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I've been meaning to post an update to my above 3/6/11: Now almost a year later having used this new "Antidote" reservoir system on a number of dayhikes, it turns out that all the concerns I had regarding this new CamelBak "Antidote" redesign have not been an issue to date. In fact, I am liking this new design, especially the ability now to remove the hose for easier cleaning and faster drying. Also, I do believe that with this new "Antidote" hose design, that CamelBak also corrected the old hose design delamination problem within the inner tube which use to cause me grief trying to find replacement hoses and me ending up having to purchase the insulated type hose since I could never find the plain hose in stock. So far I have not had any problems with the new design hose on/off connection using that new "O" ring design. Also, I have confirmed that the new "Antidote" reservoir design (less space needed width-wise) and the old reservoir design (more space width-wise) are interchangeable between the old design and new design CamelBak daypacks. The only issue I have is the added cost for the new CamelBak "Antidote" design which is more expensive than the older design, but both designs seem to be still be available and stocked by REI and such.Grasshopper wrote:This past January I purchased the newly designed Camelbak Fourteener 26 for my longer day hiking. It has 1587 cubic inches with enough storage compartments, overflow, and extra water bottle compartments to satisfy my need for all the stuff (my ~25 lbs worth) I carry on my day hikes for that unexpected overnight..
I would caution those who have in the past purchased Camelbak day packs and accessories to now be aware that Camelbak has redesigned a number of their day packs which includes this model mentioned above. They now have a new design/changed reservoir system and some of their day packs have been redesigned to accommodate this new reservoir system. They call it: "Antidote™ reservoir equipped with the Quick Link™ connection system for hassle-free removal of the drinking tube". I don't care for this new design, but I decided to keep my new Fourteener 26 day pack rather than take it back. The drinking tube does now disconnect for easier cleaning at both ends, but I don't care for their new on/off connection system which has a rubber "O" ring in the connection that I can see drying out over time-breaking and/or coming off to lose it. This new design will probably also add additional cost to the purchase of additional drinking tubes and to the purchase of the new reservoirs. Also, along with this new tube connection system, they have resigned the water reservoirs (2 and 3 liter) to take up less space "width-wise" in the redesigned day pack compartment, so now if you have previously invested in spare original design (wider) Camelbak reservoirs or want to use your original design reservoir in your new designed (Antidote™ reservoir) day pack, then it probably won't fit correctly.
My Osprey bladder is just the opposite and I like having the magnet to attach the mouthpiece to so I don't have to find a place for it thus not getting the hose or mouthpiece caught on something. I didn't realize I had a open/close position until it was closed once and I couldn't figure out why I couldn't get any water.WilliamnWendi wrote:Could be just me but when the valve is in the open position the little handle looks perfectly nested and protected from getting caught on stuff while hiking, and when closed the little handle is completely exposed and vulnerable to getting hooked on stuff.
No longevity problems here. The only complaint I have is the bite nozzle is too hard, so I use the one I've had for years. As long as the old one does the job I'll keep using it.Patrick L wrote:Just wondering how everyone's Antidotes are holding up at this point.
I remove the tube from the bladder after every hike and wash both out. When I'm getting ready for the next hike I wet the o-ring with water then re-insert it in the bladder before filling and so far never had any leaking issues.Bradshaws wrote:When I first bought it, there was an issue with it leaking at the bladder to line connector. I took it apart and lubed the seal(O rings) with food grade lubricant... This worked for a while but I have since put silicone "o" rings in place of the rubber ones. This has stopped the leaks.
I guess noise has never been an issue for me, but ever since my first CamelBak over 15 years ago I've followed the same sequence... Immediately after filling the bladder I hold it upside down and open the bite valve until all the air is out. While I initially did that to keep the bladder from becoming so rounded and making it hard to insert into the pack (not as much an issue with the Antidote) obviously it helped reduce the sloshing as well.Bradshaws wrote:The one down side to the Antidote that I have found is that it's noisy No matter what I do air will build up at the top on the bladder and slosh around.