CleverHiker.com – Exciting New Products from Outdoor Retailer 2022 – CamelBak

From CleverHiker.com

The CleverHiker team spent last week walking the halls of Outdoor Retailer in Denver, drooling over all the awesome new outdoor gear coming out in 2022/23. OR is one of the largest gear conferences in the world, and we were fortunate enough to meet up with some of our favorite companies to get a sneak peek at their upcoming innovations. We put together this article to share the inside scoop on the new products we’re most stoked to get out on a trail!

CamelBak Octane

The updates on the CamelBak Octane Hydration Pack for Spring 2023 are looking very enticing! Like the original Octane, this pack combines the convenience of a pocketed harness (like a running vest) for quick access to small items with the gear and liquid capacity of a daypack for longer outings. The new model will have a little more structure in the back panel while still being super lightweight and comfortable. It will also include the 2L version of CamelBak’s latest premium Fusion Hydration Reservoir, which has a unique waterproof zipper and a backer plate for less bulge. We can’t wait to test the Octane 22L, which has great potential to become a top pick on our Best Hydration Packs list.

CamelBak ChillBak Pack 30

We have several backpack coolers on our Best Coolers list, but we haven’t seen anything quite like the CamelBak Chillbak Pack 30 that’s launching next month. What’s really unique about it is that it comes equipped with a large 6L Group Fusion Hydration Reservoir with a spigot to refill cups and reusable water bottles. There’s no doubt that this beast will be heavy to carry when full, but we think it’s a brilliant solution for toting ice-cold water on road trips or a large batch cocktail to the river for your crew. You can also get a Filter Kit that’s compatible with this setup, so you can filter water from natural sources for your group while camping in primitive sites.

Camelbak Leakproof Tumblers & Cocktail Shakers

We were immediately drawn into the Camelbak booth by the rows of enticing color stories on their water bottle walls, and we were even more intrigued once we got the full scoop on their soon-to-be-released drinkware lines. Highlights include a leakproof insulated tumbler for commuting with hot coffee or keeping a fresh juice cold, and the leakproof cocktail shaker for making perfect mixed drinks while you’re out and about at the beach or a park gathering with friends.

For the rest of the CleverHiker list check it out here.

New York Times – Wirecutter – The 7 Best Water Bottles – CamelBak Eddy+ and Podium

By Eve O’neill from Wirecutter.com

The 7 Best Water Bottles

With plastic water bottles (along with plastic bags and plastic straws) occupying the top tier of socially unacceptable single-use accessories, reusable water bottles that are both good-looking and functional feel like a necessity in this modern, hydration-obsessed world. Finding the right one to match your own personal taste depends on what you’re looking for amidst a riot of colors, shapes, and features.

After putting in more than 120 hours of research—and testing over 100 bottles since 2014—we’ve chosen the seven best water bottles in a number of materials and styles, from our most versatile pick, which has elbowed its way past more well-known competition, to an inexpensive bottle with a straw, beloved for its functionality in any driving scenario. Whether you’re looking for a bottle to drink from while driving, a glass bottle (if you’re averse to plastic), or a plastic bottle (if you’re averse to high prices), each of our favorite water bottles offers a little extra to anyone who has been annoyed by imperfect hydration.

Why you should trust us

Since we first created this guide in 2014, the Wirecutter hive mind has tested more than 100 different bottles, over many hundreds of hours in our day-to-day lives.

With the increased popularity of metal water bottles, we wanted to get some insight into how that double-walled insulation works. So we called NASA, the best experts on thermodynamics we could think of. Via email, we interviewed Wesley Johnson, a cryogenics research engineer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

We also spoke to urban planner Josselyn Ivanov, who wrote her masters thesis for MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning on the decline of publicly available water, aka drinking fountains. “In the absence of investment and maintenance [in drinking fountains], many people fill the void by hauling around their own personalized infrastructure,” she told us.

And between three different writers and nine years of testing, we’ve seen over 100 iterations of the same object. These things all do the same thing, from the hard-plastic Nalgene that steamrolled college campuses in the 2000s to this $5,000 Chanel bottle that looks freshly looted from Blackbeard’s treasure chest. When you’ve used water bottles with triple-digit price tags as well as different, less expensive versions that do the same basic thing, you know which one works best.

