Full Review of the Camelbak Annadel Hydration Pack
The CamelBak Annadel is a multi-use hydration backpack designed specifically for women. It has been designed with a shape and fittings more suitable for female runners, hikers and cyclists. The Annadel comes in a cool blue colour and has a sleek low-profile design. Out of the a capacity of five litres, the water reservoir takes up 1.5 litres with the remaining 3.5 litres available for storing anything you need to take with you for your outdoor activities.
The bladder system used in the CamelBak Annadel is CamelBak’s own Antidote reservoir which they modestly describe as the ultimate cure for dehydration. The Antidote is an elongated bladder which seamlessly integrates into CamelBak packs and is designed to be light, low profile and easy-to-use. The external port has a wide opening and closes with a simple snap mechanism and is easily accessed without emptying your entire pack. This bladder system has been recently redesigned to sit comfortably against your back to leave extra room for other gear. Designed to be a stable component within the CamelBak Annadel, this reservoir has a hanger within its storage compartment to suspend the water weight and reduce movement.
As well as hydration, comfort is obviously also crucially important. The harness on the CamelBak Annadel is made from mesh for improved air circulation and there is an air channel running up the back panel for additional airflow. The shoulder straps are made from soft material meaning reduced chafing and increased comfort on the move. There is an additional chest strap which runs between the two shoulder straps and this improves the fit of the pack and reduces movement. Despite being lightweight, the Annadel is made from very tough materials and is designed to last.
When fitted properly, the CamelBak Annadel does not bounce around on your back or have excessive movement which is ideal especially when cross-training or fell running. It is also the perfect size for these activities as 3.5 litres of storage space is more than enough to keep energy bars, mobile phone, MP3 player, sunglasses and quite a bit more on-board. There are also a few external loops for clipping additional equipment onto such as a compass, torch or thermometer etc.
So in conclusion, this pack has been well thought through and does the job it is designed to. Most smallish packs come with either a one or two litre reservoir and at 1.5 litres this reservoir holds plenty for short to medium length runs and walks. Also, because of its small size and aerodynamic shape the CamelBak Annadel is a good pack for cyclists and can be used instead of the normal water bottles fitted to the bike frame. Perhaps not CamelBak’s finest pack, but certainly a nice addition to their range.
The CamelBak Annadel is a multi-use hydration backpack designed specifically for women. It has bee…
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