Hydration - Camelbak


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tw1112
December 30, 2002, 03:57 AM
Hi, I was wondering what kind of hydration system most people use/recommend? I would use this for just basic hikes, walks, runs, etc. Anywhere online to buy these at a good price? Thanks!

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Kevlarman
December 30, 2002, 04:03 AM
I use a CamelBak for almost everything. Hiking, mowing the law, airsofting, heck even when I go to work I'm wearing one!

BogBabe
December 30, 2002, 08:22 AM
Another camelbak user here -- they're great! I use mine when rollerblading, and see lots of other bladers using it, too.

Robert inOregon
December 30, 2002, 01:18 PM
Spend the extra twenty or so and get the Camelbak. If you go to Blackhawk Industries, they manufacture hydration systems that are more hunting related and use the Camelbak bladder system. Little more expensive, but they tend to have more pockets and arrangements that make them gun friendly. Just make sure you stay away from any immitations.

tw1112
December 30, 2002, 01:18 PM
Is there any model that you guys can recommend? Something that is still wearable and not too bulky? I was looking at the Hawg. Any place on the net you can recommend?

SIGarmed
December 30, 2002, 02:13 PM
Originally posted by tw1112
Is there any model that you guys can recommend? Something that is still wearable and not too bulky? I was looking at the Hawg. Any place on the net you can recommend?

www.rei.com

www.lightfighter.com

Kevlarman
December 30, 2002, 04:26 PM
Really depends on what yoou're going to be doing, and how much stuff you intend to carry. I use the Storm, which is basically just a 100oz. bladder with a OD green cover and some straps. It can't hold anything else.

If you're going to be carrying hiking equipment and the like, get something that has big pockets. The MULE and HAWG come to mind. Or, you can use your own backpack, and get a small CamelBak to stuff in there or lash to the outside.

cheygriz
December 30, 2002, 07:28 PM
I use a Camelback "Mule" for hunting and day hiking and I really like it.

tw1112
January 2, 2003, 03:24 AM
Hmm...Maybe someone can help me out with something. I am looking at the Rim Runner and the Hawg right now...both seem to be really nice and would fit my needs. They both carry 100oz. of water, the thing that is confusing me is the dimensions and price. The Specs for both are this -

Rim Runner
Capacity: 100 oz (3.0 L)
Dimensions: 18.5 in x 11 in x 8.5 in (470 mm x 279 mm x 203 mm)
Volume: Cargo – 1729 cu in (28.33 L) • Total Volume – 1912 cu in (31.33 L)
Weight: Empty Reservoir – 2.29 lbs (1.04 kg) • Filled Reservoir – 8.54 lbs (3.88 kg)

Hawg
Capacity: 100 oz (3.0 L)
Dimensions: 19 in x 9 in x 7 in (483 mm x 229 mm x 178 mm)
Volume: Cargo – 1020 cu in (16.70 L) • Total Volume – 1203 cu in (19.70 L)
Weight: Empty Reservoir – 2.14 lbs (0.97 kg) • Filled Reservoir – 8.39 lbs (3.81 kg)

So the Runner can hold more than the hawg when it comes to cargo, but the runner is priced lower than the hawg. Is there any reason for this? Is there something the hawg has that the runner doesnt? Thanks!!

Double Naught Spy
January 2, 2003, 09:10 AM
I don't know current dimensions. When I bought my HAWG, it was much larger than the Rim Runner and had more pockets. What I specifically liked about the HAWG was that I was able to fit 2 reservoirs in it. I usually did one in water in the main reservoir location and then one in the large pocket for Gatorade.

Head over to a hiking supply type place and check them out first hand and see what works best. They are very nice to have.

Bacchus
January 3, 2003, 09:24 PM
Definitely look for them locally. Sometimes Camelbak discontinues a line or just a specific color, so the prices often vary, even within the same model.

And go with the largest bladder (100 oz.).

tw1112
January 3, 2003, 10:18 PM
Yeah I went to a local store today that supposedly carries camelbak...Well I only found the classic and the bladder there(50oz.), so I guess I will have to keep looking.

Skunkabilly
January 3, 2003, 10:45 PM
Even if you get a Motherlode, you can still compress that bad boy down to a manageable size.

I lived off of it in Korea/Japan for 2 weeks, it's big enough for that too :D

Lennyjoe
January 4, 2003, 07:44 AM
We got Camelbacks issued to us when we went to Kuwait in 95. That thing was a lifesaver. Out on the flightline in 115 degree weather. I loved them then and love em still.

Spark
January 4, 2003, 10:17 PM
Check out the new Camelbak Transformer - you can adjust it to suit your needs by adding / removing it's pockets. Really great on runs and hikes because you can pack a jacket, etc. Very very cool.

Kevin

Teufelhunden
January 4, 2003, 11:22 PM
I've had my Camelbak MULE for about 4 years now, and have found it to be just the right size for carrying those things I need at hand without adding too much bulk to my load. I can't recommend anything other than Camelbak from personal use, but I've also heard good things about Blackhawk's systems.

-Teuf

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