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The CamelBak Lobo is a form fitting pack ...perfect for biking, x-country skiing, anything with arm movements.  The sides of the pack are curved to all the arms to swing freely.  The padded shoulder harness distributes the full pack evenly on the wearer's body for balance and comfort.  We chose this pack because we wanted something we would be able to wear for hours without problems.

Built into to pack is a central zippered compartment.  Inside the compartment are pockets for keys, id, etc... There is also a mesh cargo container and lacing in the center to strap down a jacket or gloves.

The Lobo has a generous "six-pack" padding on the back.  The "six-pack" of padding had a secondary function, to lift the pack away from the body so air can flow in the channels.  The pads were also covered in mesh to help keep the wearer cool and comfortable even during vigorous activities.

Water is drawn from the reservoir by suction...just unlock the tap and bite on the mouthpiece and suck.  The mouthpiece will automaticaly seal off the flow when release.  To insure that no liquid leaks out, close the tap with the yellow tab.

The water reservoir' open is large quick and easy refilling.  The large opening also made it easy to reach in to clean and dry the bladder when maintenance is needed.  The rim of the bladder is rigid so it can be supported by the bag for better weight distribution.  When filled the entire pack will weigh about five and a half (5lb 8 oz) pounds.

There is a chest strap to keep the harness in place when worn.  The chest strap will slide on the rail so the wearer can set a custom fit.

There are other nice details throughout the bag... such as drink tube guides built into the shoulder harness, velcro ties to keep the excess strappings neatly contained, and a removeable waist strap.

We will try this CamelBak out during our snowshoe trip and report back on it performance.  Check back at the end of the year to see what we thought of the Lobo!




Lobo Hydration System

By Wan Chi Lau

How long can a person live without water?  An average person can live for weeks without food, but only around a week without water. Our bodies are about 65% water. So, if we don’t drink enough, especially when it is hot out or exerting ourselves, it can be dangerous.

When we are out in the wild, even in the wilds of Boston, we always bring along some water.  If we know we may be out for awhile, we bring along a CamelBak hydration system.

CamelBak has continued to improve its design since it was first introduced back in the early 1990s.  They have come a long ways from a modified saline drip bag connected to a nalgene tube!

In this FirstLook review, we'll take a close look at the CamelBak Lobo.

In the FirstUse report, we'll let you know how well it performed in a snowshoe hike.


1. First Look

2. First Use

3. In The Wild Report


Review Summary:

Initial Impression- Nice contours!

Usability- 2 Liters capacity

Durability- Test in progress

Price- $60


Photography by Wan Chi Lau
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