Who this is for

The cultural juggernaut that is the modern water bottle continues its slow and steady human takeover, and we have found evidence that this could be a good thing. Pretty much everyone can benefit from having a water bottle they love.

Carrying a reusable water bottle is better for the environment and more cost effective than buying pre-bottled water. According to a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters (PDF), bottled water production in the US alone in 2007 required somewhere between 32 million and 54 million barrels of oil. That’s roughly 2,000 times as much as the energy cost of producing tap water. Since then, bottled water sales in the US have grown from 33 billion liters to 52 billion liters in 2017, surpassing sodas and soft drinks.

For shoppers, bottled water is also a thousand times more expensive than tap water. Add the fact that in 2009 nearly half of all bottled water sold in the United States was nothing more than pricey, prepackaged tap water (PDF), and it becomes difficult to argue with the value of a well-made reusable water bottle.

Great for the car

A bottle with a straw lets you drink without tilting your head back, the easiest way to drink water while keeping your focus on the road.

Our favorite bottle for the car: Camelbak Eddy+ (25 ounces)

Color options: 11
Size options: 20, 25, and 32 ounces
Lids available:
 straw lid (included), Chute Mag, Carry Cap
Dishwasher safe:
 yes

Get this if: You want something easy to sip from while driving, or you want something that helps you drink water throughout the day (our unscientific findings lead us to believe straws make it easier to slurp down).

Why it’s great: This bottle has an integrated straw in the lid that features a plastic bite valve to keep it sealed, something anyone who has owned a CamelBak hydration pack will be familiar with. Just bite down to open the straw, and release to seal it shut. That leak-free lid makes it an ideal driving companion—it fits in a cup holder and is easy to sip from while you’re keeping your eyes on the road. And if you want to transfer it to a bag, the bite valve folds down into the lid, shielding it from too much contact with the world.

Also, if you have daily hydration goals, there’s something about a straw that makes it easy to mindlessly consume the 20, 30, or 40 ounces of daily intake you may have ahead of you. If that sounds like you, the Eddy+ comes in a 32-ounce size that would be easy to fill once, plop next to your laptop, and hit your goal for the day.

Straw lids are the most ergonomic option for easily sipping a drink in the car.

The straw lid twists off to reveal a wide mouth that’s easy to add ice to—handy if you want to keep your water cold. However, this is a plastic bottle, so adding ice could make it sweaty. If you want to avoid that, the insulated version should prevent moisture from gathering on the outside of the bottle.

You can swap out lids on this bottle with two others that CamelBak makes: the Carry Cap and the Chute Mag, a spout lid we’ve tested and liked because of how easy it is to drink from, similar to our top pick.

The Eddy+ is an updated model, and with this redesign CamelBak has addressed reports of the bite valve leaking or not functioning properly. The one we tested worked great, and neither the lid nor the valve leaked in our tests. This bottle is BPA-free, and all pieces, including the cap, lid, and straw, can go through the dishwasher. CamelBak offers a Lifetime Guarantee against defects in the manufacturing and materials, and it will replace them if they’re defective.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: You do have to bite down on this straw and hold it while you drink to get the water flowing, which may not appeal to some. But overall we didn’t find it cumbersome, and we soon forgot all about it.

A lightweight squeezie

This squeeze bottle is leakproof, light enough to throw into a carry-on for a flight, and cheap enough that if the TSA forces you to ditch it, the loss won’t break your heart.

An ideal air travel companion: CamelBak Podium (21 ounces)

Color options: seven
Size options: 21 and 24 ounces
Lids available: squeeze lid
Dishwasher safe: yes

Get this if: You want a travel bottle. This bottle was invented for a bike cage, but a regular ol’ squeeze bottle is useful for so many things, specifically airport travel. I personally own (and use) just two types of water bottles, and this is one of them.

Why it’s great: Basic, lightweight, and cheap, a bike squeeze bottle makes a great travel companion, and we like the CamelBak Podium in particular. It has a twist lock that provides extra assurance that it’s closed tight when you toss it in a bag—plus, it’s dishwasher safe.

For years, we looked for a reliable collapsible travel bottle, but we’ve been disappointed so many times: The HydraPak flops, the Hydaway tastes plasticky, the Vapur and the Platypus collapse (in a bad way), the Nomader doesn’t pack down very small. And the implied way to carry a travel bottle correctly—clipped to a backpack or belt loop—always leaves them swinging around haphazardly in our experience. We’ve recommended all of these bottles in the past, but we’ve always been left wishing there was a better way.

