Sunday, May 29, 2011

OUTDOOR RETAILER FALL 2011 Gear Review Part I: CAMELBAK

 Words/Images Judith Ecochard


Sidecountry Packs


CamelBak quenches thirsts around the world with its lifetime guarantee hydration packs, featuring the new Antidote™ next generation, light weight/low profile, easy access/easy clean reservoir...




--- that we previewed at the prior OR tradeshow. (read here).





This time, CamelBak provides outdoor enthusiasts who like to take themselves and their gear backcountry/off trail...






































































With two new lower profile ("by 40% than the typical day pack") winter hydration packs...Tycoon (Men's-2.2lbs) and Ante (Women's 2.1 lbs)...


The details that make the difference=an insulated Therminator™ harness that helps prevent water from freezing in the tube. And the redesigned pack shape lets the tube lay flatter---with the Big Bite™ valve attainable with gloved hands. 





The reservoir compartment easy to "drop-in" but holds securely without sloshing.




Compartments inside and out---including quick access  one for a probe/shovels, a clam shell opening for gear, a side fleece lined, goggle pouch, adjustable straps for boards (vertical or horizontal)/skis that can be tucked away or used as additional compression straps.


Other Details: The Tycoon has a 1,125 cubic in cargo capacity...the Ante with a curved shoulder harness...has a 1,000 cubic inch cargo capacity.





ETA October 2011



Military and Specially Built Packs NIR Compliant