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CamelBak Launches New Lumbar-Based Hydration Packs

CamelBak Launches Tactical Lumbar Packs; Rubicon and Skirmish
Lumbar Reservoir-based hydration packs reposition water weight on the hips for a lower center of gravity and increased upper mobility.

Las Vegas, NV (January 20, 2015) – CamelBak announces the launch of the Rubicon and Skirmish as part of its Maximum Gear line for 2015. Utilizing a unique 100 oz. (3L) Mil Spec Antidote Lumbar Reservoir, these packs re-invent the way water is carried in tactical hydration packs. The low profile, baffled lumbar reservoir integrates into a specially-designed insulated hydration compartment at the base of each pack. This exclusive reservoir design moves the weight of the water onto the hips for a more comfortable and ergonomic load-carry and is built from the same material as the standard Mil Spec Antidote Reservoir, which meets the USMC hydration system requirement for tensile strength, puncture resistance and burst resistance.


With cargo capacities of 2,868 and 2,014 cubic inches respectively, the Rubicon and Skirmish are two of the largest packs in the Maximum Gear line. To reduce bulk, both packs are equipped with innovative, sleek and low-profile laser-cut composite MOLLE panels on the face and harnesses that provide secure attachment for pouches and gear.

“Water is one of the heaviest pieces of gear to carry, and is essential to staying hydrated and surviving in hot climates,” said Jeremy Galten, VP of R&D of CamelBak Products. “Our unique lumbar reservoir design gives warfighters the ability to carry their water low and around their hips for a lower center of gravity and more stable load-carry.” Designed for extended missions, both packs feature full clamshell openings for easy access to main compartments, additional lower access to the main compartment to quickly stash or grab items, a front pocket organizer pocket, internal mesh pockets keep items organized and easy to find and an internal MOLLE panel allows custom configuration of essential gear/pouches. The larger of the two packs, the Rubicon also includes low-profile padded side pockets to protect critical gear, a second large main compartment with full clamshell opening and additional internal organization mesh pockets. It also comes with a deployable internal panel to create an upper/ lower compartment in the main cargo pocket for added versatility.

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Other shared features include a contoured back panel for a more comfortable fit, side carry handles for loading and unloading, top grab handle, two main compartment adjustable lash straps to secure large or bulky items, multiple drink tube exit ports for routing the tube over the shoulder or under the arm, ASIPS radio attachment points with dual antenna ports to hold communications securely, quick-release shoulder straps, a removable and stowable fully adjustable padded waist belt, upper and lower compression straps, an adjustable sternum strap and hook-and-loop panel for the hassle-free removal of nametags and unit badges.

Given all the gear a warfighter carries, CamelBak helps lighten the load by using lightweight, durable 500D Ripstop Cordura material, which has a tighter weave and is significantly lighter than standard 1000D Cordura . Using this material with the unique design of the Mil Spec Antidote Lumbar reservoir makes these the most advanced and versatile tactical packs for carrying ammunition, cargo, and hydration. Both packs come with the Mil Spec Antidote Lumbar Reservoir that includes the essential features CamelBak is known for, such as the Quick Link exit port, Big Bite Valve, HydroGuard technology for easy cleaning, and QL HydroLock for secure shut

Available in October, 2015, the Rubicon and Skirmish measure 21.9 X 14.5 X 13.1 and 20.3 X 14.6 X 12.1 inches respectively and come in Coyote and MultiCam.

Available on GSA contract GS07F-9727H, at Exchanges, and all usual CamelBak Maximum Gear distribution outlets.


3 Responses to “CamelBak Launches New Lumbar-Based Hydration Packs”

  1. AbnMedOps says:

    Back in the day, we used to carry water low, around our hips, in ergonomically-shaped hydration systems called “canteens”.