Friday, July 20, 2012

Camelbak Hydration Packs: Ultra LR, Marathoner, Baja LR

Camelbak 2012 Hydration Packs

Camelbak sent us three 2012 hydration packs to try out: the Ultra LR, the Marathoner, and the Baja LR. See Laima’s reviews at Women’s Endurance Gear.) We got these a couple of months ago and have enjoyed putting them through their paces.

The Marathoner  is a running hydration pack that features a 1/4 turn - easy open/close reservoir cap, a lightweight fillport, dryer arms, center baffling and low-profile design, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, PureFlow™ tube, and an easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening. This comes closest of the three to what I would consider a typical running hydration pack. One extremely useful feature is the adjustability, as the harness comes with hook and loop fasteners for the straps, allowing it to fit varying torso sizes (handy since Laima and I are such different sizes!). Extra storage allows nutrition and additional layers to be carried along. While this is a well-built pack, even with the adjustability, it just never felt quite right to me, a little snug.

The Ultra LR Vest  is my dream hydration pack. With the same adjustability as the Marathoner, you can dial in the fit to suit your body and comfort preferences. It features the Antidote Lumbar Reservoir with Quick Link™ System, 1/4 turn - easy open/close cap, lightweight fillport, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, PureFlow™ tube, and an easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening. The addition of the belt with pockets is what really clinches it for me, love having easy-to-reach storage on the front of a pack! This vest fit me personally just about perfectly, now if it could only run the ultra for me.


The Baja LR  is made of quick-drying materials, offering support even on your most epic Stand Up Paddle treks. This pack is similar to the Ultra LR, featuring the Antidote Lumbar Reservoir with Quick Link™ System, 1/4 turn - easy open/close cap, lightweight fillport, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, PureFlow™ tube, and, as is typical for Camelbak, an easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening. This pack also has a belt that wraps around the waist, offering easy to reach storage and something unique to SUP, a paddle holster! Combine this with an inflatable PFD and your safety issues are covered. We took this out on the Galien River for a family-friendly Stand Up Paddleboarding  experience – both Laima and I really enjoyed it and the easy adjustability meant we could share it as we traded off turns.

The search for easily-portable hydration is an ongoing effort by many companies around the world. Camelbak keeps pushing the envelope both in design and forward-thinking ideas. Whether you’re a soldier, a runner, a Stand Up Paddler, or just a parent that needs free hands chasing your kids around at the park, Camelbak has a hydration pack that will fit your needs.

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(Disclaimer: I was sent these products for free to review on my blog - courtesy of Camelbak, via Double Forte. I did not pay for the items, receive payment for this review, or agree to give them a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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7 comments:

  1. I'm really interested in the vests. I want to add a vest to my hydration pack on the longer ultras. Thanks for the review!

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    1. For the amount of running you do Johann, I think a pack is a necessity!

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  2. I'd think talking to Camelbak about having the vest run your ultra for you would be quite reasonable.

    Thanks for the review--I haven't bought a camelbak in ages and it's time to upgrade!

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    1. The Ultra LR is lightyears ahead of even recent developments, in my opinion!

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  3. I'm curious how much fluid they each carry? I have a Nathan intensity that I love, which also indulges my Sherpa tendencies when heading out on the trail all day!

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    1. These all have 70 ounce reservoirs, oversight not to have included that!

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  4. So are you using the Ultra LR Vest for the ultra? I am trying to decide which hydration pack to get to train with, and if I should wear one at all (if I sign up, sigh).

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