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Old 03-12-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Camelbak recommendations

Just bought my first trials bike (05 Scorpa SY 250 Thanks Cris!) and will be attending RITC's trials school on 14 April.

Pretty psyched right now!

They suggest bringing a way to carry water and I was wondering what you inmates recommend and why.

Any and all insight is appreciated.

Thanks,
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:02 PM   #2
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Thumb Camelbak

I currently use a 3 liter Camelbak and it worked great for the event I took it to. Was able to carry a light snack as well. Used up most of my water on the first loop and refilled before the second.

Mine looks a bit like this one.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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I currently use a 3 liter Camelbak and it worked great for the event I took it to. Was able to carry a light snack as well. Used up most of my water on the first loop and refilled before the second.

Mine looks a bit like this one.

I have the exact same one in KTM orange. It's the "Lobo" model. I use it for mountain biking and trials. I can finish off 3 liters on most every ride.

For trail riding when I need to carry tools I love the Ogio Flight Vest.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:19 PM   #4
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Hydrapak is far superior to Camelbak

If you're the kind of person who likes stuff that is
well designed and which works nicely, a Hydrapak is
the bladder to have. The design and build quality is superior
to any other bladder made. If you see one in person no words
will be necessary, it is obvious how nicely designed and made
the Hydrapak is.



http://www.hydrapak.com/


I think the best way to go is to buy a Hydrapak bladder
and use it in a Kriega pack. This way you get the best of
everything.


The Kriega packs are the best in the world.
Highly recommended by those who like the
good stuff. I use one, and Neduro uses one,
or at least he did when he wrote a ride report
on a Baja trip a couple of years ago.

I've been using packs for over 40 years. The Kriega
stuff is built like I'd build stuff. The seams are taped,
the material is first class, and the design is motorcycle-
specific and if you use one for a while you realize they
really did test the stuff because it WORKS.



http://www.kriega.us/



You get what you pay for, but what is not always obvious
is that in the long term it is usually less expensive to
buy the best.

Also, I have seen reports that Camelbak has contributed to
organizations which work to close trails to people who use
motorized off road vehicles. That's not in our best interest
as motorcycle riders, obviously. Because of this I will never
buy a Camelbak product.


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Old 03-12-2013, 08:52 PM   #5
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Thumb Thanks for the info

I have been thinking about getting a Kriega for a few, glad to hear they are worth it.

Didn't know about Hydrapak... they look way better than mine. Guess I know what I want to get with the Kriega I want.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:11 AM   #6
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Several years ago I grabbed my camelback to prep for a ride and noticed that I'd left Gatorade in it. It was exceptionally funky and I needed a replacement "right now." I ran to Walmart and bought a cheap backpack/bladder system. I expected it to be temporary, but it has held up great for I'm guessing five years now.

Not the best, but certainly an option. Can't remember the brand right now, but I still see it on the rack at Walmart.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:22 AM   #7
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I bought this one, I dont carry anything else on my shoulders, I can still wear a fanny pack with this one, though I seldom do, I have one of those folding allen wrench setups (like a pocket knife) in the little pouch, and can keep a couple things in there.

Please note I use this for trials only, if I was going hiking, or 5 MOH, or something... and need to carry more and all that, I have one that looks a lot more like my son's book bag, lol.

http://www.indysuperbike.com/custome...oductid=102109 On that site the price in cheap.


Now, I can agree there are probably better ones? But easily found parts is worth a tiny bit to me. I bought mine at bass-pro, since it is hard to "try on" anything online, but I also paid more than the web price.

Whatever you get, make damn sure it has the "shoulder strap to shoulder strap, strap" else the thing tried to fall off all the time, IMHO.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:07 AM   #8
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I like the CamelBak FlashFlo lumbar pack for trials because it carries the weight lower. It only holds 50 oz., so I need to refill it every couple of loops. It has a small pocket for carrying keys, but that's about it.

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Old 03-13-2013, 01:35 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=SherpaT;20937281]I like the CamelBak FlashFlo lumbar pack for trials because it carries the weight lower. It only holds 50 oz., so I need to refill it every couple of loops. It has a small pocket for carrying keys, but that's about it.

(snipped pic from above post)

I would have bought that one, had I found it, but now kind of happy with what I have, because I can still carry/wear my fanny pack with my water. I would have liked to see on in person though, it might have enough room for what I carried when I wore the fanny pack alone. (I bought just the flexible bladder and hose, used it in my gasgas fanny pack, once.

Dang, that kriega, has one like my now 3 year old cameback, but it costs $140? for 39 I can ruin 3 of these before I lose money.
http://www.kriega.us/hydro-3-enduro-...tion-backpack/

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Old 03-13-2013, 03:22 PM   #10
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If I get a Kriega I will get the R15 so I can have an actual backpack that is build for motorcycle riding and have the 3L hydration as well.

As I already have a 3L Camelbak for events the Kriega will be my fun day pack to have trail tools, food etc.

http://www.kriega.us/r15-motorcycle-backpack/
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:26 PM   #11
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All you guys are idiots....

I dont wear no stinking camelbak......
I bring the wife, make her carry the cooler and snacks........




Ok, I give up,
i actually use an OGIO set up, with drink bottle net holders on the side as I am the pack rat that carries all the stuff for my kids too, so I will have both of their water bottles on each side, My own in the bladder along with misc tools and snacks.....

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Old 03-13-2013, 04:55 PM   #12
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I don't like Camelbaks because the beer always has a plastic taste to it.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:15 PM   #13
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I use the same one as jonnyc21. Works great here in this Texas heat, but soon to be living in Colorado.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:17 PM   #14
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freeze it don't clean it

Cheap pack with good quality bladder. 2L is enough for me to ride 1/2 day. Filling it up if/when needed has never been an issue. I wouldn't buy one without a pocket to carry wallet/keys/allenKeys/zipTies/spareDryGloves

$20 pack has lasted 3 yrs with cheapo bladder replaced after the first summer with nice expensive bladder.

I always store the bladder in the freezer (empty it first) as it prevents the funk from growing. (Never needed to clean the bladder and it is always fresh)
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:06 AM   #15
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Thanks guys.

I got a new 3 liter Camelbak for $40. Should be more than enough.
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