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.

Runners World – Best Hydration Packs 2021 – CamelBak Ultra Pro W and Nano

From Runner’s World By Pat Heine

The Best Hydration Packs for Your Next Long Run

Carry water, extra clothing, trekking poles, and more with these versatile running backpacks.

When you’re heading out on a long run, a hydration pack is essential to carry not only all the water you’ll need but also the fuel and gear required for the conditions you’ll encounter. Today’s packs are far different from the traditional hiking kind, with smaller, lighter constructions that won’t bounce, remaining comfortable for miles.

CamelBak Ultra Pro W 6L Hydration Vest

The CamelBak Ultra Pro W gives women a tailor-fit version of the popular Ultra Pro vest. A six-liter capacity means this vest can carry enough for long races and big trail days while keeping a slim profile. Stretch pockets on the front, side, and rear hold all of your fuel and gear, and they’re easily reachable mid-run. For runners who use trekking poles, two bungee cords act as a minimalist quiver system to attach the poles to the back. You can also untie the bungee cords and switch them to sling poles over your preferred shoulder.

  • Pack Weight – 150g/5 oz
  • Gear Capacity – 6L/360 cu in
  • Water Capacity – 1L/34 oz
  • Hydration Type – 2x 500ml Quick Stow™ Flask
  • Torso Fit- XS26-32in S28-34in M32-37in L35-40in
  • Price – $120

CamelBak Nano Vest 1.5L

The Nano lives up to its name with a truly minimalist design. Breathable mesh with large holes helps keep you cooler and makes the vest barely noticeable as you’re wearing it. The Nano can carry two soft flasks on the front, and it has dedicated key and phone pockets. Side pockets allow storage for food and other gear, and the back essentially acts as a quiver for trekking poles, with a small pocket and two loops on the shoulder straps.

  • Pack Weight – 140g/4 oz
  • Gear Capacity – 1.5L/90 cu in
  • Water Capacity – 1L/34 oz
  • Hydration Type – 2x 500ml Quick Stow™ Flask
  • Torso Fit – S28-34in M32-40in L38-46 in
  • Price – $100

For the rest of the list check out Runner’s World

NYMag – The Strategist Haul – What the Editors Bought in March = CamelBak Eddy+

By Jordan Bowman | From NYMag The Strategist

CamelBak Eddy+ BPA Free Water Bottle – $15

I’m a big consumer of water. Keep that Diet Coke, no-sugar nonsense away from me, please. And I’ve been on the search for the perfect bottle for years. Last month, I spoke to Hanif Abdurraqib about how much water we can drink when we have a straw, and I was considering picking up a traditional tumbler, but I settled on the CamelBak Eddy+ because of the spill-proof function. You have to kind of bite on the valve to get the water out, but it’s great for hikes or if you’re like me and carry you water everywhere and don’t want to think about spilling anything. I’ve tried so many water bottles, but I’ve officially turned into a CamelBak believer. You won’t see me using anything else anytime soon.

To see the rest of the list check out: The Strategist Haul – What the Editors Bought in March

2-for-1 Mug: CamelBak MultiBev Serves Up Hydration and Caffeination in Clever Design

From GearJunkie

Gearheads like designs that offer multiple useful functions. The CamelBak MultiBev brings this ethos to drinkware with a sustainable vessel that cuts the clutter and offers multiple beverage options for life in the fast lane.

The MultiBev is an everyday water bottle that incorporates a travel cup for a second drink on the go. It has great potential for day hikes and camping, too.

Stainless steel bottles are a more environmentally conscious choice than single-use plastics. The addition of the companion travel cup eliminates another wasteful cup from the local café, and it fits back under the water bottle to save space when not in use.

If you carry water while running errands or commuting, yet often stop at a café for coffee or tea in a disposable cup, this is worth a look.

At its core, the CamelBak MultiBev is a convenient way to bring an accessory cup along with your usual water bottle. How it’s put to use really depends on you.

On hiking days, you can use the travel cup on the way to the trailhead and then leave it in the car. That streamlines the bottle for an easier fit in a backpack pocket. It also frees up a little room under the cap for stashing a snack.

On hot summer expeditions, the travel cup can be used for an electrolyte refuel during a break. Then, you can return it to the main bottle when you’re done.

Around the campsite, the second cup works for coffee in the morning and suds in the evening. When not in use, stash it back with the water bottle so there’s one less thing clanking around the site.

Really, though, the MultiBev has everyday functionality in mind, especially for the work commute.

A Part of Your Routine

Here’s a hypothetical day in the life to see how a MultiBev could fit into your hydration routine.

