Camelbak Antidote (2013)

CamelBak is one of the big boys of bladders so should be well-practised at them by now. The opening to the Antidote is wide enough to get a hand inside for thorough cleaning, and it can be closed securely and simply with just a ¼ rotation of the lid. The hose attachment is of the quick-release valve type. This means the hose can be detached with the press of a button and no water will leak from the bladder once the hose is off. While these attributes make cleaning the Camelbak Antidote straightforward, it’s far more difficult to dry. Two drying arms attached to the opening are meant to hold the bladder open to allow air in and moisture out, but these really don’t work particularly well (unless, one assumes, you purchase the CamelBak drying hanger too). The bite valve lock is well-designed, but no mouthpiece cover is included, which, given the cost of the Antidote, seems like something of an oversight. The taste of the water is pretty clean, if a little plasticky – particularly when warm.

Capacity 2 litres
Dry weight 193g
Material polyurethane with Hydroguard silver-ion antimicrobial protection
Other sizes 1.5 litres, 3 litres


The Camelbak Antidote is a robust and reliable hydration pack with some clever design features, but difficulty in drying and the lack of a mouthpiece cover bring its higher price into question.

Review by Ben Weeks
First published in Trail magazine September 2013