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The Backpacker Smackdown: Running Over the CamelBak

BACKPACKER associate editor Shannon Davis puts a CamelBak hydration bladder through a high-pressure test. Watch more videos at BACKPACKER'S home on the web - www.backpacker.com

Camelbak bladders have been helping hikers, runners, bikers, kayakers and climbers fill theirs for almost a decade. And now, it appears Camelbak is set to improve on its already urinary system-leading hydration products by introducing the Antidote line this fall, so says GearJunkie.com. I own three Camelbak bladders and outside of falling victim to a combination of North Carolina humidity and my habit of forgetting them after use in my far-from-climate-controlled garage, they have functioned perfectly for years. Hell, they’re the Kleenex of the hydration bladder industry.

However, when it comes to backpacking, I’m just not a fan of inserting a bag of water into the same bag that contains my sleeping bag and emergency layers, no matter how many truck roll-overs it can stand. You see, it’s not the Camelbak’s bladder toughness one should worry about, they are durable as hell. But they still have removable parts, like hoses and mouthpieces with on and off valves. After filtering or cleaning on the trail, you better make sure you re-attach those parts correctly. I’ve seen what happens when a person doesn’t. Sleeping in wet socks blows.

I tend to just slap that puppy on top of my pack, just under the lid. Maybe I’ll put it on the outside somewhere. Anyway, maybe Camelbak will come up with something this fall to make me feel better about all this … like, an Antidote.

Jesus that was lame.

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