The story behind CamelBak hydration packs started back in 1988 when a guy named Michael Eidson was preparing for the “Hotter’N Hell 100,” a 100-mile summer cycling race in Wichita Falls. Before the event, Michael (an EMT by trade) filled an IV bag with water and stashed it in the back of his jersey. With the tube slung over his shoulder and a clothespin to pinch it closed in between drinks, Michael had unknowingly created the prototype for what would become the CamelBak hydration system. Fast forward more than 25 years, and CamelBak is now the ... Learn more about CamelBak world’s leading hydration pack company, with more than 80 different products, including reservoirs, backpacks, hip packs, CamelBak water bottles, travel mugs and more. ... Less
Reviewed by SaraDeSalme from Arizona on Thursday, July 02, 2015
I love this bladder! The best!
I hate the new "up grade" that camelbak made to the New 3Ls reservoirs. I've had two of the new ones and the "quick" link that they installed at the base of the bladder leaks after just a few trips.
On the new bladders, the screw top seams to be easier to close, the lid on these omegas, can leak, if it is cross threaded or it leaks if it's not on tight enough.That one improvement seems to be a great addition to the new 3L bladders.... but that is the only improvement I liked and did work for me.
My original omega came in my 1st generation blowfish. It's over 15 years old with 300+ miles a year, use on it. After so many miles, washes, the lid was not sealing correctly and began to leak at the threads. After 15 years, I'm not complaining. So, I bought a "new and improved" 3L one from a local out door store. At first I liked the new bladder, until my first trip with it and the hose was not fully installed into the bottom connector. I tugged on my line when I couldn't suck any water through the bite piece (thinking it had a kink in it) but noooooo, it came right out of my pack.
We were on a tight time schedule to get to the head of the head of Hades Knoll Canyon. It's a long way, no shade, and time was short. It was completely inconvenient having to pull everything out of my pack fix the bladder and re-pack everything. It cost us some of our limited time. The next trip with the new 3L went smoothly, but the third trip it started leaking at the base connection. We actually had to cancel the backpacking trip because I couldn't get it to stop leaking. Nor did I have a back-up bladder.
So we had to change our backpacking trip, to just day hiking. I exchanged the leaking bladder for a new one. But after two trips the same thing happened, the o-ring at the base connector started leaking again.....
When I got home from that trip I looked up the Omega, you have NO Idea how happy I was to find the old style Omega On Sierra Trading Post.
I ended up buying 3! lol!
Love, Love this bladder, It has never let me down! My new Omega just went to the San Juan's in CO for a 40 mile 3 day, backpacking trip and worked like a dream!
Reviewed by Winnie from Park City, UT on Thursday, July 02, 2015
This pack must buckle around your waist because of how the hydration bladder goes into the pack. I don't like this. I used it hiking and biking. Both experiences was not a great feeling. Plus the hydration bladder is so very hard to get in and out of the pack and you really cannot fill it up but half way. I can say that I liked that it took the weight off my shoulders but I just could not get used to the waist strap especially while biking. When I would have to get back up on my bike the buckle would hit the bar connector. This might not be an issue for taller women. I sent it back and ordered a different brand and style.
Reviewed by TimT from Virginia on Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Used this to replace a non-CamelBak reservoir that could not stop from leaking due to a screw top that would not seal. Impressed with the quality of this reservoir and the fact that CamelBak stands behind their product with a great warranty. Should have bought this to start with!
Reviewed by Hiker/Biker enthusiast from Chico, California on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
I got this for my mom who is an outdoors nut. I got the men's one for my dad also and they both love them. I was blow away by the great price for such a good product. We will see if they hold up, but I bought myself a Camelback 10 years ago and it was ridiculously expensive but has held up well. Hope these do the same.
Reviewed by nneriss from WA on Monday, June 29, 2015
I got this hiking backpack on sale for $50, it was the most worthed money I ever spent for my hiking gears. on top of the built-in hydration pack, this back has plenty of space for your hiking essentials and it's very lightweight! I love it