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We review this Camelbak hydration system.

Camelbak Ultra LR Hydration Pack

While the racing applications of this pared down pack are limited for triathletes, it’s a really nice piece of kit for long, slow Ironman training runs or long rides when you have nowhere to stop for fuel. The two-litre reservoir is plenty for most people but there are also two bottle pouches. The large mesh pocket on the back isn’t really secure but is perfect for stuffing extra layers in. Large zip pockets on the sides will take bars and gels as well as your phone, keys and anything else you’d need on a run or ride. The low, horizontal reservoir makes it really stable, with the weight spread across your lower back and hips so even fully packed it hardly budges. The straps are very adjustable, with strong Velcro at the tops and pull-loops at the bottom which can be moved easily while you’re running. Our 5’4” tester still found it too long adjusted as small as it would go though, so if you’re on the short side you’ll need to try this on in a shop; we found that with just the reservoir (no bottles) it still held firmly enough to run comfortably, but it could get annoying to have the shoulders moving around. We’d also like softer fabric edging on the straps, which aren’t very comfortable if you’re wearing a sleeveless run top.

Very well designed pack, perfect for Ironman training,but check the fit.

Performance 4/5
Value 3/5
Overall 3/5

This review was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.

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