Interbike: Camelbak

by Chipps 16

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One of the most innovative products we've seen at the show so far. This 1Litre, All Clear bottle from Camelbak is designed to purify water from all contaminants. To do this, you fill the bottle with murky water, then screw in the special purifying wand and press the button. BOOM! The water is treated to an measured 80 seconds of UV light that will remove all baddies from your water. One for the next bivvy trip we reckon. No, it probably doesn't work too well as a nightlight or disco accessory, but you could try. It does look pretty.
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At rest. When you're done purifying, the wand can fit into its special holster (right) for safe keeping)

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Now, there really are some water geeks out there. Camelbak has been repeatedly asked' by the public (that's you...) for a flow meter so that riders can keep track of how much they've drunk, and how much they have left in the reservoir. It's not something that normally comes to mind for us, we just squeeze the 'bak and see if there's any left. Regardless, this gadget screws in-line on your water pipe and not only tells you how much you've drunk and exactly how much remains in your bladder (the Camelbak one...) but you can tell it how much you want/need to drink an hour and it'll tell you if you're ahead or behind schedule. Not much good in Dorking, but possibly essential in the Moab desert.
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Camelbak's great tip-spouted bottles now come in unbreakable stainless steel.

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A Camelbak flow meter, today.

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A studio shot of the All Clear bottle, which shows it a little better than Chipps' handiwork

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We can see this being hugely abused in university drinking games.

And now, dear reader, the gallery of those ‘love them or hate them’ new snowboard inspired, hip new patterns that we’re all going to be wearing next year.

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Comments (16)

  1. Wow, an Optimus Prime themed CamelBak!

  2. reminds me more of ultra magnus he had more white on him.

  3. makes me think of captain america!

  4. So you don’t need a filter at all with the water purifier?

  5. Ooh, a name check for Teh Dorking. And no mention of our steel chicken…

  6. UV alone will not render ‘dirty’ water safe enough to drink. The more particulates there are in the water, the more places the bacteria can hide from the UV light. Without proper prior filtration UV is not going to guarantee you safe drinking water. So – carry a suitable filtration system as well as the shiny light in your bottle – which seems a bit retrograde compared to other systems.

  7. Its a pity that the school children that these new camelbaks are cleary designed for are probably not going to be able to afford them

  8. does the flow meter clip on the external pipe or run in the line?

  9. scu98rkr – Thinking about it, you’re right. Ultra Magnus…

  10. Does like the stainless steel bottles, doesn’t like the new colour schemes

  11. The flow meter fits in line with the hose, you slice it and stick it in the hose where you like, usually near the bite valve.

  12. but for low turbidity (nice and clear) stream water the uv thingy would be good. not convinced about the big area of water underneath the light that wont get exposed to the uv rays though.

  13. They tell you to upend the bottle during the 80 second blast. I’d agree that if it was super silty, it’s not going to be good, but then neither are iodine tablets. You can always strain it through your Buff before treating it.

  14. Through your butt!!?? how odd

  15. that makes sense then. It is the same technology as used on water treatment works across the world so as long as the instructions are followed it should be fine. more effective than iodine tablets too as would kill / deactivate stuff like cryptosporidium and leave no rubbish taste. cool.

    any chance of one to test? I am a water quality scientist so would be interesting to see how it performs (could try and get lab tests done too)

  16. matthew – then you’ll confirm that filtration is required before UV for it to be effective. There are a couple of bugs in cyst state that would be hard to zap.

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