I carry a Camelbak MULE when I ride. I started using them in my MTB days and still love them now that I ride nearly all pavement and gravel road/hard surface. I ride a touring bike, not a typical roadie. The Camelbak allows me to have more range and flexibility than water bottles alone. I have ended up carrying water in the Camelbak and gatorade in the water bottles. Great range extender, especially when it's really hot out. I also loathe the idea of running out of water, so I typically carry more than I think I will need.
I'm not gonna lie - I used CamelBak products for a long time, then I met the Geigerrig. I still respect CamelBak, and they do have some great features, but I suggest you read this review, which may help with your decision.
Yeah but it isn't the velominati cramping and thirsty when you run out of water. I wear one every single day I commute on road, hybrid, MTB or recumbent.
I have a Camelbak M.U.L.E. that I've owned since 2004. One bladder later and a few replacement bite valves, it is still going strong. I like their lifetime replacement promise, which has been excellent.
The Geigerrig certainly has its good points, I think that after the M.U.L.E. chassis gives up the ghost, I'll probably make the jump over.
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