I use a 2l Classic Camelbak and find that it is big enough to store a spare jacket, carry some spares & a first aid kit. Actually you will be surprised what I am able to fit in there. My Camelbak came out with this quicklinks feature, but I came across this today and thought I'll share this.
This nifty little quicklink is what prompted this post. They have made this new technology available for you to upgrade your old Camelbak connections and be able to reap the same benefits from it without upgrading your whole Camelbak.
This clever link allows you to disconnect your pipe from the reservoir without emptying the reservoir first, it has an 'autolock' that stops the water from leaking out. It saves you time as you don't have to weave the pipe from the camelbak and then empty it out. You just remove the reservoir and empty it out & let it hang to dry before it gets infested with mould! Remember once the mould is in, it is hard to get rid off. Prevention is better than cure.
Before your next ride you just fill the reservoir & re-connect it without having to faff with your whole bag & pipe under the tap. I find this very useful.
Instructions on how to do the conversion as on the Camelbak Website.
Retrofit any CamelBak OMEGA® or non-Quick Link Antidote hydration system with Quick Link™ components.
- Step 1:
Cut the tube 2"-3" from the base of the reservoir.
- Step 2:
Moisten the bottom threads of the Quick Link with rubbing alcohol and insert into the smaller tube with force. Repeat for drink tube.
- Step 3:
Unclick to fill, click in to drink.
Following these steps will give your CamelBak reservoir new life as a Quick Link enabled hydration system!