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Camelbak Alternative?

TCottleTCottle Posts: 65
edited January 2014 in MTB buying advice
Can anyone suggest an alternative to a Camelbak hydration backpack?

Or are they that good!?

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  • CitizenLeeCitizenLee Posts: 2,227
    Dakine Drafter hydration pack. Very comfortable with lots of handy features. Better bladder than Camelbak too, IMO.

    I've used Dakine photo packs, rucksacks and snowboard bags for over 10 years and they're bombproof.
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  • mcnultycopmcnultycop Posts: 2,143
    I've got a Dakine AMP, it is spot on. 18 litre storage and 3 litre bladder.
  • CookehCookeh Posts: 351
    If you want something with slightly smaller storage capacity, I got a Gelert Edge quite recently.

    Reasonably priced, 10L storage +2L bladder, good compartment design.
  • paul.skibumpaul.skibum Posts: 4,068
    I have the Dakine Drafter and concur it is very good but my Camelback Mule was great - 10 years without any issues aside from a replacement bladder about 6 years in - I'd still be using it if someone hadnt half inched it.
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  • Lewis ALewis A Posts: 767
    Why not just get a Camelbak? All the ones I've had work very well and are solidly built. If it's down to budget then I'm sure there's plenty in the sales... Osprey are supposed to be great too...
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  • If its only the water storage bit your after, cheapish hydration packs can be had for about £20 on amazon and the like easily enough. The pack kowalski posted about looks a good buy too.
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  • Kowalski675Kowalski675 Posts: 4,412
    It was, definiely.
  • L3BIUSL3BIUS Posts: 91
    Look on tesco website for "hydration pack" they have two to choose from, ones £12 and the other £20. Absolute steals and great reviews!
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  • Kowalski675Kowalski675 Posts: 4,412
    L3BIUS wrote:
    Look on tesco website for "hydration pack" they have two to choose from, ones £12 and the other £20. Absolute steals and great reviews!

    I've been using the previous version of their £12 pack and it was a bargain - only criticism is the bite valve - it's not the easiest to use and does leak a little if you leave it pointing downwards.
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Water bottle?
  • paul.skibumpaul.skibum Posts: 4,068
    njee20 wrote:
    Water bottle?

    Camelback or equivalent stores tools and spares and so on plus water, water bottle just holds water and gets covered in mud. Fail.
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  • Kowalski675Kowalski675 Posts: 4,412
    njee20 wrote:
    Water bottle?

    Camelback or equivalent stores tools and spares and so on plus water, water bottle just holds water and gets covered in mud. Fail.

    You hope that's only mud on the valve when you go to drink from it, lol...
  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    njee20 wrote:
    Water bottle?

    Camelback or equivalent stores tools and spares and so on plus water, water bottle just holds water and gets covered in mud. Fail.

    Water bottle in bag. Win
  • CitizenLeeCitizenLee Posts: 2,227
    Stopping every time you need a drink. Not win.
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    2015 Genesis CdF 10, 2014 Cube Hyde Race, 2012 NS Traffic, 2007 Specialized SX Trail, 2005 Specialized Demo 8
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    I'm a recent convert to Osprey - their packs are really well designed (obviously by someone who actually mountain bikes!). Loads of great features that just make it far more user-friendly - such a semi-rigid hydration bladder with a handle (easier to fill up :D ), magnetic nozzle that clips to your chest strap, separate tool pouch in the bottom of the pack, little side pockets on the waist strap etc etc.

    I have always used Camelbaks until now but to be honest there is no way I would go back now.
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  • sniper68sniper68 Posts: 2,910
    miss notax wrote:
    I'm a recent convert to Osprey - their packs are really well designed (obviously by someone who actually mountain bikes!). Loads of great features that just make it far more user-friendly - such a semi-rigid hydration bladder with a handle (easier to fill up :D ), magnetic nozzle that clips to your chest strap, separate tool pouch in the bottom of the pack, little side pockets on the waist strap etc etc.

    I have always used Camelbaks until now but to be honest there is no way I would go back now.
    +1.
    Had Camelbaks for years but bought an Osprey Zealot last year.No comparison.The Osprey is better thought out and the semi-rigid back plate/Bladder means it stays put on your back no matter how much you move about 8)
    Not cheap but worth every penny IMO :D
  • raldatraldat Posts: 242
    I recently bought the Tesco one. Bite valve was poor but otherwise really good. I bought the Camlebak right angle fitting and bite valve for a few bucks when I was in the US the other week and fitted those the Tesco tube and I am now super happy with it. We will of course see how long it lasts, it total cost was 18 quid.
  • BozabykaBozabyka Posts: 252
    I am sure I have seen a tri bike with a bladder fitted within the frame
  • gregwarigregwari Posts: 230
    Osprey Viper - awesome.
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    njee20 wrote:
    Water bottle?

    Camelback or equivalent stores tools and spares and so on plus water, water bottle just holds water and gets covered in mud. Fail.

    Jacket pockets store censored , don't give you a sweaty back and don't censored you in the back of the head every time you go down something steep. Or drip. You get a face full of mud anyway, never had anything untoward on a bottle.

    Was being slightly facaetious, I go through phases using a Camelbak, but I've not used one for the last couple of years and certainly haven't missed it.
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