I was thrilled to have the opportunity to test and review the women’s CamelBak Annadel running pack initially, but then worried that maybe I wouldn’t like it as much as my beloved Nathan Intensity pack.
It turns out that they are completely different packs and they each have attributes that make me glad to have them as a part of my running gear.
My Nathan holds 70 ounces which is desirable on long hot runs without water refill options. The Annadel holds 50 ounces and has a very sleek profile. It’s quickly become my go-to pack for shorter runs in the heat. (For me, around two hours or less.) I do wish the Annadel had front pockets on it for quick access to gels or cell phone, but the trade-off is that this pack is so light and easy to get on and off that it’s not been a problem. I think the main consideration when designing this pack was minimalism and comfort and they achieved that.
There are two pockets on the back of the pack. The top pocket is very roomy with a key clip (love that) and two mesh compartments perfect for tucking in a couple of gels.
The bottom pocket has ample room for a cell phone.
On to the fit!
Within five minutes of taking the pack out of the box I was ready to run. It was that easy to adjust the straps to a perfect fit! This pack and its design really could not be any more simple. A little adjustment on the side straps and then cinching up the sternum strap and you are off and running. I’ve run with the pack nine times on runs from three miles up to nine miles and have not had any chafing issues at all. The air mesh harness with soft lining is super comfortable.
Filling and cleaning the pack with fluid is pretty basic. The reservoir holds 50 ounces (1.5 L) and has ¼ turn – easy open/close cap.
This is one of the most attractive packs I’ve seen and comes in pretty, feminine colors that I think most women will love. Sure, we are tough runners…but we still want pretty gear, right?!
Some of the reasons that I’m in love with this pack:
- It is women specific and has a minimalist, lightweight design.
- It fits comfortably across my chest and back with no chafing or bouncing.
- It has an insulated reservoir that keeps your fluids cold.
- It features a “bite and sip” valve that is easy to use and works great.
- It has front and back reflectivity for those early morning/late night runs.
- It has two pockets that I use to carry my keys, gels and cell phone.
- It has a key clip to securely attach my key inside the large upper pocket.
- It is quick and easy to put on and take off.
- It is easy to fill and clean.
- It holds 50 ounces of fluid which is the perfect amount for me on a typical weekday run of 1-2 hours.
- It comes in fun, pretty colors! You can choose either pink/grey or blue/grey.
- It is affordable.
After running with the sporty Camelbak Annadel for over a month now, I feel confident in saying that I love this pack! It is perfect for summer. I love having a lightweight, easy to fill pack for those warm evening runs. I expected to have an adjustment period with the pack but from the very first time that I used it I would forget that I even had it on. The insulated reservoir works great and after an hour of running I am still drinking ice water.
Women that are looking for a slim, minimal pack with plenty of pocket space will love this pack.
Also, here is quick tip on how to prevent sloshing that David Hanenburg posted on Endurance Buzz a few years ago. This made all the difference for me in being able to run with a hydration pack. 🙂
– Julie Dolph
Talk CamelBak Annadel (David here)
Do you have the Annadel? What are your thoughts on it?
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Posted on 06 Jul 2012
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