We suggest that you wake up and hydrate with a glass of water. We’ve heard that’s really good for you.

While you wait for your coffee or tea to be ready, unscrew the travel cup from the bottom.

Next, fill the main chamber of the bottle with water and secure with the leakproof Pak Cap. Go ahead and stash that in your bag or purse.

Once your caffeine fix is ready, pour that in the travel cup, unroll the silicone lid, and you’re off.

At your workplace, you can rinse out the travel cup and reunite it with the regular water bottle. The silicone lid rolls up to fit inside the Pak Cap.

Design Highlights

  • Double-wall vacuum, stainless steel construction to maintain temperature for hours
  • Stainless steel interior and powder coat finish are dishwasher safe
  • Silicon base adds grip, especially on wet surfaces
  • Leakproof Pak Cap
  • BPA, BPS, and BPF free.


Carrying your own water is a way to ensure that you drink enough daily, which prevents the out-of-sight, out-of-mind trap.

The MultiBev isn’t about drinking water from your own cup, although that’s certainly an option. It’s a solution for people who often carry water bottles but still use other single-use cups.

By combining the cup as part of the body of the bottle, the companion travel cup is around if you need it and doesn’t take up room when you don’t.

What’s more, the bottle and cup are dishwasher safe, which goes a long way in preventing them from getting gunked up. And the silicone base should keep it from sliding on surfaces and potentially save it from some dings out in the wild.

CamelBak Horizon Collection

From A Quick Brown Fox by Ayesha McGowen

This post is sponsored by CamelBak, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I spend a lot of time celebrating going hard. I work hard, I train hard, I play hard. I noticed that I don’t take nearly enough time to stop and take in the views, sit in the breeze, have simple conversations with my riding buddies, and fully be present in the space I’m occupying. The thing is, I don’t necessarily have to choose. I can go hard on the bike and have the absolute time of my life. I can visit my favorite trails, or secret beach, or revisit a tried and true road loop. I can practice climbing, descending, and cornering, making sure to sharpen my technical skills for the day racing feels safe again. It’s fun to go hard, to push myself and see what my body can do. It’s also nice to take a break. The mid ride break can be just the ticket to make you feel ready to get myself to the endpoint. Stop for a bit, look around and think about all the journeys that crossed this path before me. Let my mind wander while I rest my muscles. The CamelBak Horizon Drinkware Collection has been a lovely supplement to taking full advantage of these peaceful moments. We push the pace to get to beautiful places, and when we get there, we can find a good spot and take in our surroundings. The collection includes various options that you can pick and choose from to suit your needs. I went with the 30oz tumbler, the Rocks Tumbler, and the Camp Mug. That way I can make enough of my favorite beverage in the 30oz tumbler, but Will and I have our own cups to drink from. We’re all set for hot coffee, a cold cocktail, and everything in between. A solid choice to help us take those chill moments extra slow and really enjoy them.”

Photos and words by Ayesha McGowen @ A Quick Brown Fox

GearJunkie: Running Wild, Well-Ventilated, and Free: CamelBak Zephyr Running Vest Review

By Mary Murphy From

GearJunkie editor Mary Murphy spent 8 weeks early in 2020 putting down miles while testing the new CamelBak Zephyr 10L running vest.

What do you get when you stick a frequent runner in quarantine? Well, ironically, more running. In the past 2 months, I’ve gotten creative with my running routine, and I’ve logged more miles per week than usual. Whether it was a quick morning jaunt or a long afternoon journey, a vest, to me, was essential.

Luckily, CamelBak had just launched a new collection of packs and vests. I tried out CamelBak’s Women’s Zephyr Vest ($150) to see how it performed over time.

Let’s Talk (Women’s) Specifics

Generally, I’m of the belief that gear for women doesn’t always have to be gendered (everything from hiking boots to climbing harnesses to skis.) But for gear that’s meant to hug your body during high-output activity and keep you comfortable for the long haul, women’s-specific is the way to go.

I do think CamelBak did a nice job with the vest’s women’s-specific design. Usually, slight differences between men’s and women’s vests include a fit narrower at the shoulder and slimmer at the torso, with more room at the chest area. This vest fits me extremely well in all three of those places.

The removable sternum strap (there are actually two) can be adjusted to your chest and height, and the side torso straps adjust easily while in place or running.

The vest fits two 500mL squeeze bottles. Depending on what else I was carrying, I stashed the squeeze bottles in either the upper mesh or midline stretch-cord pockets. (Although there’s a zippered security pocket intended for your phone, I preferred storing my smartphone in one of the stretch pockets for better accessibility).

