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CamelBak HydroBak Mesh Straps Hydration System

Last updated: October 20, 2021


Cyclists need a hydration pack that won't slide off during their ride. This model meets that need and goes a step above by using mesh straps that are completely breathable. Each pack is designed to provide enough water for a 2 hour ride.

We looked at the top Hydration Systems and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Hydration System you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Whether you ride competitively or for fun, this hydration pack has you covered for up to 2 hours.

In our analysis of 70 expert reviews, the CamelBak HydroBak Mesh Straps Hydration System placed 3rd when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

When all you want is water, this minimalist bike pack has you covered—enough water for a 2-hour ride, and a safe zip pocket for keys and essentials. The Crux reservoir also offers 20% more water per sip for faster hydration in the saddle.

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Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

This minimalist backpack may offer compact dimensions, but it packs a powerful punch when it comes to staying hydrated on the go. This is the right size to hold CamelBak’s 1.5l Antidote™ reservoir with its low profile design. It has a 1/4 turn easy open and close cap, an easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, and PureFlow™ tubing. Made from lightweight mesh material and weighing just 0.35 pounds, this is one of the lightest hydration backpacks you can buy. With an additional small front pocket and a reflective strip for increased visibility, this is perfect for cyclists, hikers, runners, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
Weighs just five ounces without water, mesh back panel and harness aid in ventilation, new Crux reservoir allows 20% more water per drink, and its leak-proof valves are easy to flick on or off.

What reviewers didn't like

This backpack may only be big enough to carry your car keys, hex keys, wallet, and glasses.
Doesn't offer much in the way of storage.
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