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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 2008, 3:45 pm Thread Starter
 
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Camelbak

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Camelbak systems. Yay? Nay? Pros and cons? What say you fellow GT owners and riders (I like the sound of that, GT owners, hehehe).
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 2008, 4:18 pm
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Keep mine in my tankbag. The only way to go if you're going to take a trip.

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I used a Camelbak for a SS1000 (Chicago to Denver) in July a few years ago. It was about 104 degrees when we went through Omaha, and it didn't improve much from there. I'm not sure I would have made it without the Camelbak. The only thing to remember is that the first sip, after a long interval between sips, can be pretty warm.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 2008, 4:28 pm
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Camelbak YES

1. If I'm trying to make miles in summer, the camelbak works well & is really helpful. Avoids that pre-dehydration head fuzz in the afternoon.

2. I'm a Camelbak brand fan, since the company was the 1st to really open the market.

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I find one useful if it's really hot and I'm going across lots of miles with few places to stop in between. I also find them to be a pain in the ass cause when it's hot enough to use they get piss warm before I can even get half way through them. I tried stopping and putting ice from the store in it but also a pain. Find it just as easy to buy a cold drink from the same store, probably easier. However they do serve their purpose in keeping the dehydration from coming on too quick.

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If you wear a full face helmet, you'll want the 90 degree mouthpiece adapter so you can get the thing in your mouth. I have one attached to my forest fire pack for the summer, handy to be able to drink and work. The insulated pouch and hose are a must to keep the water somewhat cool. the bite-valve cover is nice too, keeps the valve free of dust/bugs.
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Yes the insulated drink tube is a must. I beleive it is actually sold as a cold weather option to keep the water in the tube from freezing, but works just as well to keep the water in the tube cool between slurps in the summer. The kit also includes a cover for the bite valve also to prevent freezing.

I fill my 100ml pack with ice, then top off with water, and its usually good for 200 miles in the heat. The regular intake of the H2O prevents the mind and body numbing of dehydration.

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If you wear a full face helmet, you'll want the 90 degree mouthpiece adapter so you can get the thing in your mouth. I have one attached to my forest fire pack for the summer, handy to be able to drink and work. The insulated pouch and hose are a must to keep the water somewhat cool. the bite-valve cover is nice too, keeps the valve free of dust/bugs.

Is this an option available when you purchase it or some kind of add-on?
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The 90 deg adaptor and the insulation package are both options.

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I use one also when it's hot. It has made the 90+ degree days much more bearable.


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