A bike squeeze bottle is now our sincere recommendation for airport travel. In addition to its being light and relatively compact, if the TSA takes it, you’ve lost only a few dollars instead of your investment in an expensive insulated bottle. You could also take the Thermos Hydration Bottle we recommend, but this CamelBak bottle has fewer moving parts if you don’t want to fuss with the lid or flip lock on the Thermos. Our other recommendation would be to buy a plastic bottle in the airport that you then use for the rest of the trip.

Two types of Podium are available: the original and the Podium Chill, which has a reflective material in the lining meant to help keep water cold. We haven’t found that this lining makes any difference. In our tests, the liquid in insulated squeeze bottles warmed 17 degrees over six hours, the same as in a glass or unlined plastic bottle. For that reason, we wouldn’t bother with the lined version and instead recommend the original.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The lid on this bottle is not covered, so if you dislike the idea of this bottle swimming around in a bag with the drinking surface exposed, you may like the Thermos better.

In addition, this bottle’s squeeze valve does not push in and out, as on other models; instead, the mouthpiece is static, and the plastic piece inside releases water when you apply pressure to the bottle. So if you are using this bottle for cycling, and you have a ton of dust and dirt on your ride, some may get stuck in that mouthpiece.

Gear Patrol – CamelBak LifeStraw – Best of the Year

From GearPatrol By Hayley Helms and Steve Mazzucchi

The Best New Outdoor Products of the Year

If “innovate or die” is the mandate, these forward-thinking releases are surefire survivors.

This story is part of the GP100, our list of the 100 best new products of the year. Read the introduction to the series here.

While outdoor lovers may savor the primitive appeal of “getting back to nature,” the products we’re taking with us are more high-tech than ever. Just witness some of the category’s coolest recent launches, including custom snow goggles, carbon-plated trail runners and an insulated jacket made from ocean plastic. Now relax, cave people: our list still has room for a butt pad, a camp shoe and a machete. But true to the thrust of the industry, this machete folds.

Camelbak Eddy + Filtered by LifeStraw

When two notable outdoor brands enter a marriage of convenience, we take notice. Such is the case with Camelbak and Lifestraw: The pioneers of on-the-go hydration teamed up with one of the finest filtration companies in the business to create a line of water bottles, bladders and standalone filters that make purifying water in the wild easier and more reliable than ever. The Camelbak Eddy + Filtered by Lifestraw 32-ounce water bottle is not only vacuum insulated, spill-proof and leak-proof; it also contains a replaceable two-step filter that removes unwanted substances from your water. We’ve seen other water bottles with filters before, but none present such a winning combination of affordable price point and ease of use.

Whether you’re sourcing from a stream, river, lake or other natural body of water, once you fill your bottle, the filter takes care of the rest: Water passes through the first stage, the Hollow Filter, which removes bacteria, parasites and microplastics. Then, the water travels through the Ion Exchange filter, which reduces the taste and odor of lead, chlorine and other chemicals.

Camelbak didn’t just integrate Lifestraw’s capable filters into their vacuum-insulated Eddy bottle — it’s also included in a recycled plastic bottle as well as a two-liter reservoir, so there’s an option for every kind of drinker. The short of the long? Buy this bottle and enjoy clean, safe water on demand, wherever your adventures take you.

  • Insulation: Double-walled 18/8 stainless steel
  • Construction: BPA, BPS and BPF-free
  • Capacity: 26 ounces with filter, 32 ounces without
  • Price: $70

For the rest of the Gear Patrol 10 best new products click here.

CamelBak Chronicles ft. Hog Island Oyster Co. + New Horizon Drinkware

At Hog Island Oyster Co., the crew works hard each day to stay hydrated while sustainably harvesting oysters right in our backyard.

CamelBak – Thirst For More

When good is only a stepping stone. When reaching the peak is just one of many. When comfort zones are no longer comfortable. When the horizon is simply a new challenge. When you are driven to push beyond. THIRST FOR MORE.

At CamelBak, our mission is to continuously reinvent outdoor hydration and carry solutions that empower an active lifestyle. Our vision: Accompany every adventure. Join in every journey.

