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Mugged by a Camel

By the time you read this, I’ll probably be in Machu Picchu! So I may be slow responding to comments.

Okay, I’m not usually one to complain about prices when it comes to gear, because one pays for quality. But I just had to buy a replacement part for my Camelbak hydration reservoir – the Big Bite valve, which I somehow lost while snowboard carving this past weekend. Let’s just say I was a little shocked by the price:


You read it right. Eight euros (or about $11) for a tiny piece of molded rubber with no moving parts.

So, that brings me to my question for all of you hikers, trekkers, and backpackers:

What’s the best hydration pack system?

  • Pricing that doesn’t make you feel like your wallet has been violated
  • Long-lasting materials and parts which are high quality
  • Usable bite valve with an easy-to-operate lock

I’ve tried a couple brands of hydration bladders over the years, and so far Camelbak is the only hydration system that I liked. But today I’ve seen there are several new ones out there that I hadn’t seen before (Deuter, Platypus, etc). Does anyone have an experience with a hydration reservoir that compares well to Camelbak?

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Posted in Around the World 12 years, 1 month ago at 1:00 pm.

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