If you’re on the lookout for a barebones hydration pack designed with simplicity, you may want to put your money on the CamelBak Rogue. With its 85oz reservoir, a top zippered pocket, leak-proof On/Off valves, and an additional pocket at the pocket, suitable for a multi-tool, car keys or anything small, the CamelBak Rogue can certainly be your go-to bag when planning an outing. Where does it stand as compared to other popular hydration packs in this crowded category? Let’s find out more!
- Comes with a nice on/off shutoff valve to ensure that you don't lose water accidentally through the valve
- Equipped with a clip on the harness that helps you adjust the size to get a better overall fit
- Uses the new Crux delivery system to offer 20% more water in each sip
Features an ergonomic handle that really helps make refilling easier
- Nice design with reflective accents that promote visibility even in low-light conditions.
- Stretch overflow storage compartment that you can use to stash an extra layer or keep a rain shell handy
- Would have been better to add a waist belt to the pack to prevent excessive movement while moving downhill
- Does not come with removable siphon tube that can make cleaning a little difficult at times
- Hard to put the full reservoir back into the pouch, and it can be a bit tricky to fill it up without removing it from the pack
- This pack is a good balance between a hydration pack and a small backpack.
- The slim design makes it great for active use.
- Reviewers like this for running and cycling.
- Although it is small, it has plenty of storage for essentials.
- Reviewers have used it for half marathons and Spartan races with success.
- It is worth the price for its functionality.
- It holds enough water to keep you hydrated for long runs or rides.
- It's easy to clean.
- The compression straps add to the storage capabilities.
- The bite valve is easy to use.
- The material dries quickly.
- The bright color options add some safety for runners and bikers.
- The mouthpiece has a shut off valve to help prevent accidental leaks.
- It has a large reservoir opening for easy filling.
- It has an elastic stuff pocket for easy access storage.
- You can put ice cubes in the reservoir to keep water cool.
- The materials and construction are durable.
- The mesh backing can cause some shirt material to pill.
- The plastic chest strap clasp is difficult to manipulate when hands are wet.
- It does not have a waist strap.
- There are some complaints about CamelBak customer service.
- The hose is a bit long making it susceptible to kinks when trying to get the reservoir and hose back in after filling.
- There is no quick release for the hose.
- Although rare, there are some reports of leaks.
- The reservoir lid can be tricky to quickly seal.
- Securing the top pocket latch has caused some loss of precious time during races.
- Although the hose is removable, it requires a lot of effort and pressure to take off and reattach.
- The internal netted pockets are small.
- There are mixed reviews on the design of the top zippered pocket.
- The hose is not insulated.
- The straps are too snug for some broad-shouldered people.
Ease of Drinking
Compared to other models, the CamelBak’s Crux reservoir means 20% more fluids per sip. Users like the extra, declaring the flow rate of the CamelBak Rogue is better than that of the old CamelBak H.A.W.G.
Whilst drinking is easy, there were users who had concerns about the length of the tubing from the valve to the bladder being too long. Short people have to stuff the excess away in the pouch, which is a little irritating when a shorter tube with a quick disconnect could solve the issue.
Ease of Filling
If you're used to filling up your hydration bladder from your refrigerator, you may have to deal with some mess. But, it is certainly not going to be as messy as with some older hydration packs that would make you tear your backpack to get the bladder out to try filling it up through a pinhole-sized opening. Not cool really!
That said, you might find it difficult to un-press the water dispenser mainly because of the large size of the plastic around the cap. Using the leak-proof cap may also be a bit challenging in the beginning, mainly because it does shut tight in just a few twists. You have to be precise in getting the threads lined up correctly. It takes a bit of practice.
However, if we really have to find a flaw here, it would be about the placement of the reservoir in the pack and that it is secured by an elastic strap. Most premium quality packs come with a zippered pouch to hold the reservoir. Because of that elastic strap on the Rogue, it becomes a tad difficult to install the reservoir back into place after filling it up. It feels as if the strap could break, which is something that affects the overall durability of the Rogue.
A good feature is the presence of a tube on the harness that is designed to keep the drinking tube in place so you don't have to worry about losing it while running. It will stay in place and that also gives you easy access for drinking whenever you want.
The CamelBak Rogue will suit most users. There is a harness attached to the pack that you need to put over your back. It comes with a clip that makes the harness quite adjustable. You can easily extend it to fit you just right. While it certainly makes things easier, you may still find the fit to be a bit restrictive if you have very broad shoulders.
An important thing we noticed was the absence of any waist belt. You're less likely to feel any performance issues when on a casual hike, but the pack may not perform well on rougher downhill sections with no belt to prevent excessive movement of the pack.
However, it changes when you hit a rocky downhill. If your wheels become airborne, you will notice the Rogue do the same. It seems the pack has its own mind and moves wherever it wants when you lean into corners and back. With an increase in the momentum, there’s an equal uptick in the intensity at which the bag moves. It’s a little unnerving.
It means you can certainly put your money on the Rogue if you're a trail rider and in for a smooth, comfortable ride. It performs efficiently while training running, but that is usually the case when the hydration pack is not entirely filled. But for more serious trail riders, the Rogue may not serve as the finest choice out there.
Ease of Cleaning
However, it is important to point out that though the reservoir is removable, the siphon tube is not. That can make cleaning a bit more complicated as compared to other hydration packs currently available on the market. Some people believe that it is possible to remove the tube from the reservoir by soaking that end in hot water for about 5 minutes. The plastic will expand and you will be able to pull it off with more ease. It may help, but doing it repeatedly can cause other problems.
The Rogue is equally suitable for people looking for a pack for mud runs and marathons. You need a hydration pack because it is usually difficult to find a water station at a mud run race, and the Rogue works great to keep you hydrated.
Comparison to Other Brands
The carrying capacity of the Rouge is good but nothing impressive or out of the ordinary. Nevertheless, it is much better than the CamelBak Classic, which is heavier than the Rogue and has a significantly lesser carrying capacity. The Rogue has the same weight as the Teton Sports Trailrunner, but the Rogue manages to perform better in other areas, such as comfort and durability.
If you're more interested in carrying a lighter pack with reasonably good storage capabilities, the Rogue is a good bet. For a bag with a better carrying capacity though, you can put your money on something like the Wacool 2L.
The Rogue may not be the easiest hydration pack to clean, but it certainly performs much better than many of its competition, including the Osprey Syncro, Osprey Raptor 10, and even the Deuter Compact Air EXP 12. The Teton Sports Trailrunner is another immediate competitor, but it is significantly more challenging to clean it properly.