Camelbak recommendations

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Hookdude, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. Hookdude

    Hookdude Flying W Master

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    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,
    Bob
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  2. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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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.
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  3. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    I have the exact same one in KTM orange. :evil 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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  4. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

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    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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  5. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    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. :clap
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  6. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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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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  7. Sting32

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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/customer/product.php?productid=102109 On that site the price in cheap.
    [​IMG]

    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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  8. SherpaT

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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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  9. Sting32

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  10. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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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. :evil

    http://www.kriega.us/r15-motorcycle-backpack/
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  11. nwcycle

    nwcycle Long timer

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




    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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  12. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I don't like Camelbaks because the beer always has a plastic taste to it.
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  13. TXNMGUY

    TXNMGUY dirt dobber

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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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  14. Bent_boot42

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    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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  15. Hookdude

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    Thanks guys.

    I got a new 3 liter Camelbak for $40. Should be more than enough.
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  16. Gordo83

    Gordo83 Been here awhile

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    The way the temperatures have been around here, you might end up putting hot coffee in your new Camelback. Looking forward to April. But then again, I was looking forward to March too.
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  17. Sting32

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    Last thing I will suggest, as it was suggested to me (i even think it was from others in this very forum) that you DO NOT put sweetened drinks in the pouches/bladder... Just use water, else the bag and tube can get very FUNKY when stored, if you are NOT anal enough to thoroughly clean after EACH use. Gatoraid, or pop, were mentioned. Most told me to store in freezer, I store mine upside down on a wall, with paper towel sticking out to wick away moisture after I rinse it out after uses. All because if you saw how wife packs a freezer, you would pretend the freezer was locked to you as well... What I am joking about is no room, and risk of foot injuries, if you touch anything except the ice, if you sneeze while in there, you better jump back, and save your toes. lol

    Of course you can do whatever you like, with your time and money... :thumb
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  18. motojunky

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    Ditto. I used to use Gatorade and occasionally forget to thoroughly clean the bladder after a ride. After I purchased my 2nd or 3rd replacement bladder I switched to water only. I also used to use the freezer but got tired of the freezer real estate issue and now do the hanger/paper towel method described above.
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  19. jonnyc21

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    I have also found the same trick that works for my ice chest works great for the balder.

    Crumple up some newspaper into a thin tube like shape and put that inside when you hang/store it, for me this works even better than a paper towel. :clap
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    I had a m.u.l.e. for 8 years and finally replaced it with an ogio baja. A few rides later the bottom blew out. They replaced it and the new on did the same thing. Went back to a m.u.l.e. A summer of riding and 1100 miles of the Baja 1000 and not a thing wrong with it.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR
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