CamelBak X Camp Chef: Smoked Old Fashioned Drinkware Recipe

From CamelBak.com

Smoked Old Fashioned

Serves 1

Ingredients:

·      1.5 Tbs. Simple Syrup

·      ¼ cup whiskey, bourbon, or brandy, etc.

·      ½ cup lemon lime soda mixer

·      Dash of bitters

·      1 orange sliced

·      1 cherry

Instructions:

Preheat your Pellet Grill to 180F to batch of smoked simple syrup. While the grill pre-heats add 1 cups water to 1 cup sugar. Dissolve. Pour into your 12” Skillet (or sheet pan with at least 1-2-inch-high sides.) Place on the bottom rack for 2 hours. With heat guard gloves, remove from the pellet grill and cool completely. Bottle in an airtight container such as a mason jar and store in the refrigerator for up to a month. 

Slice oranges and drain your cherries. Place your cherries on a small baking sheet on the top shelf of the grill. You can place the cut oranges direct on the bottom grate next to your Cast Iron Skillet. Smoke oranges and cherries for 10-30 minutes according to your smoke preference (10 minutes being for a little smoke and 30 minutes for a lot of smoke.)

Pour simple syrup mix to cover the bottom of your CamelBak Horizon Rocks Tumbler. Add ¼ cup of your alcohol of choice Stir. Add ice. Stir again. Add ½ cup of your favorite lemon lime soda mixer. Stir until foamed. Garnish with smoked orange and/or cherry.

For a mocktail use barley tea (steeped for 10+ minutes) instead of the whiskey. Bitters tend to have a very minute amount of alcohol in comparison to the actual drink. Keep it as is or purchase non-alcoholic bitters like Dram.

Gear Patrol – Camelbak and Lifestraw Team Up to Purify Your Water

By Hayley Helms From GearPatrol.com

CamelBak and LifeStraw

The two brands have released a new collection of bottle and reservoir solutions, designed to purify water on any adventure.

Are you ready a new kind of portable filtration?

CamelBak and LifeStraw have teamed up to launch their first-ever filtration collaboration. Combining the portability and durability of CamelBak with the filtration tech that LifeStraw is known for, the new collection features several integrated water bottles and reservoirs, as well as standalone filters.

Integrated into each of the bottles and the reservoir, the Eddy + filtered by LifeStraw technology utilizes two stages of filtration to remove anything nasty from your water. The water first passes through the Hollow Fiber Filter, which CamelBak says removes bacteria, parasites and microplastics. The liquid then moves through the second filter, the Ion Exchange Filter, which reduces lead, taste and odor, chlorine and other chemicals in the water.

The Bottles

The Eddy+ filtered by Lifestraw Vacuum Insulated Bottle allows you to enjoy fresh, clean water anywhere you go.

The Eddy + filtered by LifeStraw technology comes in three bottle styles and sizes: Eddy + filtered by Lifestraw 32 ounce vacuum-insulated bottle ($70) and the Eddy + filtered by LifeStraw with Tritan Renew, available in both 20 and 32 ounces ($45 and $50, respectively). The Vacuum Insulated option features double wall vacuum insulation, and is BPA, BPS, and BPF free. It comes in three different colorways, and the Eddy + straw cap is spill-proof when open, enhancing its functionality.

$70

The Eddy + filtered by LifeStraw with Tritan Renew is available in both a 20 ounce size, as well as 32 ounce, and is made with using a recycling process that’s more efficient than standard mechanical recycling, easing the impact of the bottle on the environment. The bottles are odor and stain resistant and free of BPA, BPS, and BPF. Both sizes of the Eddy + filtered by LifeStraw with Tritan Renew come in three colorways.

$45, $50

The Reservoir

The Crux 2L Reservoir Filtration Kit combines the flexibility of a backpack reservoir, with the safety of Lifestraw’s filters.

The Crux 2L Reservoir makes it easy to feel confident in your drinking water, no matter where your adventures take you. CamelBak integrated LifeStraw’s two-filter system in the Crux, as well as its own Quicklink System, leakproof on/off valve and leakproof cap, all of which combat the possibility of a flooded reservoir (and unhappy camper).

Along with the water bottles and reservoir, CamelBak is also offering a full range of standalone filters, able to match the unique and varying filtration needs the user may have.

