Camelbak Omega Water Reservoir Review – Survival Gear

The Camelbak Omega Water Reservoir is a high quality replacement for your hydration bladder or sleeve. Used by the military, the Camelbak has a lifetime guarantee. If you don’t need a pack, just the hydration reservoir, this is a good, BPA free option at a reasonable price. This video goes over the features and why I chose to buy the Camelbak Omega for myself as my primary water container.

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  1. M. TODD
    M. TODD 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Have you tried to freeze your bladder ?       If so how did it work  ?        I used to freeze my cheap wally world one till my brother got it and it never came home  .    Used to fill it 2/3  freeze it , then fill when heading out the door on hikes , Cold water all day long , or until the water ran out  .

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  2. TheTeksone
    TheTeksone 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I use the cap when storing the unit in the refrigerator before an outing. I fill it, put the cap on the bottom, the hose is always in the hydration carrier. That way I can just grab and go with cold liquid in the bag without the need of ice cubes.

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  3. jordan abcd
    jordan abcd 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I got mine for 7.45

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  4. GeorgiaFamily SouthernStyle
    GeorgiaFamily SouthernStyle 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    i like that bryan.

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  5. Jerzy Samolis
    Jerzy Samolis 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Only suggestion is invest in the cleaning kit really makes it easy to maintain.

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  6. Ken Bretag
    Ken Bretag 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I love my Camelbak Omega Water Reservoir, when not in use it's easy to drain and dry for easy storage, I just dump all the remaining water out then hang with the large cap open, then after a day close it up and put it back in the pack and leave it there until the next hike, then just fill and go!

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  7. weinfin
    weinfin 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    how does it compare to the fat and short version?

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  8. MrSaber152
    MrSaber152 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    i find the insulation keeps water from freezing in the straw. good vid as alway

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  9. phillyphilhouse79
    phillyphilhouse79 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I have 3 (possibly 4) bladders that were issued to me in the army.  One that I've used and two that are still in the factory wrapper.  Anybody know how to get rid of that NASTY rubber garden hose taste?  Is it because I haven't used it in so long?  I don't remember it having such a nasty taste when I was using it in the army.  I haven't used it since I got out a few years ago and I recently took it out for hiking around the area.  Glad I did a taste test before I left.  LoL  I should probably just open one of the unused ones, but would like to just keep using this one until it falls apart or something.  I have an ILBE pack that I'll be testing out shortly.  If it sucks than I'm going to use the ole ALICE rucksack since I feel the molle rucksacks are just too damn big for backpacking.  I did my time humping that thing anyway.  No thanks.  Anyway, for camping and hiking I have a 1 quart and 2 quart canteen both full in my pack.  I can refill the camelbak and still have 1 quart of spare water left.  They add about 10 lbs altogether, but that's not a big deal considering the weight of the water will go down.  If anyone has better suggestions for getting rid of one of the canteens I'm all ears.  I'm still keeping the 1 quart though since it also has my canteen cup and stove that I carry with it.  The water would be used to heat up MRE's or Mountain House camping food packets.  In the winter I heat up some water in the canteen cup for some hot chocolate or if I really need to, to boil water to decontaminate it.  Yeah, I've got the water purification tablets but boiling it too never hurts.

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  10. trooper2221
    trooper2221 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Just got my bladder in today.

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  11. Nathaniel
    Nathaniel 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Would this fit in my ILBE Hydration carrier ?

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  12. Keith James Lapere
    Keith James Lapere 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    well i finally found a good price 40 bucks!!! including shipping not bad.And guess what?! Ordered it from the states!!! Finally!!
    Read and seen a lot of great reviews on these.
    Your's was the last one i came across which made my mind up,thx for the review!

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  13. Keith James Lapere
    Keith James Lapere 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    in Canada they are double the price. I seen how cheap they were over there and on Amazon but for some damn reason none of the places want to ship internationally.
    It was great when i had a Yankee gf that was a hop, step and a jump away, would get products to her address stay over for a few days than head back across the border where i didn't have to pay duty or any further taxes..
    That was many years ago. Maybe i'll just go looking for another one since they are much better than our Canucks.  
    By the way great video!!!

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  14. greg scheibe
    greg scheibe 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    i have one of these also man are they awesome.  your videos are very enjoying to watch keep up the good work awesome job!!!

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  15. tmrwic
    tmrwic 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Really helpful video!!! Thank you so much. 

    Just one more thing: how do you keep the valve and the hose from dangling around? Does your backpack have a feature to hold it in place somehow?

    God bless you. 

    Fr Land Down Under

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  16. Survival On Purpose
    Survival On Purpose 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    +rollingleaf71 I think you would need the 2 liter version to fit the hydration sleeve on that particular pack.  The Omega is available in 1.5 liter, 2 liter and 3 liter models.  The 2 liter is about 3rd from the top on this Amazon link (supports this channel):

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  17. rollingleaf71
    rollingleaf71 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    can i use that on a Feildline surge tactical backpack? Thank's!

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  18. OTS Preparedness
    OTS Preparedness 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Great Video!

