Runners and cyclists are a fickle bunch, and they won’t settle for less when it comes to their pack’s hydration capacity, storage space, and carrying comfort. But it’s not just the Camelbacks, Geigerrigs, and Ospreys that rule the league, as there are also lesser known-brands out there that scores well for less the price.
One of these is the Camden Gear 50oz hydration pack, which offers great storage options, bounce-free comfort, hands-free hydration, and water-resistant durability in one. Designed with road runners and rough riders in mind, it’s versatile enough to be slung on the back of a runner, in-line skater, cyclist, cross country skier, or just about any other sports enthusiast.
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A closer look at the Camden Gear 50oz hydration pack
Comfort is critical when running long distances. While most packs from the same price range are bouncy and uncomfortable to run with, this 50oz Hydration Pack stays in position comfortably. It doesn’t only have adjustable shoulder straps, but includes buckled waist and chest straps too.
These straps prevent the pack from bouncing around as you move, and can be easily adjusted to fit kids and adults alike. For added comfort, the shoulder straps are made with breathable mesh fabric that provides a breezy feel and wicks down moisture at the same time.
This Camden Gear hydration pack has a 50-ounce (1.5 liter) reservoir capacity, which is more than most water bottles. The replaceable reservoir can store enough water to last about three hours of running, climbing, and cycling. It’s made from BPA-free plastic that’s durable and flexible, and can be simply rinsed out with warm water when cleaning.
The twist cap and large mouth opening also makes it more convenient to refill than zip-top bladders, even from a drinking fountain or shallow sink. Drinking out of the pack is made easier as well, as it includes a bite valve fitted through the shoulder straps for effortless hydration.
The unisex hydration pack offers a versatile storage space with its large back pocket and two
smaller side pockets. Its main compartment is big enough to fit your clothes, a 12-inch laptop, tablet, or other gadget – with room to spare.
To give you even more storage, there are also two mesh pockets on either side of the pack. These will hold your smartphone, music players, gels, candy bars, keys, charge cards and other small items to take on the hike. As a bonus, the zipper pulls have large rings that make it easier to open/close the pockets.
Durability and water resistance
Solidly built, the Camden Gear 50oz hydration pack is durable and water-resistant to boot. It features the company’s very own Diamond Rip Stop Nylon that keeps your essentials dry in the rain, while being tough enough to withstand everyday wear and tear. Furthermore, this material is known for being relatively light, so you get all its benefits without much strain on your back.
Style-wise, its short profile provides unmatched stability without getting in the way of your helmet. This means that it’s also suitable for cycling, in-line skating, and other activities on and off the road.
The Camden Gear 50oz Hydration Pack measures 2.8 by 10.3 by 15.9 inches and weighs in at approximately 15.2 ounces (0.95 pounds). It is covered by the manufacturer’s 1-year limited warranty on parts and service.