Camelbak - The SlipStream

I did do a search for camelbak usage threads before making this thread, and didn’t find much at all.

So, does anyone have the Camelbak SlipStream? As soon as the weather cools off a bit I’m gonna be (hopefully, if time allows) hitting the trails, and I’ll need some easy hydration access while still being able to jump over roots and hold my own on rough terrain, downhill, etc. The slip stream is 50 oz. (1.5 L) with about 49 cubic inches (.8 L) worth of cargo space, which should be enough for my little patch kit, my allen wrenches, and maybe a couple energy bars.

Oh, and it’s about 40 dollars - and it comes in red, to match both my 24" DX and my helmet! :smiley:

So, is this a good deal? Is 50 oz. enough for little 1-2 hours rides, you think?

Not in my opinion. I regularly drain a 100 oz in that amount of time, especially in Texas. The Camelbak Mule is more of a correct range for MUni, in my experience. It has plenty of storage for your stuff without useless superstructure, so if you find that 100 oz is too much, then you’re not carrying extra weight for no reason.

In colder regions, the Mule has enough straps or cords to hold a fleece vest, a windbreaker or rain shell, and a pair of mitts or hand shells.

I’ve had the one I’m using for several years now.

I’ve gotta agree on this one - I would find myself (while distance riding) using 5L or more of water a day, and doing a two hour trail just about drains my 2L hydration pack with the MUni on the go, especially if it’s sunning on me. More capacity is a good thing, as you can always fill up more for longer rides, but it’s usually hard to find water on the trail.

I tried to do moab with a 70oz rocket and it wasn’t enough. I had to strap on a nalgene on the back. I have a mule now and I love it. You don’t have to fill it all the way if you don’t want the extra weight. Rationing water on a muni ride sucks, so I like to have plenty.

The mule also has about 500cm of cargo, so you can put in a camera and things. I would either go mule or the hawg, if you want to carry even more stuff. It’s not a horrible idea to have a small hiker’s survival kit if you are doing muni in remote areas alone. (flashlight, emergency blanket, pancho or coat, change of shirt, tools, food, cell phone, first aid, whistle, etc) You never know when you’re going to have to spend the night out there. You can carry all that in a mule, easy, and it won’t weigh much at all.

With the mule you also have room to put in extra bladders.

I just got the camelbak classic yesterday which is 2L. It is very low profile and doesn’t move around when I ride. I havn’t used it for Muni yet, but it was great on my coker ride. I don’t think I would want any less than 2L though. I will probably leave extra water in the car for after long rides.

Hm. Blech.

I looked at the camelbak classic too, maybe the extra water would be better. Is there any storage space at all in the classic? Like any little pockets just to slip some allen wrenches in? Cause after listening to ya’ll’s experiences, the extra water is much better, plus it’s the same price and color.

My strategy is to have two (or more) hydration packs. One small capacity one (50 - 70 oz) that is convenient but doesn’t have much storage space, and one large capacity one that holds 100 oz and has room for an additional bladder and gear storage if necessary. It’s more convenient that trying to get one hydration pack that does it all.

For most of my muni rides I use a bum bag style pack that holds 70 oz. For most of my Coker rides I use a bum bag (similar to a CamelBak FlashFlo) that holds about 50 oz. It’s generally enough for my Coker rides cause I’m in areas where I can refill if necessary. For bigger rides I have my large capacity backpack style hydration pack.

It also depends on where and when you ride. In Texas and humid areas you are going to need more water than I do in the cozy comfy Northwest.

A 100 oz pack with room for gear should be the starting point. Then look around for some smaller packs for shorter or cooler rides.

I’d agree with JC here, and also with U-Turn. If you can only afford one, go big, then get smaller ones if/when budget allows. I currently have a Camelbak Cloud Walker, which is fairly roomy for storage, and has a 70 oz bladder. It’s starting to show some wear and tear, and I’ll definitely be heading for a Mule when it’s time to replace it. For any big ride, I find the 70 oz. either barely adequate or inadequate. Often I toss a sport bottle of water or gatorade into the pack as supplement. On my 32 mile ride today, I started with 70 oz. and had to stop twice to add additional 24 oz bottles into the bladder, plus downing two 24 oz bottles of sports drink. All that over 4 hours with no need to pee.

The cargo room is nice too. With the bigger Camels, they have cinch straps so you can tighten things down when you don’t have a lot of gear in there. But it’s nice to have the space when you’re planning on being on the trail all day, far from stores or phones. You want room for pump, food, camera, rail gear when applicable, all sorts of stuff.

It’s 02:15 AM in San Antonio and our local weather folks say it’s 82 degrees with a heat index that makes it feel like it’s 89. I can’t wait to see what happens when the sun comes back out.

I use a 100oz bladder and regularly drain it. Nothing is more important than having enough water in hot regions. One should never try to save on weight by sacrificing ones water supply. When I rode yesterday (nearly 4 hours) I easily emptied the bladder and still lost 5 lbs of water weight. I had pre-hydrated big time in the hours before the ride and I was on the road before 7 AM to miss the main heat of the day.

Remember, just because it’s a 100 oz (or bigger) bladder doesn’t mean you need to fill it up all the way for shorter rides. But it’s nice to know you have the capacity when you need it.