Strengths: Plenty of water when you need it, the net is good for NUUN or Camelbak tablets, bars or other small klediments. Everything is replaceable (valves, bends, reservoir).
Weaknesses: Added weight on the back is bothersome for some riders, does not bother me much, until that hill at 80 miles. I suspect that the vastly overpriced cleaning tablets are just denture cleaner repackaged. Replacement parts are expensive unless you find them on sale. Brighter colors would be helpful. Smaller capacity bags are more cycling-specific than this model, but that could change in the future.
Strengths: Easy to store necessities into, convenient, holds enough for a three hour ride.
Weaknesses: Not a weakness, but having all the weight on your back like all other bladder systems. Also the fact that some roadies shun these nice inventions....
I use this when I go for my rides over two hours. It's really handy to put everything into the Camelback, such as an extra tube, tools, MP3 player, energy bars and cell phone. I almost prefer this over bottles, if it weren't for the extra weight on my back, but all bladder systems are like this...
Strengths: Capacity, storage ( you can put everthing you need for a typical ride in it)
Weaknesses: There is something on your back! A bit expensive for what it is.
I bought a used Cannondale, and the guy threw this in with the bike. Obviously, I replaced the bladder with a new one. I have mixed feelings about using a hydration pack for cycling. A typical water bottle (21 oz.) lasts anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours riding. The 70 oz. bladder is more than three times that. Now on a normal summer ride (3-7 hours) I would carry three water bottles (two in cages and one in the middle pocket on my jersey. Rarely do I run out of water and if I do, there are always conveience stores! But I do carry a seat wedge for the extra tubes etc. With the Camelback, I can eliminate the wedge and put the supplies in the pack, and eliminate the water bottles. Actually, if you always used a hydration pack, you could take your cages off too. Sometimes I will use both and I'll tell you why. I don't like using any kind of drink mix or Gatorade or whatever in the pack because they are harder to clean than water bottles. So I'll put some kind of drink in the water bottles, and plain old water (nothing better sometimes!) in the pack. This works great except one thing - you have this thing on your back. Now, when climbing, I'm often out of the saddle, and the pack becomes very noticable. It makes me feel like I've put on 10 pounds! So really, it boils down to a personal preference. I don't use it too much and prefer the water bottles. However, there are some times where you need the extra capaticty, in which case these things are unbeatable. Also I find that by loading the bladder up with ice, it will actually keep my back cool for quite a while into the ride. In addition, a helpful hint is to store the bladder in the freezer when not using, and you really will not have to clean it often at all.
Weaknesses: A little pricey, but no weaknesses so far.
The Rogue's been great so far. I have a bad habit of landing on my back when I wipe-out, and I've actually burst a bladder before. I've gone down only once with the Rogue and it's held up beutifully. I like the minimal carrying capacity. The pockets are pefect for cell phones, keys, etc. There's even a specific slot for a mini-pump. It's a sleek, efficient model that does its job well.
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If true, this is really sad:
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