User Review: CamelBak Alpine Explorer
- Nice mesh pocket in the middle
- Organization in the front pocket
- Not made for long torsos
- Hydration compartment poorly designed
- Hydration tube only designed for right hand side
- POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE RESPONSE
I am not sure how people over 6' tall are giving this pack good reviews. They must be all legs and no torso.
I am about 6'4" — it IS NOT designed for someone with a longer torso in mind. If you never wanted to use the hip belt then you might be alright...but this pack is kinda big to be filling up and putting all that weight just on your shoulders...after about 4 hours of hiking this becomes painful to my back/neck. This pack is not what I would expect out of Camelbak.
Also, the hydration sleeve sucks. Instead of having a loop to hang the bladder from, there is this little "pocket" that the handle part of where you fill the bladder hooks into about 1/3 of the way down into the pack (not sure what that piece is called). This causes the bladder (and all its water weight) to 1. be lower in the pack than I'd like and 2. it's dropped down so far that the hydration tube doesn't have enough length. I had to turn my head to the side to sip water. It needs a loop at the top of the pack to hook the bladder on to.
Also, even though the port for the tube comes out in the middle (theoretically) you could run it down either side...there is only a clip to hold the tube on the right end of the chest strap. This wouldn't be a big deal if the strap were reversible.
Also, Camelbak's customer service is awful. I asked a few questions via email (since they won't give a phone # to call about product support) and it never took them less than 6 days to reply. It took 10 days on one question and my most recent question still hasn't been answered almost 2 weeks later.