Camelbak Waistpack – If you have read very many of my posts, you may already know, I love Ross; a store stocked with a hodgepodge of items! On the occasion that I find hiking gear at Ross; a VERY fun day!
I live in Oklahoma right now, which is NOT exactly the mecca of a hiking community so my local Ross is in rare form when I find things like this Camelbak waistpack. While I did buy this pack myself, and Camelbak is not compensating me in any way for this review, links within this post are affiliate links. Here is my review of the Camelbak waistpack.
As with most Camelbak products, this pack feels of high quality. The stitching looks solid and intact with no frayed areas. There is ample room, with two pocket areas, plus pouch area for the bladder. I have used this pack 3 times so far and I am able to put so much stuff in it. Snacks, phone, keys, chap stick, poop bags, mini tripod, band-aid, compass, etc.
The front pocket is sectioned off for optimal organization and also has a clip for your keys. I like this feature in packs because I don’t want to accidentally drop my keys out on a trail when I am digging around for my chapstick, or maybe a band-aid.
This is the back pocket area with a lot of extra room and elastic bands to help secure items so they will be more stable. Things just jostling around in a pack can be, at the very least, irritating. The bladder fits securely in place with an extra loop to tether in place.
There is a flap and strap on both sides of the Camelbak waistpack that can be adjusted, based on how much content you choose to carry in the pack. If only carrying a few items, then cinch the straps up tight to hold the items snug.
Being a completely different design than a regular backpack, it would make sense that the Camelbak waistpack would have a different bladder. Different it is, and this is where things start to go wrong with this pack. I believe it holds 1.5 liters,
however, if you fill the bladder all the way it is a real challenge to get back into the pack. It is nearly impossible to fill the bladder while it is in the pack. There is only one option for bringing the tube out of the pack, which might be a problem for some. Also, the tube just kind of dangles at the side and is a bit obnoxious to have flopping around. At least you always know where the tube is. 🙂 I may find a way to utilize the tube
another way. While a few reviews I read had a real issue with the mouth piece, I actually really like the mouth piece itself, and it flows really well when I want to get water out to put in the dogs bowl. I will say that the open/close valve is frustrating to use, as it is difficult to manipulate. At this time, I am going to just chalk that up to needing to use the pack a bit more, and get more familiar with it. If you get this pack and just love it, then it is always an option to change the mouth piece to one you also love.
The backside of the Camelbak waistpack is padded and covered with a mesh type material. The waist straps on the pack are wide and comfortable. I also like to use a carabiner to clip my dog’s leash onto the waist straps. And I have a knife I string onto the waist straps. The pack stays put and rides very comfortable on my lower back, and I usually only have to tighten up the straps ones or twice, on our hikes.
While the Camelbak waistpack won’t be used for extended hikes and backpacking, I would say that it is a decent option for shorter hikes and outings. I don’t ride much, but I could see this pack also being useful for biking. Especially since I paid half the Amazon price, by finding this pack at Ross, I feel like I definitely got my monies worth. Oh! And it is neon! Fits into our #neonadventures perfectly!