Camelbak Motherlode Lite 37L with 3L Antidote Reservoir
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NEW DOUBLE-RIP CORDURA® FABRIC TEAMED WITH AN ANTIDOTE RESERVOIR.
− 500D Double-rip Cordura® Fabric for the ultimate combination of strength and durability
− Two-zipper, clamshell opening on main compartment
− Side-release buckles for quick release from shoulder harness
− Side compression straps
− D-Rings and webbing loops for tube management
− Adjustable sternum strap
− MOLLE attachment system integrated to front of pack
− Top webbing hanger loop
− Mil Spec Antidote® 100 oz Long, Low-Profile Baffled Reservoir
− Quick Link™ Exit Port & Drink Tube: clicks off for faster refilling with auto shut-off
− QL HydroLock™ Bite Valve Adapter: easy, one-handed manual on/off water flow
− Antidote® air-light fillport: industry’s largest opening with 1/4 turn open/close for a quick secure seal that can’t be over-tightened
− Insulated drink tube cover to maintain water temperature and protect tube from harmful UV rays
VOLUME: 2260 cu in (37L) + 3L Reservoir
100 oz (3L) Mil Spec Antidote™ Reservoir; 42 in (107 cm) PureFlow™ Tube; Insulated tube cover; Bite valve cover; Black Big Bite™ Valve; Black QL HydroLock™
500D Double-rip Cordura® fabric front panel, gussets and shoulder harness front side > 420D high density nylon on shoulder harness back side, and back panel > 10 mm EVA foam shoulder harness
210D Poly lining > IR Nylon webbing > 14 mm and 5 mm closed cell PE foam on back panel > Polypropylene webbing
CAMELBAK MOTHERLODE KIT REVIEW (COLD WEATHER)
Introduction: The Camelbak Motherlode daysack was used by a GPMG gunner in the light role environment, during a 7-day exercise in Estonia with temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius.
Reservoir Set Up: After an hour on the ground, the reservoir proved unfit for purpose due to the freezing temperatures. However, it was easy to remove from the main unit.
Easy Storage and Access: The smaller pockets were ideal for storing fiddly items such as HMNVS and ear defence. This separation from the main pouch made them more accessible and protected them from the larger items. Conversely, the 37L main compartment provided ample storage space for numerous, larger items including cold weather clothing sealed in waterproof bags, up to 600 rounds of 7.62mm link and 24hrs rations. A mesh storage area within the main compartment enabled the user to separate items further, giving easy access to a notebook and pen, spare gloves and smaller items of warm kit, such as a beanie hat.
Comfort and Feel: The user complained that the pack pulled away from the body when fully loaded with ammunition and personal equipment. This was partly due to the VIRTUS body armour, around which the chest strap could not be connected. In general, however, the pack was comfortable and did not sway whilst patrolling in 2ft snow. It was easy to remove, enabling the gunner to adopt a rapid firing position when required. Similarly, the external handheld straps enabled the user to carry the pack without slinging it over his shoulder, which proved useful when bounding forward over short distances.
Overall: The Motherlode proved to be a functional daysack whilst operating as a GPMG gunner in a Light Role environment. Unfortunately, it was not possible to test the reservoir system, due to the freezing temperatures. The pack was comfortable and robust, whilst operating in extreme cold weather conditions.
Feedback from Salisbury Plain Training Area it that it is very comfortable to carry in a patrol order on top of virtus body armour and webbing. Chest clip on the daysack is very useful as it keeps it intact with the body. It is highly recommended, suitable and realistic even more in Urban Operating Environment. It does handle wet weather and quick release from shoulder harness is quite handy.