CamelBak PowderBak

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The PowderBak, the latest addition to Camelbak’s…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Wearable hydration that also functions as a midweight baselayer
Size: Medium
Number of Pockets: No pockets
Max. Load Carried: NA - but carries a 72 oz bladder of water
Height of Owner: 5' 6"
Price Paid: Sample from CamelBak

The PowderBak, the latest addition to Camelbak’s line of hydration gear, is a wearable, full-zip mid-layer with an integrated reservoir. Now, you can use your core body temperature to prevent the water from freezing instead of a shot of vodka.

PowderBak is made with QuickFit, CamelBak’s proprietary compression fabric that offers optimal moisture-wicking and quick-drying capabilities in a lightweight, breathable material. It also acts as a comfortable, zip-up mid-weight base layer for added warmth. A 72-ounce hydration reservoir sits inside the HydroPouch, a compartment that comfortably supports and stabilizes the reservoir.

I’ve been testing the PowderBak this winter for both downhill skiing and cross-country skiing. I love it for downhill skiing because not only does it add an extra layer of warmth, but even when the reservoir is full, you can still lean back into chairlift. You can’t really do that comfortably with the traditional hydration pack. You also don't feel it when you wear it other then it feels like an additional baselayer. The hydration bladder itself is fully removable from the vest, for ease of laundering and the neoprene tube cover keeps water within the tube from freezing.

My neutrality for the PowderBak for cross-country skiing is completely vain. Does it keep me warm as another mid weight baselayer? Yes. Does it keep water from freezing? Yes. Does it make me look like a hunchback under the more form-fitting cross-country clothing? Yes. (The bulkier downhill ski jackets hide the hunch)

If you don’t care that complete strangers on the trail, people whom you’ve never met and presumably will never see again, could think that you spent your formative years with bad posture, you’ll like the PowderBak. I can also see it working well for winter hiking, snowshoeing and camping.

The PowderBak will be available in September 2010, in both men's and women's versions.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit CamelBak's PowderBak page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The CamelBak PowderBak is a hydration system that's actually integrated into a full-zip mid-layer. Core body temperature enhances freeze resistance.

- CampSaver.com

The CamelBak PowderbakTM Hydration vest for women integrates wearable hydration into a full-zip mid layer.

- REI

Forget about chafed shoulders and a bulky hydration pack on your back, and zip up the low-profile CamelBak Women's PowderBak Hydration Pack instead. Integrated into a stretchy and comfortable mid-layer vest, a 72-ounce bladder keeps you from going thirsty on your longer cardio adventures. When powder strikes, you'll be glad that the insulated drinking tube keeps your water liquid for quick access, and Quickwick fabric manages moisture to keep you dry as well as hydrated.

- Backcountry.com

CamelBak(R) Got Your Bak(TM) Guarantee: If we built it, we'll Bak it(TM) with our lifetime guarantee. Reservoir Features: 1/4 turn - easy open/close cap, lightweight fillport, dryer arms, center baffling and low-profile design, patented Big Bite(TM) Valve, HydroGuard(TM) technology, PureFlow(TM) tube, easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening. Additional Features: HydroPouch(TM): Innovative, integrated reservoir compartment encapsulates the 70 oz (2 L) reservoir to support and stabilize water weight on your back. Air mesh back panel insert keeps your back cool while insulating the water in your reservoir. QuickFit(TM): Plush compression fabric self-adjusts to comfortably hold and stabilize 70 oz (2 L) of water while conforming to your body. QuickWick(TM): Lightweight and breathable fabric with integrated stretch delivers moisture management and a performance fit.

- Rocky Mountain Trail