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CamelBak Charge 10 LR Hydration Pack - 500cu in

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Weight where you want it.

The Camelbak Charge 10 LR Hydration Pack puts the majority of the pack weight where it should be carried–on your hips. The two-liter reservoir is good for two to three hour rides, and the large pocket has plenty of room for gear and tools.

The most important design aspect of the Charge 10 LR Pack is its lumbar reservoir system, which keeps your water (the majority of your pack weight) on your hips for comfortable, efficient carry. The upper area of the pack carries 500 cubic inches of gear, so you can carry lunch and an extra layer along with your usual tools and tube.

  • Lightweight LV back panel with vertical ventilation channels that allow your back to breathe
  • Tough, lightweight 40D, ripstop, 230 D taffeta, and 210D nylon fabric with 1000mm water-resistant polyurethane & silicone treatment
  • New Antidote reservoir includes a lightweight, quick-seal cap, folding arms on the port to speed drying, and baffles in the body that allow the reservoir to maintain a lower profile when full
  • New Quick Link system in reservoir allows you to quickly snap off the tube for cleaning and easily attach accessories like filters, flow meters, and insulated tubes
  • HydroGuard anti-microbial technology inhibits bacterial growth on reservoir and tube surfaces
  • Ergo Hydrolock shut-off valve allows you to control water flow and prevents leaks
  • Bike tool organizer pocket
  • Stretch overflow pockets for extra gear

Tech Specs

40D diamond ripstop, 230D nylon taffeta, 210D nylon, DWR coating, PU coating (1000mm)
Reservoir Volume:
2 L
1 bike tool organizer, 1 media, 1 stretch overflow
Compression Straps:
Locking Bite Valve:
Claimed Weight:
1 lb
20 x 23 x 6 in
500 cu in
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Very Versatile

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the Charge 10 in Black for two summers now. Overall, I've been very happy with it. I predominately use it mountain biking, but have also used it for day hiking as well. Two liters of water has been enough for most days, it doesn't ride up on your back, and it has enough storage for bike tools, a replacement tube, backup headlight, a rain jacket, and other miscellaneous accessories. I use the hip pockets a lot and was very pleased to find that my new iPhone 6 (in a Mophie case) was able to fit inside easily. Another pleasant surprise is how weather-proof the fabric is. Last summer I spent a weekend riding at Raystown Lake in PA with some friends. The first day, we rode in pouring rain for a couple hours and nothing in my Camelbak got wet - including my phone & food in the hip pockets.
Now, I do agree with the other reviewers that this is not an easy bladder to refill and it's not easy to clean either. But, I think it's a worthy tradeoff for the comfort it provides.

p.s. Lexi is correct - this is not designed for Petites. I'm 6'5", 195 lbs and it fits perfectly. But my Mom has tried using it - at 5'7" - and it has been too big for her.

Hip Hydro

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the previous year model of this pack and it is by far my favorite hydration pack I have used to date. It is light , well constructed , has easy to access hip pockets but the best feature is the water distribution. Having a bag of water hit you in the back of the head on a steep downhill is not fun. This pack solves that issue.
The downside as others have mentioned is that the bladder is difficult to put back in the pack.

At least it carries water...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The concept of carrying the load lower on the body is great but the execution of the final product could use more refinements. I agree with the review earlier that it is difficult to refill and replace the bladder back in the pack. After squeezing the bladder into place you have to route the hose through four other holes/straps before you can get going.

The large surface area, of the pack, can get mighty hot and sweaty. It reminded me of getting a long sweaty hug from that weird Uncle that no one wants to invite to family functions but does anyways.

The pack itself uses a lighter material and has secures decently and did not move around much (Petite riders may want to read Lexi's review here).

The bladder is two peace, u don't route every time... I put the reservoir in and snap in the hose, done in under 5s.

Avg. ride time: 3h 6m per week
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Difficult to refuel.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've never had a problem with Camelback's however this one was difficult to refuel in the middle of the race. In order to refuel with water you need to take out the entire bladder and then carefully placed it back in. This takes up a lot of time. For this reason alone I give it two stars.

Great, but petites beware...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have last year's version of this hydration pack. I really do like the way the pack is set up, carrying the water along the hips seems to feel better than the usual vertical column of water on the back. It has lots of handy pockets and I've used it for 2 years with no durability issues.

I do think that the 'one size' isn't ideal for petite folks. I am 5'3" and this pack really is just a bit too large for me. Even cinched all the way down, the fit could be a little bit better. This really doesn't bother me too much when hiking or biking, but I was really uncomfortable when I took this pack trail running. It was bouncing around like a jumping bean.

If you do possess a smaller frame, you may consider grabbing a women's specific pack for a better fit.