Winter trade show season kicks off in the next couple of weeks as brands get set to release info on their new products for 2019. CamelBak has a few in the works that I hope to get a look at during ISPO in Munich at the beginning of next month. In addition to a hip pack created for cross country skiers, the company has redesigned their popular running vest line to be a little more female friendly. Amen to that.
The Glide Belt is CamelBak’s first cross country skiing specific hip pack. It offers a minimalist approach to wearable hydration with a 1.5 liter lumbar reservoir in a comfortable hip belt design.
Load bearing water and cargo weight is centered around the waist, resulting in a lower center of gravity and leaving your back and hands free for increased mobility. Both the drinking tube and bite valve are insulated, so less prone to freeze up in cold temperatures. The main organization pocket offers enough space for extra layers and snacks, while a smaller zippered pocket secures your most valuable items like the car keys.
I love the idea of running vests, but the fit for women, especially the placement of the drinking flasks, is extremely awkward at best. CamelBak took this to heart and will introduce a completely new women’s specific running line. The range, from start to finish, was designed for women, by women.
CamelBak focused on key differences in the design process to carry gear, fuel, and water in various places that work better for women’s bodies than similar products designed for men. The brand also accounted for a wider range of adjustability and customizable fit to better serve the shape spectrum found from one female athlete to the next. As an example, moving the location of where the Quick Stow soft flasks are carried had major benefits to women (it looks like they are carried much higher towards the shoulders than the men’s version).
The women’s running line includes the Ultra Pro Vest, the Circuit Vest, and the Octane 9 Vest. Expect all these new products to drop sometime next fall.