Looking for the perfect accessory for the new Camelbak Podium 3.0? In this case, it might be the other way around with the Podium 3.0 being the perfect accessory for Camelbak’s newest hip pack – especially considering that one is included with the pack.
Appropriately called the Podium Flow Belt, this take on a hip pack is specifically designed around the Podium 3.0 bottle with the mud cap. Each version of the Flow Belt includes a color matched bottle to keep you looking fast.
Not only is the belt designed specifically for the size and shape of the Podium 3.0 bottle, but it’s also angled so that the bottle is easier to grab and it has an elastic cuff to keep the bottle in place. Camelbak says it will work best with the Podium 3.0, but it plays nice with most other bottles as well.
The back of the pack is a simple mesh panel with a wide waist belt to keep things tight.
The pockets have been kept pretty simple as well with a zippered pocket on the outside, and a zippered main pocket with internal organization and a key loop. Available in January, the Flow Belt will sell for $40 with a Podium 3.0 bottle included.
On the pack side, Camelbak was showing a new Mule LR 15 which makes use of their Dual Wing Belt. First used in their hike line, the Dual Wing Belt is designed so that it compresses the contents of the bag while also securing around your waist with a single strap. It also makes for a wide, comfortable fit to help manage the 15L of storage the bag offers.
The back features ample padding with wide mesh for breathability and the shoulder straps features a built in phone or camera pocket.
If you’re wondering what that grey bundle is on the bottom of the pack, that’s the helmet carrier which unfurls to attach to the top of the bag and secure a helmet, pads, or other bulky gear.
Inside, you’ll find plenty of storage and pockets including a large fleece lined pocket on the top for electronics, glasses, or goggles. Also available in January, the packs will sell for $150 in men’s or women’s.
Last but not least, the Chase Vest will now be available in a women’s model as well. Designed as sort of the hydration pack for the spandex crowd, the vest shape allows you to still use external jersey pockets, and it sits higher up. The women’s version has a slightly revised neck line with different angles for the straps and more adjustment of the sternum strap to better fit female anatomy. This one will sell for $100 in multiple colors.