Review By Camper / 1 week ago — Hydration Packs
After wearing the pack for four hours while push mowing, weed eating, or tractor mowing, the water remaining would always be cool at a minimum. One afternoon while on our larger tractor, the cold water lasted about just over three hours before becoming cool. During that time my back was entirely in the sun. Having cool water was …sweet.
PROS:Easy to refill and close hydration reservoir. Zippered cover operated smoothly. Bite valve, on/off flow control, and bite cover performs superbly giving large flow volume on demand. Insulation jacket functions better than I expected in the 90F temps. Absolutely NO PLASTIC aftertaste…well..it is a CamelBak. Purchased camou color, ..it was the least expensive, shows dirt less, absorbs heat less than black. D-Rings great for hooking biners, small knife, pouch(s), easy to get into and out off. Not having a waist strap turns out to be the better. Material is not a hard stiff nylon, but is a soft and flexible covering. Covering of pack is repellent.
CON: And a minor one at that. If you wear sleeveless shirts, the non-padded edges of shoulder straps may irritate skin wherever the edge of the straps rub often.. Mine did at first, but the material softened or I finally got used to it. With regular T shirt, straps are not noticed to be irritating. For not having a waist strap, as previous pack did, this 3.0L pack I barely noticed on my back.
SUMMARY: I had hesitated to buy this as I had a few other late model CamelBak pack of various sized the would certainly handle the task. Just too many dirt catching pockets and or large storage volume. In this instance, all I needed was maximum water capacity, insulation of reservoir & delivery tube, strong protection for bite valve, ability to squirt out a cool drink for my German Shepherd when he is out walking with me. Yeah, I am very happy that I purchased this tough, workhorse of a CamelBak.
Most of my old units are getting fairly worn, and the urge to buy a new version was just too strong.
I received this pack and immediately noticed the straps. If you look at most of Camelbak’s other self contained carriers, you will see awkwardly narrow straps over the shoulder and under the arms. This 60430 carrier has COMPLETELY changed that. The straps are comfortably wide, but not so wide as to be obnoxious.
I also have very much enjoyed the new lid closure system. I don’t know if other new units employ this lid/plug design, but it is the first time I have seen it. Instead of having to line up small plastic threads while not spilling the liquid inside, you now get a 1/4ish turn locking system with actual alignment arrows on the lid and rim. Quick turn and the unit seals up tight. Great improvement.
The bladder is the next thing that caught my attention. I looked very closely at the edge seals. I assume they use an RF type plastic welding. This new bladder had a significantly wider “weld” than previous generations. The bladder material is also quite tough when compared to my previous models. I am anticipating years of service.
Another item of note is the flavor of the water. I don’t care what anybody tells me, but I can taste the plastic in the liquid (usually water) from traditional bladders. Perhaps it is only psychological, but this new bladder material does not leave a nasty aftertaste.
The tubing and mouthpiece don’t seem to have departed from past models.
If I had to come up with a gripe, it would be when I pull the mouthpiece off and look at the ON-OFF valve internals. There is a BIG blob of lubricant. Having used a lot of this type of equipment, I’m sure it is a food grade silicone based lube. While I’m comfortable with the safety of the product, I still didn’t like seeing a copious amount of it inside of the tubing. I quickly removed some of it with a Q-tip.
All in all, I love this pack. I’m sure that if others purchase it, they will love it as well.
THANK youuu like i did now know how to work this thng
Is the short a lot comfier than the long? Have a 5.11 Rush 24. Anyone else use this setup and can advise please?
Kay mel back?
What kinda dimensions on this when full? Length and width? Have a hydration pack that takes a wider/bit shorter than normal bladder.
Great review ! Plan to put this pack in a Day Pack with "The Ten Essentials" by the Seattle Mountaineers. Will keep the bag for clean water only. And may add a Carbon Filter for water taste. And have a Sawyer Mini to filter the dirty water… My Fire Kit is in a large Kiwi Shoe Polish tin. tjl
Hello and thank you for this video! Did I see right. The connection of the Bite Valves at all didn't change on this new version so I can still use the one from my old bladder? I ask because an angled Bite Valve cannot be found easily in Europe.
There seem to be absolutely no difference whatsoever in terms of material quality of the bladder itself between this and the civilian version, yet its price is astoundingly higher? !! Any thoughts ?
You can stop the sloshing. Just flip it over after you fill it and suck the air out, then you're all good.
Also, great review. You convinced me to get one, love it. I got the black tube to match my black backpack.
Need a slightly better mic, the echoing is hard to listen
How do to remove the bladder from the bag completely? I have a 3L Themobak.
Just use a regular one and do what we do in the military. Wrap duct tape over the Fucking tube lol.
would the 100oz shorty fit in a 5.11 Rush 12?
Another great hydration system for runners, etc. AquaArm:http://www.aqua-arm.com
Just watched this video on apple tv, seemed just fine to me.
love the comment about apple, nice review
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