Name: Fuzzy Monkey (David)
Date of Review: April, 2012
Photo Album – Camelback Omega 2L Reservoir
BACKGROUND: I’ve successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. I also have numerous other backpacking trips under my belt. The weather conditions I’ve dealt with range from the desert heat to higher elevations in the mountains. I’ve dealt with thunderstorms, hail, extreme winds and most weather conditions in-between. I choose to use a 2L CamelBak reservoir as part of my hydration solution for both my AT & PCT thru-hikes. It is also the reason I wrote this review.
DISCLAIMER: Whenever I talk about my hikes people always end up asking me what type of gear I took with me. This review is to answer those questions and to further expand how it worked for me. This particular Camelbak reservoir is several years old. I still use it every now and then but have since replaced my primary hydration reservoir.
Product Information: Camelback Omega 70oz 2L Hydration Reservoir
Year: 2007 or older
DESCRIPTION: This is a 70oz / 2 litter capacity hydration reservoir. The reservoir is collapsible and made of plastic material. The fill access is a nice large twist open style design. The plastic ring around the opening is oversized with a large lip on one side. The tubing is a flexible plastic topped off with a comfortable mouth piece.
REVIEW: I carried the Camelback Omega reservoir for over 4,000 miles. This was the primary gear I used to carry m water for both thru-hikes. Because of the design, and the method in which I used it to attach to my backpack, this worked out extremely well for me.
I actually took this reservoir out of my Camelback Omega Pack and used inside my Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack. At the time I was looking to try and save a few dollars by re-using what I already had. Since my Omega pack had its own reservoir, I removed it from this pack and re-purposed in my Atmos 65. This turned out to work really well. See the photo album for more pictures how I carried this in my backpack.
Here is what I ended up doing. Since the Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack has an open pocket of space in back (Airspeed), I ended up using this extra space to carry my hydration reservoir. There is easy access from inside the pack to this open area. There is also a nice little clip on the pack which made securing the Camelbak Omega Reservoir easy and convenient. I also like the weight balance and how the pack carried with a full 2 litter of water in this space. If you speak to any backpacking professionals they always recommend carrying the heavier weight closer to your body. Moving my Camelback hydration to the open space on the back of the Atmos 65, I was able to accomplish this weight balance.
PERFORMANCE: One thing that came up a few times during my Appalachian Trail hike was how people carry their water. I was surprised to have spoken to several hikers who had issues with their hydration packs leaking. I don’t remember what model or brands they were using, but it seemed to be a common issue I noticed and remember to this day. I’m happy to report I never had a problem with my Camelbak leaking. Except for the few times I did not the cap screwed on tight enough. This was totally user error on my part and nothing to do with the performance of the Camelback Omega’s design or function.
The only minor complaint I have about the Camelback design and performance is the mouth piece. I only say this because I found it hard to keep clean. Readers should be aware that I was thru-hiking at the time and did not always have the opportunity to clean it properly. I would go weeks and months sometimes without being able to clean it. Not entirely a big deal but after awhile the bite valve does seem to build up some nasty funk. My recommendation is to soak the mouth piece as often as you can and certainly after any big trips.
CONCLUSION: I’ve used my Camelbak Omega 70oz / 2L water hydration reservoir for over 4,000 miles. Yes, I’m satisfied with the performance. One thing that stands out for me is how I used it in conjunction with my Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack. Because the Camelback had a nice clip towards the top this made it really easy and nice to hang in my backpack.
Fuzzy Monkey Likes:
- Size and dimensions ideal
- Large handle around the opening
Fuzzy Monkey Dislikes:
- The hose does not quick connect easily
- Mouth piece hard to keep clean
Fuzzy Monkey Approved: YES