litre drinks container, enclosed within a backpack. The pack itself is quite lightweight and also has a section at the front for storing your Maps, I pods or any other bits and pieces, again negating the need for a separate backpack. From the main compartment of the Zoid there is a drinking tube which can be closed and opened easily. I have to admit that had it not arrived as a freebie I may not have considered buying one, however now that I've got it I can't recommend it highly enough.
The principle of the Zoid is a backpack built around a 2.1 litre aeroform reservoir. The difference between the Zoid and carrying drinks in a normal backpack is that this is quite slim lined and can be worn underneath a jacket. The aeroform reservoir is suitable for all kinds of drink from water and Orange Juice to Tea or Soup, depending on what you want to take with you. The drink container and drinking tube are both insulated to hold in the heat of the drink and also ensure that it doesn't freeze.
Obviously this makes the Camelbak Zoid ideal for Winter Sports, however this isn't it's only use and I've found it quite helpful for a couple of other sports. It lends itself to being a multiuse pack that also comes in handy for Running, Cycling and Hiking. As with Winter Sports it's just as important to have an easy way to carry your drinks with you when you go out. The fact it's suitable for both warm and cold drinks makes it very useful and it works incredibly well.
The only real complaint I have with the Zoid is the fillport on the top. While it is easy to access the size of the fillport isn't ideal and you can only really fill the Zoid to capacity if it is lying flat on a work surface. This means you have to physically lift the front of the Zoid in order to fill it to its maximum capacity. This is a pretty small problem in comparison to the actual benefit of using the Zoid and one that certainly doesn't impact on its overall effectiveness.
Overall I've found the Camelbak Zoid to be a very useful piece of kit. Of course I could just be saying that because I got it for free rather than paying £37 for it. They are relatively easy to clean and simply need rinsing out and a small amount of water to wash the drinking tube. I'm certainly very pleased with mine and know a couple of other people who have camelbak products and have similarly positive things to say about them. If your a Winter Sports nut or prefer Running, Hiking or Cycling then the Camelbak Zoid could be a very useful piece of kit for you.
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