CamelBak Crux Reservoir

Test 09/2019

  • CamelBak Crux Reservoir - front
  • CamelBak Crux Reservoir - boxed
  • CamelBak Crux Reservoir - camelbak-befullung
  • CamelBak Crux Reservoir - camelbak-offnung
  • CamelBak Crux Reservoir - camelbak-trinkschlauch
  • CamelBak Crux Reservoir - camelbak-trinkverschluss
  • CamelBak Crux Reservoir - detail
  • CamelBak Crux Reservoir - detail2
Test seal: CamelBak Crux Reservoir, Rating 8.2

last modified: 11.10.2019, 10:14

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All rating criteria details:

Handling 30%
Stability 20%
Cleaning 15%
Taste 15%
Tested by: Xenia



The Crux Reservoir by CamelBak is easy to fill, but difficult to close because the lid tilts. An advantage is the leak protection under the mouthpiece, which is easy to operate. Cleaning is difficult due to the inflexible plastic opening. In terms of quality, the drinking bladder leaves a positive impression due to its workmanship.


  • Leak protection
  • Easy filling


  • Difficult to close
  • Difficult to clean
  • Cannot be rolled small

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Good workmanship and easy drinking, but difficult to clean.

The Crux Reservoir by CamelBak has leakage protection but is difficult to clean.


The CamelBak drinking bladder has a cap with a lid that is screwed on like a normal bottle. For the filling, the lid is removed and the bladder is held by the plastic handle. Practically, the lid is connected to the bladder and does not get lost. The opening is large enough with over 8 cm, in order to be able to fill also ice cubes into the bag. Closing, however, is difficult because the lid cants and has to be put on again and again.

Filling the bladder
Filling the bladder

It's difficult to close the bubble with the lid.
It's difficult to close the bladder with the lid.

The drinking tube can then be attached. It snaps into the opening and can be removed again at the push of a button.

The CamelBak hydration bladder has leak protection which is located underneath the mouthpiece. This turned out to be very helpful during the hike, as no liquid escapes from the bladder if the mouthpiece is accidentally compressed, e.g. when the rucksack is placed on it.

We did a taste test before and after the cleaning. Even before the cleaning, there was hardly any plastic taste noticeable. After cleaning the bladder with Kukident cleaning pills no plastic taste could be noticed.

To drink, the spill guard is unlocked and the mouthpiece is bit together. All this is possible with only one hand. The liquid runs out immediately in an appropriate quantity and can be sucked out of the bladder to the last drop.

drinking hose connection
Drinking hose connection

Drinking cap
Drinking cap


The drinking bladder is difficult to clean due to the inflexible opening. The bladder cannot be turned over, nor is the opening large enough to be cleaned by hand from the inside (except for narrow hands). In addition, the bladder is difficult to dry due to the opening. The 6 mm wide drinking tube is easy to clean with a tube brush.


The drinking bladder makes a good impression. The material is robust and the plastic lid is well integrated into the bladder. Due to the plastic opening, the bladder cannot be rolled small.

In our test, we froze the filled bladders. While the bladder was defrosted, we moved and shaken it to check whether it would withstand transport. The drinking bladder from CamelBack passed the test without any problems and is still usable.

We have evaluated approximately 30 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 70 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are almost 30 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 3.8 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 70% positive and 30% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Robust material
  • Thick drinking tube
  • Easy to clean

The following points were noted negatively:

  • Leaks quickly
  • A coating quickly forms
  • Plastic taste
Manufacturer CamelBak
EAN 0886798004570
Scope of delivery Hydration bladder with a hose and oral valve
Length of the hose 92 cm
Diameter of the hose 6 mm
Diameter of the opening 8.5 cm
Oral valve Lever system and bite valve
Capacity 1.5 l
Material Polyurethane
Antibacterial coating
Height 29 cm
Width 18 cm
Depth 3 cm
Weight 197 g
Quality impression Excellent

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What is the diameter of the drinking tube?
The drinking tube has a diameter of approx. 6 mm.
Can I also fill the bladder with carbonated drinks?
No, because the carbonic acid creates an overpressure and the mouthpiece leaks.
Is there a clip on the bladder to attach it to the basket?
There are 2 small hooks at the opening. If these are not sufficient, cable ties can be attached.


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