CamelBak hydration just keeps getting better with the Omega HydroTanium Reservoir.
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I've been using this for about a year now. I had my doubts at first. But it works really well. I do recommend getting the "Tube Trap" for it though. The only disadvantage is the flavor; but not having to carry a water bottle more than makes up for that in my opinion.
Ok, Lets all be honest here, these are not the best bladders available. I used these for 11 years before switching to platypus.
They may be slightly more durable than the competition, but I can say with confidence the previous omega bladders that I owned were no more durable than my platypus big zip.
The cap sucks, it tends to leak unless you close it really tightly. Thus, opening the lid later is a struggle.
The bite valve tends to leak, platypus doesn't. The big zip is also lighter.
I was a big fan of Camelbak. I still have my pack, it's been to 3 deserts, many alpine areas, and has thousands of biking and hiking miles on it. Honestly though, now there are lighter, better bladders available. I hope camelbak catches up.
is this 100 or 45 oz.? cuz i'm confused
is this 100 or 45 oz.? cuz i'm confused
The options run from 35-100oz, but the the only one currently listed as being in stock is the 45oz. Not much in terms of volume, and if your pack can handle the 100oz, that's what I would recommend, but if 45oz is what you want and need, you're good to go.
I'll second the motion on the versatility of the 100 oz. size, which to me makes the most sense. If I'm going on a short dayhike, I don't have to fill it, saving weight. If I'm on a hike with limited or no water sources, I can top it off. The cost difference and weight between the sizes is fairly neglible; if you're only buying one, get the 100-ouncer.
If the camelBack gets mold in it is there...
If the camelBack gets mold in it is there any way to save it or should I through it away?
CamelBak makes cleaning tablets, or you can use a couple tablespoons of regular bleach, or Listerine, or baking soda.
And, here's the scoop directly from Camelbak's site on how to do it-
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR CAMELBAK RESERVOIR
The best way to care for your reservoir is to clean and dry it after every use, especially if you fill the reservoir with anything other than water. However, theoretically, if someone didnt clean it after every single use, and mold or discoloration happens to develop
* Use hot water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda or bleach. Mix the solution inside your reservoir and hold it up above your head while you pinch the bite valve, allowing the bleached water to run through the tube. You can also use CamelBak Cleaning Tabs.
* Let the reservoir and cleaning solution sit for about 30 minutes.
* Wash the reservoir with hot water and mild soap. Be sure to completely rinse away any bleach or cleaning solution before using again. You can also use CamelBak brushes from our Cleaning Kit to scrub your reservoir and tube. Brushes are the best way to ensure you are scrubbing all of the areas of the reservoir clean.
* Once the reservoir is clean, be sure to air dry the reservoir so no moisture is trapped inside, which can cause mold to grow.
These steps will make your reservoir safe for use. If you have spots left from the mold, they will never come all the way out because the reservoir is permanently stained, but still safe and usable.
I've had mine for several years and never had a mold problem. After every use, I rinse the bladder with plain water and then clean it with a mixture of water and Listerine. Then I drain it but leave any residual liquid in the bladder. I store the bladder in the refrigerator until I'm ready to use it again. Just make sure you rinse out the listerine before using.
Looking to purchase 2 x 1.5 or 1.8 litre...
Looking to purchase 2 x 1.5 or 1.8 litre (approx. 50 oz) bladders to carry 1 in each front balance pockets of an Aarn backpack to give a total capacity of about 3 litres. Would like to know the dimensions of the 50 oz Camelbak Omega reservoir to check for fit in the backpack pockets - anyone help? (Can't find dimensions anywhere)..........
They're approximately 10" x 6" x 2"-3"
Thanks Matt! Looks like they'll fit OK. Cheers.
Been using camelbaks of different sizes for years. Haven't had one break on me yet. Even after the water within froze solid. Will keep buying them.
Over all this is by far one of the greatest reservoirs on the market today. Its durable and holds a lot of liquid.
Pros: Durable easy to use, Doesn't cost a lot, Holds plenty of liquid, High flow.
cons: Strait bite valve is a little awkward to use i would recommend getting the "L" shaped one.
Does its job!
You know some things just need to stay simple! I think this hydro bag does just that! It is nice for winter packs, easy big screw cap for water and cleaning, and a nice long hose! :) that's all you need!
Fits My Backpack Perfect Like!
Bought the 72 oz. version and fits like a glove in my Kelty Coyote 47500. I shall not dehydrate!
I started out with CamelBak reservoirs years ago. This one is a classic and is a no frills model that simply gets the job done. It does taste like plastic the first couple of times you use it.
I have switched to Osprey lately and they are a quality bladder too.
Does the bite valve leak? I like to add...
Does the bite valve leak? I like to add Emergen-C and other powdered drink mixes to my bladder to take the iodine taste out as well as give me a much needed boost on long trips into the backcountry, I am yet to find a bite valve that doesn't leave colorful little streaks down all my clothing, my last one left me smelling of strawberries 6 miles into the Griz infested Montana wilderness!