The entire collection helps filter water here at home, but also gives back: for every CamelBak filtered by LifeStraw product purchased, a child in need receives safe drinking water for an entire year.

The entire collection is available online today.

CamelBak Commute Bike Packs

CamelBak H.A.W.G. Commute 30 and M.U.L.E Commute 22

Adventure happens daily. CamelBak’s new line of everyday commute packs accommodate all the necessities for your daily routine. Smart and roomy designs paired with the fit and comfort that CamelBak is known for, these are sure to handle the daily grind.

GearJunkie – Our Favorite Gear This Month – GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Stove

From GearJunkie Tested by: Chris Potter, Community Manager

GSI Outdoors – Pinnacle Pro Stove

Highly anticipated since winning GearJunkie’s Best of Show award at the Winter 2019 Outdoor Retailer Show, the Pinnacle Pro Stove from GSI Outdoors is the most compact and capable camp stove for elevating your camp kitchen experience yet. With strikingly modern looks, an extra-slim design, and refreshingly adjustable BTU burners, GSI Outdoors has reimagined what a camp stove can be.

Whether it was an omelet, a steak, or just a lot of rice for a camp stir fry, the Pinnacle Pro Stove made quick work of it during my testing. When I’m car camping, I tend to try and get a little indulgent with my cooking. And a stove that gently simmers and quickly boils like the Pinnacle Pro brought with it cooking confidence I’ve never before felt at the campsite.

At 1.4 inches thin, this stove is the portable future of car camping stoves. The Pinnacle Pro Stove should be available in late August or early September (pending supply chain shortages), and it will likely be in high demand once it hits store shelves. Camp chefs, car campers, overlanders, and base campers — this is your stove.

NSMB – CamelBak Chase Protector Vest Review

From NSMB By Andrew Major

CamelBak Chase Protector

This Is Spinal Wrap

Saying that I had an excellent experience with Camelbak’s original Chase Bike Vest is an understatement. The product is the hip-pack-killer anytime I’m carrying more than my wallet, emotional support jacket, and some extra gloves. I love how the Chase vest stays put descending, puts my cellphone in the best possible position if I should need it on the solo ride emergency, and holds exactly the right amount of gear – including my 4/3 camera – without getting unwieldy. In fact I’ve recommended the Chase a number of times to riders looking to take water, tools, and snacks along on their DH bikes .

I know that hip-packs are for everyone, and backpacks are not, and Camelbak’s bike vests are an exceptional example of neither. Camelbak quite obviously sees the vest line’s potential beyond marathon XC racing and bikes-sans-bottle-mounts because this latest vest option includes a CE Level 2 back protector.

The Chase vest is great for all four seasons. For epic rides I add the included 2L bladder but usually it just holds stuff and I carry water in bottles on my bike.

Chase is easily the most breathable on-my-back pack that I’ve used. The mesh straps help but credit to Camelbak for thinking about ventilation throughout.

The back protector doesn’t add any warmth compared to the original Chase Bike Vest. The system is heavier but also has a much larger volume.

At first, explaining the combination of a hydration vest – popularized by runners and long-distance XC riders – and back protection sounds a bit strange but with familiarization comes infatuation as I usually don’t ride with a hydration bladder. I’ve popped a bladder once falling on my back wearing a pack, and given the awkward shape and rigidity of some of the items I carry – like a camera – the idea of the back protector separating me from my sh*t during a crash is appealing.

Compared to the original Chase Bike Vest, this protective model is more than twice as heavy (780-grams v. 330-grams) empty but it’s important to note that doesn’t just come down to the back protector. The Protector-Vest has more than double the storage capacity – which is way too much for this layout – and has room for a bladder with an extra 1/2 litre of liquids (2L v 1.5L). It even has a helmet holder and while that’s not a feature I’d bother with, it’s a great place to store a wet jacket when the tap turns off.

The Protector-Vest is much better laid out for mountain bike gear storage compared to the original Chase, which was re-purposed from Camelbak’s running lineup, but I’d go as far as to suggest it has double the volume that it should in terms of being able to load the design with crap. My concern is that, for future products, Camelbak will compromise the best aspects of the vest – airflow and the mesh harness – in order to improve the ergonomics of the Protector Vest when it’s loaded. If you need to carry a backpack load of stuff then wear a backpack.

