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.
Tool integration has been fashionable for a while now. Manufacturers offer a variety of different ways to carry all the necessary tools without ruining the looks of your bike too much. Topeak’s answer to this is their Ninja -tools. Currently available there is a micro pump that fits into your seat post, a chain tool that hides inside your handlebar like bar end plugs, and two different bottle cages with included tools. In this review, we’ll be focusing on the road specific bottle cage.
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!
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Camelbak Classic has been on the market for a long time. For a good reason, since it comes with anything you could ask for in a small package. Despite the packs’ overall size, it comes with 2,5 liter Camelbak Crux-hydration bladder and a half a liter pocket for the bare essentials.