Reservoir funk. It’s a thing and one of the biggest reasons many people (this author included) prefer classic water bottles for bike-related adventures. But CamelBak, the granddaddy of hydration reservoirs, aims to change that with its just-launched Fusion collection. The new reservoirs include a toothless zipper design for easier filling and cleaning and a few other design tweaks worth noting.
Old ideas, new features
CamelBak’s TRU Zip closure looks burly enough, and we like the oversized zipper pull (easy to use with cold, wet, or gloved hands, we imagine). Fusion products also include integrated handles and pinch grips for ease of filling and a rigid backplate to prevent collapse when drying. And this ought to get the attention of the ounce-counters — the Fusion line is 30% lighter than CamelBak’s preceding Crux line.
The Fusion collection is BPA, BPS, and BPF-free and is available in four sizes — two- and three-liter for solo excursions and six- and ten-liter for group trips. Here’s the price breakdown:
- 2L – $53
- 3L – $55
- 6L – $75
- 10L – $90
The group-sized reservoirs have a tap-style spout for quickly filling dishes and bottles around camp. Fusion products also include some of CamelBak’s previous innovations, like an on/off lever to prevent leaking. CamelBak Fusion reservoirs are available now on CamelBak’s website.