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CamelBak Redesigned Reservoir for 2011

July 4th, 2010 [print] Go to comments

CamelBak has announced a completely re-designed "Antidote" bladder system for the upcoming 2011 model year.

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(photo by SingletrackWorld.com)

The new design of the opening incorporates a flatter shape that’s both wider and squarer with a 24 percent lower profile, not to mention lighter.  It also has integrated arms that swing down to hold the bladder open during drying.  My old method of stuffing a wadded up paper towel inside works, but this should do much better.  The screw top has also been improved, now requiring only a quarter turn to tighten.  The screw top on the Omega has always required a strong hand to keep it from leaking, and my wife usually needs my assistance to help her open hers.  The quarter-turn top should hopefully eliminate this.

One issue I’ve always had with CamelBak’s Omega bladder is how poofy it gets when filled with water.  The Antidote has an internal baffle that attaches the front and back of the bladder, keeping the stack height much lower.  This means less bulging of the bladder, so you won’t feel like you have a giant water balloon against your back as you ride.

The Omega has always used friction to keep the hose attached to the bladder, but the Antidote does away with this weaker design, now incorporating a quick connect/disconnect feature, meaning you no longer have to put any effort into taking off the hose.  It also auto-seals the opening on the bladder where the hose attaches, so that water doesn’t gush out when you take the hose off.  In the old design, if you needed to take the entire bladder out of your bag for filling or cleaning, you’d have to back the hose out of the bag’s routing system.  Now, you just disconnect the hose with a single click, and leave it in the backpack while you take the bladder out.

Having the quick connect feature also means you can run in-line add-ons, such as taste filters.

Check the following video from MTBR.com to hear Seth from CamelBak tell it himself, as well as reveal a couple newly re-designed bags.

Via MTBR, BikeRadar & BikeRumor

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  1. Verena
    July 20th, 2010 at 04:24 | #1

    There’s a nice video about the antidote from the german OutDoor Show this year. You can find it here:


  2. Verena
    July 28th, 2010 at 22:42 | #2

    In addition to that German video, I found a great English version of a video review of the CamelBak Antidote.

  3. Aaron
    July 29th, 2010 at 03:38 | #3

    Nice! Thanks, Verena. It’s cool seeing them side-by-side to see the difference in shape and size.

  1. July 4th, 2010 at 18:54 | #1