Camelbak Ratchet comes with a 3-liter Crux hydration reservoir and 3 liters of storage for the essentials. Other features include breathable air mesh back panel and external helmet hooks. It also comes with a removable stability belt, a feature we would have liked to see on Camelbak Classic. Weighing just around 300 grams, it’s also the lightest hydration pack with 3-liter reservoir from Camelbak.
Many higher end hydration packs include a magnetic tube clip for the hydration tube/hose. It makes clipping the tube in and out quicker and more effortless. Unfortunately, neither my Camelbak Classic or Camelbak Ratchet hydration packs came with a magnetic tube clip by default, so I decided to make my own. I wanted to make it universal in case I end up getting yet another pack. Blueprints available!
After every ride, you are supposed to clean and dry the reservoir of your hydration pack. If your pack uses a Camelbak Crux-reservoir you may have found it difficult to dry effectively. In fact, it seems that even Camelbak is aware of this since a hook and a plastic piece for keeping the pack open while drying is included in their Crux-reservoir cleaning kit. The price is a bit high at 20$ for just a few pieces of plastic, two brushes and a couple of cleaning tabs. Since the parts are very simple, you can do your own cleaning kit with minimal tools in less than an hour! Blueprints available!