Published on May 13th, 2012 | by Rita0
By Land Or Sea, Enjoy Summer With Camelbak
Summer is coming, and for many that means a chance to hit the trails or the water. Whether your favorite mode of transportation in warm weather is on water, wheels or walking, we have something for you today.
You may remember a few months back when I talked a bit about the Camelbak Groove water bottle, and had concluded that while probably not great for hiking, it’s a good bottle for daily life. After several months of use, my Groove has gone from being a handy thing to have around to one of the things I never leave my house without.More recently I got my hands on an insulated Groove and I love it just as much. Once again, it’s a 600mL bottle, complete with plant based carbon filter and a leak-proof bite valve, but this one also has a second layer of BPA free plastic, that helps to keep the water inside cool, and reduces condensation on the outside of the bottle. Both bottles fit in my water-bottle cage on my bike, and are amazing to have when flying. No more strange tasting water from odd airport water fountains, because those filters really do their job. Replacing them is a cinch too. Speaking of water bottle cages on bikes, I’ve also got a Podium Big Chill to tell you about. This 600mL bottle is also functional for bikers and non-bikers alike. In fact, due to it’s light weight, it would ostensibly even be good for a short hike, if you didn’t feel like going with a full reservoir. Of course, it’s designed specifically to be used with a bike: the valve is a self-sealing jet valve, so there’s no twisting or turning the valve, no popping it up or pushing it down. You pick it up, squeeze or suck, and put it back down. It won’t spill or leak when not in use. Once you’re off your bike you can twist it shut, and the positive lockout function will insure that it will not get water all over you or your bag, even if it ends up underneath things.
Last up is the Molokai SUP vest. For those of you who don’t spend much time in Hawai’i or on the water, SUP is stand-up paddleboarding, and is a really fun sport that can be an amazing workout, or a great way to unwind and relax. (There are even people who take their SUP boards out and practice yoga on them!) I don’t often get the opportunity to test a product in the most literal sense of the word, but in this case I did. My pack went with me to the island of Moloka’i, and joined me on an 8-mile long ride along the south shore.
The bag itself is chock full of neat-functional things. It’s made without any metal parts, so nothing can rust. The fabric is water-resistant, so it dries quite quickly, in the event you end up in the water. There is a pocket for a lumbar PFD, as well as a safety whistle, sunscreen, small snack, and even storage for your keys and phone (provided it’s safely in it’s Lifeproof-case, or other waterproof case). There is even a holster for your paddle, so that you can have free hands to use said suncreen or snack. The idea is that you have what you need with you, including 2L of water, so that you can stay out on the water for hours, if you care to.
I feel like this is a first attempt by Camelbak, and while there are some really good features that should be kept- the execution of this particular pack still needs some refining. The bag got passed around to several friends, and the only one who was truly comfortable in it was the guy who is 6’ tall and 160lbs. The pack was too big for me and another woman who is shorter than me, despite being quite adjustable. Neither of us were able to get it to fit snugly- both of us weigh around 115lbs, she’s 5’5” and I’m 5’8”. Two men, between 6’1” and 6’3” and 190 and 220 lbs, both with athletic builds, felt it was too small. To be fair, there are three different models of SUP hydration packs, and the other two may be better designed for women and men who are slightly larger than average. I would love to see Camelbak make the Molokai in a couple of sizes though, because the concept is great.
As always, get out, keep moving and have a great time!