From a personal point of view I hate carrying anything on my back, so I wouldn't do it, but if you dont mind carrying the Camelback, then I don't see why it shouldn't work.
However I think that it is probably easier to get a cafe to fill your water bottles than it is to get them to fill your Camelback.
peter andrew wrote:
I sometimes use one.
A downside not mentioned is the fatc that the fluid in the tube gets warm if its a hot day you get a mouth full of rather warm whatever you have in the bladder. Not usually pleasant.
Tim Farr wrote:
I can appreciate that if you're crossing a desert - like Jibi did in Australia - then you're going to carry loads of water and a camelback would have a role. But for your average ride in Europe I cannot see the point. A decent touring bike has three bottle cage fixing points and you can always carry even more in your panniers if you feel the need. With shops, and garages for bottled or tap water plentiful I just cannot see the need for reservoir quantities on your back.
And anyway, call me traditional, I was taught 'put your load on the bike not on your back' - that goes for rucksacks and camelbacks. IMO to a great extent extent the modern fad for back packs is a commercial wheeze, and has little to do with real need, practicality and comfort.