CamelBak Charge 450 Review

Hydration Pro Reviews

Antidote Reservoir
The new Antidote reservoir (70 and 100oz) is pretty amazing, and Camelbak has done a full redesign of the unit, adding many features and functionality, and has caught up to the competition’s innovations. The 90 degree bite valve worked quite nicely, and was easy to draw, and didn’t leak, although the shutoff lever was sometimes tough to turn on and off while wearing gloves. The screw cap for the fill port takes only a quarter turn to open or close, and it does not get stuck and require brute force to open, and the fill port has a wider diameter hole for easier filling and cleaning. The baffle helps lessen the stack height or thickness, to keep the reservoir from bowing out when it’s full. They added an auto shutoff quick disconnect, named the Quick Link, which allow you to disconnect the reservoir from the drink hose, which facilitates cleaning, filling and drying.

The fill port has a handle which hooks into the drop slot of the packs zippered rearward hydration pouch, helping to keep it stable and secure. Hidden on the fill port’s sides are two plastic drying arms, which pop out and hold the reservoir open for drying, which is done with it hung upside down.

Measured Specs:

  • Pack weight – 463.7 grams
  • Antidote weight -199.9 grams
  • Size – 17″ x 9″ x 6″

Bottom Line
The Camelbak Charge 450 is an excellent lightweight and comfortable pack, which has enough capacity and pockets for a multi-hour ride. The LE back panel and the 3D shoulder strap system worked in synergy to create a pack that is extremely flexible and conforms to the back like its vacuum packed against it. For its small size and plethora of lightweight materials in its construction, the pack carries a load quite nicely, without feeling like a burden on the back. It has some hip lift on some terrain, isn’t at its best if overstuffed and the sternum strap pulls poorly from the sliders on shoulder strap’s webbing.

The Charge 450 is comfy, highly flexible and conformable, and its feathery lightness and design make it seemingly disappear on your back.

Strengths

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Flexible and conformable
  • Helmet pouch
  • Antidote reservoir: quick connect, dryer arms, 1/4 turn cap, reduced stack height

Weaknesses

  • Sternum strap pulling off shoulder harness
  • Mild hip lift on some terrain
  • Shouldn’t be overstuffed

MSRP: $99

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

Charge 450 Specs

  • Visit the CamelBak Charge 450 website
  • Material: Mini Ripstop with DWR + 1000mm PU coating, 210D Nylon with DWR + 400mm PU coating
  • Hydration Capacity: 100 oz (3 L)
  • Total Capacity: 763 cu in (12.5 L)
  • Pack Weight: 16 oz (450 g)
  • Torso Length: 16 in (40 cm)
  • Antidote features: Quick Link System, quick-seal cap, lightweight fillport, dryer arms, center baffling and low-profile design, Big Bite Valve, HydroGuard technology, PureFlow tube, easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening
  • Back Panel: L.E.™ (Lightweight Exoskeleton)
  • Harness: Ultra-light 3D mesh Independent Suspension
  • Belt: Fixed 1 in / 25 mm 840D lightweight tape with cargo pockets
  • Additional Features: XC helmet carry, Media pocket
  • Colors: Lime Punch/Graphite, Formula One/Frost Grey and Moroccan Blue/Frost Grey

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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