For runs under 5-6 miles, one bottle was enough for me. For longer runs, I carried both squeeze bottles or slipped a 1L bladder into the main compartment. My advice with this vest: There are a plethora of configurations and options for carrying your gear and hydration, so find the one that works best for you.

How Does the CamelBak Zephyr Feel While Running?

I logged around 55 miles in this vest in total, and my favorite part of it is the body-mapped mesh. Simply put, the ventilation is amazing. I never experienced chafing or rubbing.

One feature of the vest that helped eliminate this is sternum strap loops at adjustable heights. In case you can’t find the right fit just by adjusting the torso straps, you can adjust the two straps above and below your chest, a great feature for women. 

Given its capacity, the vest weighs almost nothing — a light 7 ounces. I actually enjoyed running in this vest, whether on a trail or even around my neighborhood. (I’m the type of runner who finds myself frequently running farther than planned, so it’s always nice to have the essentials with me.) 

And in the age of COVID-19, that meant, at the very least, hydration, a pair of gloves, a travel bottle of hand sanitizer, and a clean mask for post-run.

CamelBak Women’s Zephyr Running Vest Specs

  • Capacity: 10 L
  • Compartments: One interior compartment, eight exterior pockets
  • Materials: Polygiene fabric, engineered knit mesh, BPA-free plastic
  • Accessories included: Two 500mL CamelBak stow flasks
  • Weight: 7 oz.
  • Price: $150

The Zephyr Vest Storage

The interior of the pack has room for a layer or two and bars, and maybe an extra water reservoir if necessary. It can fit up to a 3L reservoir. And in terms of price, you’re definitely paying for high-end materials. The stitching, buckles, and mesh construction are all solid.

After longer runs in hot conditions, I did, however, notice slight condensation on the interior of the main compartment. The first time, I assumed it was because the top compartment zipper wasn’t fully closed.

The second time, I guessed it was due to heat and humidity. It only happened twice. The more important note is that the mesh body paneling (the stuff against your shirt/skin) wicks sweat away very well.

I used the exterior mesh pocket on every run to stash a pair of gloves. Nothing ever jostled around, and the mesh pocket is deep enough to stow multiple small items safely. This storage was still super helpful for items I didn’t need within immediate reach.

Final Comments

I only have one complaint: the incorporated safety whistle. A whistle (helpful for those who run alone and during races that require safety devices) was on a loop just long enough that it bounced against the top sternum buckle, making a soft clicking noise while in motion.

My solution was to just tuck the whistle out of the way, but you could also try re-adjusting the pack. This probably wouldn’t be a concern for all runners, as I think it had to do with the height of that top strap (the third loop down).

Everything else on this vest — the light and breathable materials, the pocket placement, the functionality — were all great and super helpful when carrying anything besides a set of keys.

On my longest run, I was able to fit all of the following items: two 500mL CamelBak squeeze bottles, a phone, earbuds, a pocket knife, a bottle of Purell (thanks, coronavirus), a few energy gels, my EpiPen, my travel wallet, gloves, and a windbreaker. There are also bungees to secure trekking poles if you so choose.

So if you’re a female runner looking to run longer distances and want a comfortable vest for along the way, I recommend trying the CamelBak Zephyr on for size.

Gear Patrol: Design Experts Say This Is the Best Water Bottle of 2020 – CamelBak MultiBev

When a jury of product design experts awarded the best new products of 2020, the list included both Ferraris and this travel mug.

Earlier this year, when a jury of product design experts revealed its selection of the best-designed items of 2020, the list included a sleek office chair, an e-bike for commuters, three Ferraris and, somewhat surprisingly, a travel mug. The mug in question is CamelBak’s MultiBev, and calling it a travel mug — or any one thing at all — is somewhat misleading.

That’s because the MultiBev is a two-in-one drinking vessel. CamelBak built it as an insulated water bottle with a non-slip base but engineered its lower half to include a removable cup for portioning, sharing or using as an alternative to single-use vessels at coffee shops. The removable cup even gets its own lid, which is made of flexible, food-grade silicone that stashes inside the MultiBev’s main cap. That little compartment might even count as a third use, as it’s spacious enough to contain snacks, tea or a small wad of cash.

CamelBak Reign – Team Sport Bottle

How do you make a simple sport bottle a tool to help athletes avoid overheating during play? At CamelBak®, we do it by being obsessively innovative. CamelBak is proud to partner with the Korey Stringer Institute in advocating for optimal athletic hydration and safety.

Learn more about the Reign™ bottle at

CamelBak Women’s Ultra Pro Vest – Editor’s Choice

Pick up this months copy of Trail Runner available digitally here to see their editor’s choice vest: The CamelBak Women’s Ultra Pro Vest.

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