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Camelbak Lobo„¢

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Capacity: 70 oz (2.0 L) Dimensions: 17 in x 8.5 in x 4 in (432 mm x 216 mm x 101 mm) Volume: Cargo – 63 cu in (1.03 L) • Total Volume – 180 cu in (2.94 L) Weight: … see full wiki

1 review about Camelbak Lobo„¢

Another Great Product from CamelBak

  • Mar 16, 2003
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Pros: External Water Filling, Fit and Finish, Cargo Capacity.

Cons: Somewhat difficult to fill completely with water.

The Bottom Line: An excellent product because of its functional design, fit and finish and CamelBak's attention to detail to make sure it works well.

Bought this as a replacement for an old (ten years) CamelBak original with a Packster sleeve on it. My old CamelBak was getting long in the tooth and I was looking for a replacement. Took a look at a number of offerings that now are available from CamelBak, Performance, HydroPak and others and eventually went back to CamelBak because they offer the best line of hydration packs in terms of functionality, quality of workmanship and fit.

Now that I was able to narrow the choice to a particular company, the choice now was narrowed down to need. I chose the Lobo because it functionally was similar to my old CamelBak system. Here is how my old system compared against the Lobo:

Water Capacity: The Lobo with its Omega reservoir carries 72 oz. of water vs. my original at 70 oz. Winner- Lobo

Water Filling: The Lobo is designed to be filled without taking the reservoir out vs. my old CamelBak which needs to have its reservoir pulled out of its jacket each time you want to fill it. The Lobo uses a screw-on cap for the reservoir while my original uses a pressure-fitted cap that over time wears out and leaks. The only downside to the Lobo design is that the pressure from being in its jacket makes it somewhat more difficult to completely fill the reservoir with water. Other than that, it is very easy to fill. Winner- Lobo

Cargo Capacity- Both CamelBaks have provisions to haul things. Both have two separate pockets similar in size to carry keys, energy bars, tubes, etc. at approximately 110 cu. in. The difference is that the Lobo does this with two separate zipped pockets while the original only uses one. The Lobo even has a key hook that my original CamelBak does not have. Both use a bungee cord system to carry a shell jacket or tires. Both also have a mini-pump sleeve but my original CamelBak can carry a larger diameter mini-pump easier than the Lobo. Winner- Tie

Fit- The Lobo comes with thicker shoulder padding were the highest stress points on your body would be. It also fits lower onto your body for a better aero position and does not hit you in the back of your helmet as my original CamelBak. Included with the Lobo is a chest strap to prevent side-to-side motion that my original CamelBak does not have. Also, the Lobo has better ventilation for your back so that you don't feel as sweaty as my old CamelBak that rests on your back. Lastly, the Lobo has its tubing routed through either the left shoulder or right should strap in order for the tubing not to literally flap in the wind. My original CamelBak does not have this provision which can make it more difficult to find the bite valve while riding. Winner- Lobo

Safety- This is one area that I liked that CamelBak addresses with the Lobo that was not addressed with my original. The Lobo has integrated reflective stitching on the upper and lower portions of the pack to help you to be seen at night by motorists. There are no reflective provisions on my original CamelBak. Winner- Lobo

Ease of Use- Both CamelBaks use the newly design bite valve with integrated water shut-off. This is the standard that all hydration systems manufacturers should strive for. Never a problem with leakage and the water flow is tremendous. Winner- CamelBak vs. Competition

In summary, I have been always quite pleased with the CamelBak line of products and the Lobo is definitely a winner in my books. With its ease in filling, leak-proof design and excellent fit and finish, I would not hesitate recommending this product to someone else in need of all-around hydration system.


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