Camelbak Classic Hydration Review

3.33 out of 5
By Greg Heil    on Oct 9, 2017

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January 8, 2018
Pros: Small for quick rides

Cons: No storage

Recommendation: It gets the job done

June 22, 2016
Pros: Small, light, and doesn't bounce around on a dh track. Carries loads of water as well.

Cons: Only has a single chest clip at the upper chest. Another one at the bottom would reduce its bounce to nothing.

Recommendation: Great help in the middle of the Australian outback. Also doubles well as a light weight pack for hiking. Love it and use it loads.

September 9, 2015
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: lightweight

Cons: too small

Recommendation: The pak is great for small edventures, and is light weight

February 9, 2015
Pros: This pack has a slim design and is lightweight which is great for shorter rides.

Cons: I have the older discontinued model with a smaller front pocket. It is not large enough for my cell phone, so I end up putting my phone in a plastic bag and keeping it in the reservoir compartment. For a smaller pack it moves around a lot when riding.

Recommendation: Use this pack for shorter rides, or if you have a seat bag to hold your spare tubes, snacks, etc.

January 17, 2015
Pros: Does what it should. Lightweight.

Cons: Only a 3x3" pocket for storage, only enough for a phone or Clifbar. Fully filled can take a sausage shape that doesn't sit well.

June 16, 2014
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Perfect for a 2-3 hour ride with a 2 litre reservoir. Light and feels small on your back. Doesn't get too sweaty on a hot day.

Cons: Small storage pocket, just enough room for a multitool and a spare tube. You'll have your keys and phone in your shorts pocket.

Recommendation: I have this and a larger day pack hydration option. Its great to have the option of my Camelbak Classic when i don't need to carry a bikeshop on my back

December 19, 2012
Pros: - it's very light
- its compact
- its sold on your back with no motion even half full
- its not possible to over load it

Cons: - 1 small pocket that will fit an old Blackberry World, a Kashi/Clif bar and a thin wallet.
- very little padding
- heats up the water on your back while you ride... which sux on hot days.

Recommendation: This pack has a purpose and when used for its specific design it is a great little pack. I grab this when I am heading out for a short ride on my regular loop, 2 or 3 hour ride maybe.

You would think this pack would be good on a hot day, but its not. it heats up the water and sticks to yer back.

December 18, 2012
Pros: -Comfortable
-No leaks

Cons: -Not enough storage to earn 5 stars

Recommendation: This pack is nice and small and doesn't feel like a bag of bricks on your back but it makes up for it's small footprint in a lack of storage.

June 18, 2009
Pros: Holds 100oz of water

Cons: Very little storage. holds cell phone, maybe a wallet too