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  19. TurtleWolf Pack
    TurtleWolf Pack 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I have to admit that I actually don't carry much water on me, tryed a hydration bladder a few weeks ago but the way it sat in my pack made the pack ride funny. Good idea, but not for everyone!

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  20. Darren Watson
    Darren Watson 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    How would or is it possible to use the Sawyer Mini with this bladder? Also, Ive never used a bladder in my backpack. Im worried about it leaking and getting all my gear wet. With this bladder, how do you feel about that?

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  21. xsnitrogen240
    xsnitrogen240 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    What is the best way to clean a bag that has been sitting empty all winter? I don't really want soap taste to linger in the bag but I want to kill all the critters.
    Thanks, Terrell

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  22. Damian Gatti
    Damian Gatti 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Great review, I purchased this on ebay and it is out for delivery right now.  I cannot wait to get it. Your review had a lot a information and was very helpful.  Thank you!!!! I agree with you on if you have a pack from like walmart or something other than a camelbak bag, a reservoir upgrade is awesome !! Especially the Omega.  

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  23. Andy Lundberg
    Andy Lundberg 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I bought 2 of these as well as the Source model for the ILBE carrier in my rucksack. The only thing that makes me like the Source military one is that the lower disconnect will not spray all over you lol.  I thought that this one wouldn't either until I soaked my floor when swapping from cap to hose.  If you are quick and can get a finger over the hole fast enough it isn't so bad. Not sure which one I really like the best at this point, need some time in the field to test them both I guess.



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  24. kk5sc
    kk5sc 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I have a similar bladder that came with my Camelbak MULE – which I use while on the ATV, bicycle or even as a daypack. My previous MULE gave me 10 years of service and survive many bike rides, including two MS-150s.

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  25. CarolinaRes-q
    CarolinaRes-q 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Also luv the wide opening easy to fill under ice marker. Carry it everyday in summer months

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  26. CarolinaRes-q
    CarolinaRes-q 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Yes you got the best, I have them in all my packs, and purchase them for all search and rescue teams. Wolf pack gear has a lot of stuff to with them.

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  27. abner galdos
    abner galdos 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I have a small one given to me by an army friend. .
    I'm in South Florida and work out in the field.
    it comes in handy.

    excellent, educational vidio
    thank you

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  28. houseoffire72
    houseoffire72 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Yo Bry hey man pm me your shipping and phone number or better yet email it to me at [email protected]…:) 

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  29. KennethKramm
    KennethKramm 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Hi Bryan.  Nice review.  I don't yet have a hydration bladder.  Your review is helpful in making a decision.  Thanks.  Ken

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  30. Alfonso Casillas
    Alfonso Casillas 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Make a video of how to clean it

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  31. cyclist01222
    cyclist01222 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I never could get used to these things and always go back to a conventional container. I do understand that they are useful in some situations but nothing I need. Good job Brian.

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  32. Living Survival
    Living Survival 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Great reservoir, I have the antidote non mil-spec but might have to pick up that Omega. I wish they made it smaller than 3L, I like to carry the 2L size. Good review.

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  33. Hawaii Volcano Squad
    Hawaii Volcano Squad 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I got the 70 oz version for my rush 24 bag

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  34. GeorgiaFamily SouthernStyle
    GeorgiaFamily SouthernStyle 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Good morning! I just posted a new video about one of my choices for a water container, I'm camping with the Boy Scouts right now so please forgive me if I'm a little slow in responding to comments. I promise I'll get back with you as soon as I can. Thanks. – Bryan

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  35. Jason Fishaholic Schneider
    Jason Fishaholic Schneider 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Great review. Love the camelbaks. After I drink from mine I blow the water left in the tube back into the bladder. Keeps it from getting hot. Otherwise I always use the short warm water to rinse my mouth when it gets dry from hiking. I hate drinking warm water. 

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  36. Jake Riethmeier
    Jake Riethmeier 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I have a camelbak I was issued probably 12 years ago and another one from about 7 years ago. I honestly don't prefer a camelbak. Mostly because i have to wear it under my float coat as a flight deck crewman and the water in it gets hot. But its that or fall out. Also have had heat rash develop in that spot. But I guess other spots too. Its tough to stay hydrated and impossible to be comfortable I guess. At least some places out there. I suspect yours will serve you well.

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  37. MatoNupai
    MatoNupai 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Hey Bryan; I would use the Sawyer mini filter inline myself.

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  38. Stanley Sprow
    Stanley Sprow 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    I love my camelback bladder.

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  39. J Canell
    J Canell 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Iy was very helpful.

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  40. 504 Dirt Dart
    504 Dirt Dart 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    That is the one I use – mine must be at least 10 years old, and never an issue.

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  41. Survival On Purpose
    Survival On Purpose 1 July, 2016, 07:10

    Good morning! I just posted a new video about one of my choices for a water container, I'm camping with the Boy Scouts right now so please forgive me if I'm a little slow in responding to comments. I promise I'll get back with you as soon as I can. Thanks. – Bryan

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