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Rated1out of5byc2summitfromLEAKSI've gone through 3 of these now and ended up switching to a Platypus (which I'm very happy with) due to leaks at the filler cap and the hose connection. It might be ok if you have only the reservoir in a small pack, but using it in filled backpack (only 30 lbs with water incl.) leads to soggy gear every time. I can't believe they'd put a product out like this. It is meant for backpacking right? Even more frustrating, CamelBak has been aware of the issue for a couple of years now (since this design was available to the public) and has done nothing to correct it! Just look at the negative reviews online (like I should have done PRIOR to buying it), they all refer to leaks. The only positive is that it sits flatter in the pack to make more room (for bear canister, etc.) and is more stable. Maybe they'll get it right in the next re-design 5 years from now.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated5out of5byPrestigiousTurtlefromI'm a changed manI used to swear by Nalgenes and water bottles, but after using this once, I'm a convert. I was out for 2 days in Big Bend National Park and was glad to have the 3 Liters of water that I could securely store in my hiking backpack. It gives you the ability to drink water without having to take your pack off and get your water bottle. I could just sip from the straw at my convenience.
Between hikes in the car it's nice to put the pouch close to the driver so they can just sip from the straw at their convenience instead of trying to open water bottles.
I thought a sack of water would be harder to handle and I would spill a lot, but had no problems.
I haven't used any water pills or flavoring in the pouch, I'm not sure how the material will absorb the flavors. I'm just going to try to avoid it for now.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated5out of5byCountryfromCamelBak Antidote ReservoirThe plastic is high quality so there is no plastic aftertaste.
I have big hands so I made sure I can fit my hand into it to clean it. Easy to clean.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated4out of5bynightworks1fromNo more torpedo!!I recently upgraded to this after using my torpedo-like Camelback 3 L for years...and after watching my husband save serious space in his pack when he bought one. The other design was functional, but this is great, as it spreads out and helps avoid more "dead space" in the pack. The previous model stuck out right in the middle of the pack so I definitely had left/right sides; now it's much flatter and I have more options when arranging my gear. The cap sometimes leaks if the bladder is filled too full. The previous 3 L allowed me to fill it above and beyond without any issues; with this, I can't go too full or water will spill out of the top.
I haven't had any issues with the quick release causing leaks, but after reading some of the reviews, I'm almost obsessive in checking the tubing after putting the bladder back in the pack. If there were a way to make the quick release a little less touchy (without eventually needing a crowbar to open), and maybe have the bag a little wider so it lays flatter, that would be fantastic. I have noticed a faint plastic-y taste if the water stays long (days/weeks) in the bag, but I think that can almost be found anywhere if something is left in there long enough.
I am definitely satisfied with the changes and hope the new design will do well for quite some time. I still need to find something to do with my previously used, still functioning torpedo-back...
Date published: 2013-12-06
Rated5out of5byDaniel the AdventurerfromWorks like a champ!My camelbak has worked for years and I've only ever had one problem. You can't use chia seeds in your water with this because of the auto shutoff valve will clog. Other than that, it has worked great! It has held up better than the other hydration bladders I've used. The platypus never really came clean after I used it, and the plastic would get dirty easily. It seems that it would scratch easier than the camelbak.
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated5out of5byEs JuanfromDoes Black Tea count as an illegal stim?so i tend to buy a lot of bladders because i'm lazy to clean. I really like
1. the ease to dry
2. the detachable hose to clean
one thing this has that's a big improvement over the old bladders is the bisected bladder. this prevents the big saggy feeling and keeps the bladder mostly flat against your back for the majority of the ride.
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated5out of5byLeelee BackpackerfromWhy did I wait so long????I started backpacking this summer and I couldn't buy everything at once. This, however, is one thing I'm darn glad to have instead of multiple water bottles. For me, it carries a day's worth of water.
I would tell any newbie that you won't regret getting it right away. You'll end up getting it eventually, so why not at the beginning???? An REI salesperson showed me how to put this in my backpack.
I've heard nothing but good things about this from all who get them. Someone who experienced a leak told me he actually didn't have it screwed on correctly at first.
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated5out of5bykev2fromFits my Dakine Nomad pack just fineUse this in my Dakine Nomad pack. Works and fits fine. This pack carries a bunch of stuff not just hydration and I love it. Just lost the bladder in a move. I carry it on mountain bike day trips 3 liters is more than enough water always plenty to spare.
Date published: 2013-10-31
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CamelBak Antidote Reservoir - 100 fl. oz. Customer Reviews