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I have a lumbar camelbak that I hate. I can never seem to get it in the right place and it hikes up my shorts. I've tried fuelbelt with similar problems. I've tried hand-held, but those throw off my balance. So, I'm wanting to try a different camelback. Suggestions on which to try?
 

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I have a CamelBak Magic, it's a women's fit. It holds 72 oz, plus has pockets for extra storage (which you may or may not need). The shoulder straps fit me nicely, and it's easy to fill.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71T68E89WGL._AA280_.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I was looking at camelbacks recently too and was somewhat overwhelmed by the options.<br><br>
I'd like one that carries 48+ ounces. How are they to run with in the summer though?
 

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i've had no problem with the camelback in the summer, i wore it during a 50 miler and 100 miler in pretty hot weather this past summer. But i am not that easily bothered by heat. I found it less irritating than the sweaty handheld.
 

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merigayle--which one do you have?<br><br>
I assume the Magic with the straps would have less jiggle? Do you have trouble with chafing with a short sleeve shirt?<br><br>
Extra storage isn't really an issue. All I carry is 3-4 Gu's, car keys, couple dollars and a couple tampons (yah, you never know...).
 

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I have the Charm, which supposedly holds 50oz, but i do not think it holds that much, but it does hold a fair amount. Its small enough, light enough and high enough on my back that it does not bother me like my old, heavier pack did. There is only a tiny storage pocket on it, but heck, i wear race readys anyways.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.kneedraggers.com/image_storage/2/e7/2e75efc8d4074e22c910ec56cb10dbb7_rough.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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The one I posted has a mesh-type of padding on the parts that touch you, so it helps a little with the heat. You are going to be hot and sweaty in the summer, but I did not find it irritating.<br><br>
The straps hit over any sleeveless shirts I wore, so I did not have any chafing problems. I did get chafing when I borrowed my husband's (classic camelbak).<br><br>
If you get too much motion with the shoulder straps alone, you can use one of the stabilizer straps across the front, but I rarely feel the need.<br><br>
I picked that one because I'm often out for hours at a time, and I have all sorts of just in case items!<br><br>
What I found when I used a pack that is not "womens fit", is that the shoulder straps don't fit well, leading to lots of motion and chafing, and the length was too long to be comfortable. I am short and narrow-shouldered, so it makes a huge difference for me!
 

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I use quite an unusual one, it is made by source and is very long and thin, I didn't like the thicker ones because they tended to bounce while I ran. I can't remember what model it is but there is a picture of me wearing it on this photo on the right<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.benlairig.com/images/gallery2/orig/1bb01b3113f871a2ea369be984369c8f.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I have used the HydroBak. I live in Tampa, FL, and it's great to use in the summer. It holds 1.5L (50 oz.) and is suprisingly comfortable to wear. Doesn't bounce around and doesn't chafe.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.gearfetch.com/shop/images/hydrobak50.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I use an amphipod full tilt.<br><br><a href="http://www.thefinalsprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/amphipod%20full%20tilt%20hydration%20pack.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.thefinalsprint.com/wp-con...ion%20pack.jpg</a><br><br>
the bottle holds 20 ounces and I really like it.<br><br>
Sorry it isn't a camelback.<br><br>
it has a small pocket and a big pocket which are big enough to hold all of your necessary items on a run
 

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I just ordered a Camelbak Magic (old style), a Dream, and the Ultimate Direction Bandita and Speediva.<br><br>
When I try them all on and decide what to keep, I'll report....
 

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I bought a charm. It's pink. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Still deciding whether i'm going to keep it or not.
 

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I like my Charm a lot. I just needed a 2 - 3L pack for a hike I'm doing in a few weeks...
 

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4 boys -<br><br>
I am glad you asked this. I am looking to replace my fuel belt, bottles are shot, and was thinking of doing the back pack style. Fuel belt is pain.<br><br>
My problem is I hate stuff on me. I don't carry keys, ipod, phone, etc etc. In the summer I have even gone as far as driving to different points on my run a putting a water bottle at a location so I can hydrate when I reach a certain mileage. (that is a pain also). You know I run with a pup so my necessary junk are the leash & her remote leash which I hook to my fuel belt.<br><br>
I am afraid I am going to invest the money in one and hate the extra baggage.<br><br>
My perfect world would be a training team mapping out all my runs, organizing all my stuff, following me on all my runs and of course someone doing my laundry while I was out. (that of course is the world where life is all about me and you & I both know it aint!! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> )
 

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I totally understand. I'm not a fan of lugging stuff around either, and have been so spoiled with my road running long runs - we have a local lake here and it's really easy to plant water, or loop back to the car, or even pass a mini-mart if need be. But I figure I have to learn how to deal with the added schlepping if I want to wander off the beaten path...
 
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