The new vest can carry a 2L bladder and 6L of gear. This is a dangerous combo for the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink packer because the vest format is best with a lightweight load.

I wish every pack used mesh straps and had a convenient, built-in, and excellent fitting, front access cellphone pocket. It’s never uncomfortable or in the way like an add-on pouch will be.

Thanks to the 3D ventilated mesh harness, the vest is amazing at staying in place in even when using my best dance moves to keep the rubber side down on janky trails. It breathes better than any backpack you’ve tried. My usual load is either the same as my hip-pack or when I’m carrying my camera or extra water, I’ll make sure the majority of my tools are in my frame bag & on my bike. If there’s going to be heavy rain I’ll also pack a real rain jacket and if there’s a solid chance of lighter precipitation my Goretex vest comes along. I’m a notorious over-packer so I have to really stay on top of myself. Last week I pulled five pairs of gloves, two multi-tools, and a full bottle of water out of the Chase. The performance was much improved after.

I wish there was a built-in weatherproof compartment, or that the whole bag was weatherproof, but not if it would have any effect on breath-ability. There is no back pack that breathes as well as the Chase and I’ll happily stuff my vulnerable gear in a dry bag for really wet days if that’s what it takes to keep it that way.

I’ll also make a special mention about the dual-sternum-strap and lack of a waist belt as it’s the thing I get most often asked about. I love not having a waist belt, and wouldn’t want one on any pack except where they stabilize loads under maximum effort. The Chase stays put beautifully, better than any pack I’ve used, and a waist belt is absolutely unnecessary.

Between Two Vests

Three pocket jerseys aren’t my thing. Merino jerseys sag ridiculously with any amount of weight in them and standard road jerseys that combine stretch and support feel awful as soon as I start getting my sweat on. When it’s raining in the summer I’ll wear the Chase vest over my Goretex vest. On a warm day, I’ll just wear it over a Merino T. It’s those crisp days that I’m getting excited for because this season I’ll be sporting the Chase Protector Vest over a nearly-new, fairly-old, CoreRat vest that my friend Sarah found in her closet!

Thanks to the Chase vest’s birth as a marathon-XC product, with easily accessible snacking and just the right amount of space, it sits perfectly above the Cordura pockets of my CoreRat. Doing short rides without any packs the CoreRat actually has plenty of space to comfortably carry my wallet, phone, and snacks, but even when combined with the Chase vest there are plenty of lightweight things to shove in those pockets so that I don’t need to remove my pack to access them.

The Chase vest interfaces perfectly with a three-pocket jersey is that’s your thing. Personally, I’ll only be taking advantage of the cut when wearing my CoreRat vest.

I can access all three pockets without removing the Chase Protector Vest. I’ll keep extra gloves in there, a mandatory blinky light, or snacks.

When it comes time for costume changes the Chase is very quick to adjust. Even when interfaced with thicker garments I had no issue getting a perfect fit.

Whether it’s climbing hard out of the saddle or bouncing down grotesque rooted corners, the Chase Protector Vest is splendidly still no matter how much body English I introduce to our relationship. Thankfully I haven’t had to use the back protector to date but I’m completely sold on the idea of having the protective barrier between my camera, tools, etc, and me if I do crash on my back. The Chase, with the right load, feels so light on my back that I don’t count any extra grams from the protector as a concern.

If you love your hip pack, wear it. If you love your backpack, wear it. If you haven’t found an example of either that works great for you then try on a Chase Bike Vest. Having used both models, I’d recommend the fit and features of the Protector version. I am still occasionally wearing a hip pack for very light-load days, especially when it’s very warm, because I have the luxury of owning both. Ii I was going to have just one pack for riding then this would be it.

When I found out the vest, including a 2L bladder, is 200 USD it gave me a moment’s pause. That seems like a lot of scratch, even with the best-in-class airflow and the back protector. A couple more rides in and I could frankly say that if this went missing tomorrow that I would buy a replacement right away. That’s despite owning a few other packs – hip and back – that can do the job.

You can check it out here and if you’ve tried out a Camelbak vest, love it or hate it, I’d like to read your experiences in the comments below. My brother is already a full-time Chase convert; it’s the hip pack and backpack killer and I have a few friends I’m trying to convince to try one out.