Crux Water Reservoir

Camelbak Crux Water Reservoir Reviews

Camelbak's brand new Crux Water Reservoir delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for easier refilling, and an on/off lever that makes it easy to prevent leaks. Like all of our gear, we put the Crux through exhaustive stress tests to make sure that it won’t fail you on the trail. 100% free of BPA, BPS and BPF.


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Never an issue!

I’ve had this for years and it’s always been great. No holes or spills even with lots of weight pushing against it in my pack.

A good option

Quick and Dirty: This water bladder is a workhorse. I own the 2L version, and I’ve taken it on all my adventures over the past four years. It is particularly nice to have in spring and fall, because in winter the tube freezes without an insulation sleeve and summer the water heats up. All in all, it is a durable piece of equipment that I love

More detailed review:

How I tested it: I’ve had the Camelbak Crux 2L for about 4 years. I’ve taken in on several day backpacking trips, day hikes, splitboard touring, and freeriding. I’ve probably used it 100+ times. 

Overall rating: I’d buy again.

What I like about it:

- Easily connects to most compatible packs

- Long tube

- Good locking feature to keep water in when not drinking

- Durable

- Shape fits most packs

What I dislike about it:

- Hard to clean

- Water in tube heats up in summer

- Water in tube freezes in winter


The nitty gritty: Full disclosure, I don’t think I am a bladder person. I prefer carrying a nalgene or some other water bottle because I am constantly paranoid of the bladder breaking or the tube freezing. Plus, the water that remains in the tube gets hot and tastes like plastic in the summer.

If you do like bladders though, this one is hard to beat. It comes in various sizes, but I chose the 2L because I like to drink a lot of water, even on short day hikes. The 2L of water does come at a weight cost though (4.4LBS!!!). The Crux has been pretty sturdy over the past 4 years, I usually toss my packs around quite a bit, and the Crux has never ruptured. About 2 years in the bite tube did break, but Camelbak sent a free replacement within 2 weeks.

Like all bladders, the tube is prone to freeze in winter and heatup in summer, without proper insulation. The bladder is also hard to clean, like all bladders are.

The reason why I would buy this bladder again is because of it’s durability and its shape. The shape tapers down to follow the shape of your back. At first I thought it would be a small issue keeping more weight on top, but actually it balances quite well.

All in all, I do think bladders are useful in certain situations, so if I ever need to replacement my Crux, I would replace with the same model!

Great buy!

Simply the best, easy open and close valve. Unscrew the cap and fill it up. Has a place to hook in to your hydro pack a long with a hook to keep the strain off from your clip.

Absolutely love the camelback line of water reservoirs. They are space saving in most aspects and give them a little squeeze with some of your gear and its like drinking from a fountain while on the trail. Make sure you turn off the valve if you attempt to pull that trick or you might not have any water left when you need it lol!

Perfect use everytime

This bladder has spent many miles on the trail with me.
The bladder is durable, and seals tightly on the large mouth, and bottom tubing connection.
The tubing connects straight to a Sawyer filter.
Easy to clean and store.

Love carrying my camelbak anytime I’m on a hike or a backpacking trip! I love how light (compared to a hydro flask) and easy it is to access. I hate having to stop for water breaks...with the camelbak I can sip while on the go

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I take this thing everywhere I go! 🏂🏌🏼‍♀️🧗🏼‍♀️🚵‍♀️🏃‍♀️
I’ve had it for about two years and I just had to replace the mouth piece. It’s pretty durable and if you’re out and about all the time I would recommend buying one!!!🙌

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