It does a decent job stopping leaks but like most bladders I have used it is not 100%. If you are looking for something completely leak-proof I would look for something with a shutoff valve, or just stick with Nalgenes.
Sadly I think it leaks way too easily. Mine has a shutoff valve and if I forget to flip it I'll start wondering why I'm sweating in a random weird spot before figuring out what's going on. It pinches way too easily.
It does alright, but one time after a long steep hike to a spring to fill my water at Havasupai, I set my backpack down on a rock while I took a dip, and when I got back to my pack the bladder was completely drained. The pack was sitting on the valve, and had squeezed it and let all the water out. After that I bought the hydrolock and haven't had any problems since.
What can you say about the originator?
I've been using CamelBaks since I first saw them many years ago. Whether in one of my packs, or strapped onto my tac vest for playing airsoft, they've never let me down. My personal preference is for the 100oz.
The Omega's wide mouth filler cap was the greatest upgrade CamelBak could have done. The narrower cap of the earlier version did not make cleaning very easy.
Do yourself a big favor, get the cleaning kit. Also, hit a homebrew supply shop and get a bottle brush for cleaning every little inch along the seams. If you don't stay on top of keeping them clean, that wonderful black biological sludge that grows in the crevices along the seams can leave you feeling like a king on the throne for hours...
so far no problem with this pack. i have in it the Hawg NV pack. probably the most convenient thing about this is how easy it is to fill up with the little handle under the lid. the only downside to it that you have to screw the lid on pretty tight for it to close. it thought the lid would be so waterproof that all you really have to do is lightly twist, but you really need to tighten it down or else it will leak in your pack
Bought this as a replacement for a bladder that developed a hole. The first time I used it the thing that struck me is the taste of the water, it was perfect. In addition the large mouth makes cleaning very easy as well as allowing you to add ice to the reservoir.
Decent hydration bladder
I've taken it on 5 trips for a total of 30 days on trail and about 40 refills. There are two problems with it.
Ive got the Omega with a insulated straw for snowboarding, however ive yet to take it snowboarding because even while hiking a short 16 mile day, im constantly nervous that I will arrive at my camp with a popped bladder, however it is still unpopped. The other problem is the nipple/bite valve is sooo easily broken. Its a pain. Ive got the locking valve and with out it, I would have immidietly bought a different one. The nipples are $6 and ive gone through 3 already, but i like chewing on it.
PS- do not put anything besides water, especially a fruit flavored drink, or coffee becuase for the rest of the time you own it, it will taste like watered down fruit punch or coffee... Gross
CamelBak Omega HydroTanium Hydration Reservoir
Five star rating from 103 other reviewers. Not much I can add. If you are hesitant on size, remember you don't always have to fill it full.
Add an insulated hose and an on/off valve and you are good to go. An on/off valve also helps prevent minor spilling when threading the bite valve through the backpack while packing before a hike(noticed my carpet was pretty wet, had the backpack resting on the bite valve opening it up)
Does anybody know if the 100 will fit into...
Does anybody know if the 100 will fit into an Osprey 50 Atmos reservoir very well??
I have the 100 and I can slip it into the back panel of my Osprey Stratos 40, so I would assume so
Yes, it will fit with room to spare.
I used it for a while it worked for a little while.But every once in while I would have cool sensation running down my back.A leak at the worst time.Gatorade on your rope.I stopped using camelbacks for a bit too many leaks.
Simply The Best
What more needs to be said here about these great reservoirs that hasn't been said by the previous 98 reviewers? I'll review it anyway, for a couple reasons. First, to give it the five-star rating it deserves, and bolster its overall rating here at Backcountry. Second, to reiterate the versatility of the 100 oz. size, which to me makes the most sense. If I'm going on a short dayhike, I don't have to fill it, saving weight. If I'm on a hike with limited or no water sources, I can top it off. The cost difference and weight between the sizes is fairly neglible; if you're only buying one, get the 100-ouncer.
Also, as I mentioned in my review of the CamelBak Fourteener, the hydration system is better than any other I've used, specifically the main competitor, Nalgene. The bladders don't leak at the hose connection, the bite valve, or the lid, and the bite valves flow better and are more comfortable to use.
I have noticed that when you buy a pack equipped with this reservoir, you get the Ergo Hydrolock valve included; when you buy a replacement reservoir, you do not. No biggie; they sell for about six bucks, but it's good to know when purchasing. All in all, this is my favorite and go-to hydration system for all my outdoor pursuits...
Does the fill opening on the omega...
Does the fill opening on the omega hydrotitanium reservoir connect with the exit opening on a msr miniworks filter the way a large-mouthed nalgene bottle does?
I can't find the exact diameter of the Omega HT, but I believe it's 80mm, whereas the Nalgene adapter for your Miniworks is 63mm.