Stay Hydrated With The CamelBak Bootlegger – A Quick Review

Bringing a backpack with you while resort skiing, or hiking/running in winter conditions is tempting. At the very least, having hydration when you need it is essential. Then, there’s the consideration of extra gear, like a jacket, goggle lenses, wallet, sunglasses, and the list goes on.

CamelBak 2016 Bootlegger Hydration Pack
22 Reviews
CamelBak 2016 Bootlegger Hydration Pack

  • 230T Nylon Taffeta.
  • Back Panel: Breathable Air Mesh.
  • Harness: Open Mesh.
  • Back Panel: Snow Shed Harness: Therminator.

But when you consider the weight of everything you could bring, you evaluate whether you really need it. And then you look at the online videos of the dorks who get caught on ski lifts by their backpack straps and wonder just how much you even need to have water with you.

A backpack doesn’t mean something that’s weighty or cumbersome. Try the CamelBak Bootlegger.

CamelBak Bootlegger

The Bootlegger makes you focus on what you really need: 1.5 liters (50 ounces) of water.

The low-profile pack is the cold-weather version of a hydration vest, and fits nicely under your jacket, so no chance for overpacking or snagging on the lift. It’s also small enough to be comfortable to wear as-is on the lift, without having to remove it so you don’t, ahem, fall off.

The extra-light pack weighs 0.7 ounces, and is made of lightweight, breathable materials that won’t weigh you down.

The CamelBak Antidote reservoir is BPA-free and has a Quick Link connect system. The reservoir tube in insulated to keep your water from freezing in cold temperatures.

Two sternum straps keep the pack in place, and it won’t bounce around on you, whether you’re going out on a run, hitting the ski park, or cliff hucking.

I’ve brought this pack with me for resort skiing (for backcountry skiing, you need more room for safety equipment), as well as cross-country skiing and winter hiking.

Half the time, I hardly remember it’s on, and it doesn’t get in the way of my activities.

The CamelBak Bootlegger comes in one color (graphite) and lists for $55 on the CamelBak site. It’s also available at REI and Amazon.

Posted in


Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.