CamelBak Solstice LR 10 Hydration Pack
Camelbak's Lumbar hydration packs have been popular, but the geniuses of hydration found ways to improve the system, with a newly designed Crux reservoir design. The Solstice 10 LR is the Women's design version of the Skyline 10 LRt. There are many riders who love Camelbak's high quality hydration packs with their excellent features and perfect drinking system. But more than a few women over the years have asked for designs that shift water weight to the hips, off the center of the back for better distribution, less shoulder fatigue and a lower center of gravity. While Camelbak has always had defensible rationale for their standard design, the company has listened, and designed their LR series (lumbar) packs to best work with the Crux LR Reservoir system. This completely new, integrated concept has been welcomed with excitement by many trail riders, not just the most aggressive types.
Carrying 3 liters of water, as the Solstice 10 LR does means carrying 6.5lbs of weight when full. The Crux Lumbar Reservoir with Quicklink™ System distributes that water low and wide onto the hips, with a shape that still ensures you can drain the contents solely from drinking during activity. With a faster and more easily drawn flow than the previous Antidote system. You still get many of the great features of the Antidote: HydroGuard™ antibacterial coating, no-leak opening with a new handle, internal baffles, Pure Flow™ tubing, Quick-Link system, the Big Bite valve, just with a reconfigured new shape.
As the hydration system changes, so must the shape and emphasis of the pack and storage structures. Instead of a vertical emphasis, a horizontal hip-to-hip emphasis is employed, with a longer shoulder and upper back yoke keeping the overall stability and control you'd expect while riding. The compartments are shaped differently following the design of the lumbar reservoir. The Solstice LR 10 is a full-featured pack optimized for mountain biking, designed to keep your gear stable and organized, with external helmet hooks, a central compression zone with webbing for storing soft armor or a jacket, and the excellent XV back panel to keep your back cool and ventilated. A tool roll is included- which is a well conceived feature. As usual, there is a fleece lined pocket for securing items like glasses or a phone, and tab for rear facing clip on light. You can also drink and refill on the fly though the zippered trapdoor that gives you instant access to your reservoir. When your load is light, cinch the low mount compression straps.
Of course the S-curve shoulder straps, back and hip system all have to be best suited to a women's body. The longer shoulder yoke has a more supportive, less restrictive feel, with an elastic bridge at the upper back. This system is shorter than the men's version, but has the same weight distribution principles. It feels great under load. All of the materials have the AirMesh system for breathability and comfort. The lumbar focused redesign of the XV Back Panel system perfectly matches the distribution of weight, whether the Antidote is full or empty. The new hip belt wings are more supportive, with thin padding and new shape, and both feature zippered pockets for small item storage. The waist belt itself is 1.5", as it is more crucial to load management, but the webbing is supple enough that you don't feel excess abdominal pressure. The shoulder straps have a tapered, anatomic fit, and feature a helpful magnetic tube trap that stows your drinking tube so you never have to feel around for it, or have it bounce off your chin.
For female riders looking for more comfort and a lower center of gravity while maneuvering on the trail and carrying up to 3 liters of water, the Solstice 10 LR is a dream come true. This is a purpose-built pack system that was developed with strong rider feedback and considerable testing. Camelbak has engineered pack systems that allow women, men, and children to best experience the trails while staying hydrated, and the Solstice 10 LR Hydration Pack is a great example of that commitment,
- Lightweight, Women's lumbar design 3L hydration pack, 7-liters of compact storage
- Shorter back panel and an S-curved harness for a closer, comfortable fit for women
- 3-liter Crux™ Lumbar Reservoir with Quicklink™ System, BPA/BPS/BPF Free
- HydroGuard™ coating inhibits bacterial growth in reservoir, Pure Flow™ Crux tubing
- Magnetic Tube Trap keeps your tube secure and accessible when you need it
- 7-liters of storage in zippered compartments, tool roll plus fleece security pocket, easy access to hydration for refill, tab for light, helmet hooks, and external compression storage
- Lumbar XV™ back panel: lightweight multi-Layer EVA foam pods, cross ventilation
- Fabric: 70D / 210D diamond ripstop nylon w/ 210 HT nylon
- Reflective accents for visibility in low-light environments
- Belt: Fixed 1.5" (38mm) with zippered cargo pockets
- Dimensions: 15.2" x 8.3" x 7.7"
- Torso Length: 38-48 cm/15-19"
- Color: Black/Columbia Jade, Charcoal/Purple
- Weight: 22 ounces (without water, 3L,(100oz) of water weighs 6.5lbs)