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3L Camelbak for $19.99...

Not sure how long this is gonna' last, but found this last week:

http://www.botachtactical.com/cath3l10deca.html

CamelBak ThermoBak 3L / 100oz Desert Camo

http://www.botachtactical.com/cath3l10deca.html

For those of you who ride in the heat, or those who like to ride long-distance and would like to have access to hydration without having to stop and drag it out of the top-case, this is a RIDICULOUSLY good deal. (Camelbaks in the 3-liter capacity run as much as $200, the thermobak doesn't have any other storage capacity, but is thick neoprene, so if you fill it half-full with ice and the other half with gatorade or whatever you drink, it'll stay insulated and cool--or I guess if you're half-crazy, you could fill it with coffee and it would stay warm?)

Have at it.


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post #2 of 15 Old Sep 7th, 2010, 4:37 pm
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Re: 3L Camelbak for $19.99...

I don't like a backpack on my back while riding, so I keep a CamelBak liner in the main compartment of my tank bag with the drinking tube poking out the end of the tank bag's zipper. I can pull it out, take a sip, and push it back. It is very convenient. I wrap the liner in an old kitchen towel to absorb sweat and provide some insulation. I fill the bag with ice, then add water to top it off. At fuel stops I ask politely if I can refill my liner with ice and water from the soda fountain. So far, nobody has said no.

When I went to buy a CamelBak liner, I found that it was cheaper to buy a backpack and then remove the liner.

A 1.5 liter CamelBak liner is a tight fit in my Engage tank bag main compartment, which is small. If I were doing it over again, I would buy a larger tank bag and a larger CamelBak liner.

I looked at the 3 liter CamelBak in the ad Pete mentioned, and wonder if the mouthpiece is the standard "bite" type or something else.
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Re: 3L Camelbak for $19.99...

It is a good deal but they want 12 bucks for shipping. I was going to order one until I saw that.

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Re: 3L Camelbak for $19.99...

FYI, a 3L liner alone retails for $30.00--so if you bought one, it's essentially $2 for the insulating pack.

and yeah, it's the same "mouthpiece" that you bite to enable liquid flow.



Buy one, don't buy one, doesn't matter to me.

Camelback also sells a 40" "tube extender" that allows you to then have more than four feet of tubing from the thing--I ordered one of those from the local REI shop for $9.60, will then just strap the thing to the back of my back-up backrest or hell even the top rack of my top case (or luggage on long trips).

I've been watching them on eBay for over a month, haven't seen anything that was NEW for anything close to this (and it really bothers me to imagine buying a USED one--who the heck knows what you'd end up with?)

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Re: 3L Camelbak for $19.99...

Pete, did you wind up buying one of these?
Or anyone, are they a good shape to wear on the LT for long trips?

Wouldn't mind getting 2 (one for me, one for her ladyship in the passenger compartment) but looks like shipping might be complicated (as usual...).
The same unit seems to be about AU$200 over here... bloody robbers.

Whats the difference betwee these and the "classic" type camelbak (never even seen one, so no idea...)

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Re: 3L Camelbak for $19.99...

Yup, I got one.

The difference from that and the "standard" models is that it isn't a "backpack with a waterbottle"--it's just the waterbottle with straps, essentially. But, it's a waterbottle that's covered in neoprene, so it's an insulated waterbottle--the standard ones just put the resevoir in a pocket, no insulation. There's about 15 varieties of the "standard" models, different types of backpacks, essentially, for bicyclists and hikers, marathon runners--all the way up to military versions that are in gigantic packs, that's why this one is $20 and some of the "standard" ones are ten times that.

I filled mine to the top with ice, then put gatorade in it, went for a three hour ride in 95 degrees, when I finished, I still had ice. Don't think a standard one would have done that, but I never tried one so I can't say for sure.

I should be a salesman for these guys...

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Yup, I got one.

The difference from that and the "standard" models is that it isn't a "backpack with a waterbottle"--it's just the waterbottle with straps, essentially. But, it's a waterbottle that's covered in neoprene, so it's an insulated waterbottle--the standard ones just put the resevoir in a pocket, no insulation. There's about 15 varieties of the "standard" models, different types of backpacks, essentially, for bicyclists and hikers, marathon runners--all the way up to military versions that are in gigantic packs, that's why this one is $20 and some of the "standard" ones are ten times that.

I filled mine to the top with ice, then put gatorade in it, went for a three hour ride in 95 degrees, when I finished, I still had ice. Don't think a standard one would have done that, but I never tried one so I can't say for sure.

I should be a salesman for these guys...
Pete,

Is the "waterbottle" (liner) removeable?
Is the insulation part of the liner or part of the pack?
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Liner slips out of the neoprene carrier which has backpack straps. I used the straps to secure it to my backup backrest

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Re: 3L Camelbak for $19.99...

Thanks Pete. I've put in an order for 2... will see how we go with shipping costs...
just another add-on for my "round Oz" adventure next year.
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Re: 3L Camelbak for $19.99...

Guys;

I ordered and received two (2) of these. They are well made, and the color is not that bad.Well insulated and should last quite a few miles when filled. Hot or cold.

I sent them a bank transfer, and made sure they shipped by USPS to reduce the shipping costs. Total cost 39.98 and 12.00 shipping costs to Canada.
These are quite a bit more expensive in Canada, around 60.00 each was the cheapest I found.




Won't need these till the spring here!

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Thanks Pete. I've put in an order for 2... will see how we go with shipping costs...
just another add-on for my "round Oz" adventure next year.
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Thanks for the link Pete. Got mine ordered.

Don't miss the fact that you can save 10% by using the code "stimulus" during checkout.

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Wish I could join you, my friend!
Yeah, that would be fun! Would be good to have another bike travel with us. I might get the chance to link up with some other aussies on a couple of sections... who knows.

If you want a taste of what it'll be like... have a look at the video on the Snowy Ride web site... 50 bikes going round OZ right now that'll finish up at the charity event for kids cancer, Snowy Ride. Video & pics of the first 8-10 days I think is online... http://snowyride.org.au/

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Re: 3L Camelbak for $19.99...

I just wrestled with their form for over half an hour but finally got the order in. Now waiting for shipping costs. Thanks for the heads up.
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Well this sucks. They finally got back to sending me the shipping costs amounts and bank details, all up to get 2 of them to Australia would be US$65.91. Thats not too bad.....
Now for the punch-line... to do an IMT (International Money Transfer) my bank fees here are about $25, the I'm told the US banks could charge upwards of $50 or more between them to get the money to Botach's account!
This has become not worthwhile..... unless someone in the US (with a PAYPAL acct) feels like ordering a couple for me and on-shipping, and I'll transfer the $$ through Paypal... anyone?

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