- Anyone have one of the lumbar resevoir Camelbaks?
That’s what I was thinking. Normal packs turn into giant ‘back sausages’ when they are full. I was looking at a pic in one of the magazines of a new normal type pack & it was about 10″ wide & 14″ deep, which can’t be too stable?Posted 4 years ago
That’s why I thought these lumbar ones look a better solution.
Cheers guys, looks like I’m gonna get one.coolhandlukeSubscriber
Charge LR here, really like it. I think?
Putting the reservoir in and out is a bit more hassle than a normal back pack but all other points are +’s
Weight sits lower down, doesn’t ride up and smack me in the back of the head, plenty of space, hardly feel like I’m wearing it.Posted 4 years agoStefMcDefSubscriber
Anyone tried a Camelbak XCT? Selling ’em off cheap in Black’s at the moment, if you don’t mind having one in girly colours. Looks like a pared-down, minimal version of the same idea. The reservoir isn’t lumbar, but the storage space is – most of it is in the hip straps. Be interested to hear any real-world experiences of it.Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
I use a Charge LR, it’s the first Camelbak I’ve ever bought having gone from bottles. I wasn’t keen on Camelbaks at first thinking that all that water weight up high on my back would be cumbersome so I looked around for a while and watched mates ride with std Camelbaks and could wince watching the packs bounce around.. So I popped into Snow and Rock who have a Cycle Surgery and a range of Packs. I tried on the Charge and took a punt.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve been very impressed and now I don’t think I’d be without it. As said all the water weight is low in the back, the pockets are large and the two side pockets. Large enough to hold phones/keys etc.
It’s an excellent piece of kit.curiousyellowSubscriber
I have one. It’s 3 years old now I think, but pretty much bulletproof. It’s brilliant. Really comfortable when running as well.
Popped it into the washing machine with some tech wash the other day and it came out almost good as new too! Zip action is like the day I got it.Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
just been looking at these, I currently use a wingnut, brilliant bit of kit, low down, nice and stable and comfy for long rides even when full of gear. So was interested in the new camelbak LR stuff however looking at the pics I thought the same as tinybits, they seem very long (whereas the wingnuts are shorter with long straps, top of your back is uncovered, bit more breathable) It can be a slight faff getting them on sometimes twisted straps etc. I presume the LRs are thinner, closer to the back and so maybe even more stable? But does that limit what you can stash in them?
Anyone tried both LR and wingnut and can give us a comparison?Posted 4 years agoneninjaMember
I tried the Charge LR but didn’t get on with it. I think they would suit someone taller with a long back.
I’m a shorty with long legs and a short back so it just didn’t feel right.
As a result I have a little used excellent condition Charge LR in sky blue for sale if anyone is looking.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
Not keen on Camelbak packs in general – apart from anything else they tend to be quite heavy for what they are – I’ve never quite worked out why people feel the need for a cycle specific pack when the lightweight ones designed for running work so well. But I’ve got a couple of Inov8 packs with a similar horizontal reservoir. They’re ace – I definitely prefer having the weight of the water lower down.Posted 4 years ago
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