Camelbak Delaney Plus Lumbar Hydration Pack

Manufacturer Description

Ideal for a 10K, the 24 oz Podium Bottle and 5 oz gel flask equip you to set a personal best.

Features

  • Hydration Capacity – .85 L (29 oz )
  • Cargo Capacity – 1.64 L (100 cu in)
  • Back Panel – Perforated foam with laminated mesh
  • Bottle – 0.7 L (24 oz) Podium Bottle and one 0.15 L (5 oz) gel flask
  • Belt – Side cinch with dual adjust
  • Front and back reflectivity
  • Waist belt pockets
    • Front – 9 cm tall x 17 cm wide x 2 cm deep (3.5 in x 6.7 in x .8 in)
    • Back – 13 cm tall x 18 cm wide at top & 9 cm wide at bottom (5.1 in x 7.1 in & 3.5 in)
  • Gel flask pocket (gel flask included)
  • Media pocket
    • 7 cm tall x 9 cm wide (2.8 in x 3.5 in)
  • Fabric – 70D Diamond Clarus with DWR + 1000mm PU coating & perforated NuFoam
  • Measured
    • Pack weight – 203 g (7.1 oz)
    • Bottle weight – 72 g (2.5 oz)
    • Gel Flask weight – 22 g (0.8 oz)
  • Retail – $38

YMMV Review

I have been constantly looking for a lumbar pack for running. I have found several backpacks that have been good options and reviewed on the site but the lumbar pack has been a tough find. I am looking for a couple specific things on the pack: storage pocket, gel flask pocket, small belt pock, and preferably a buckle closure system. The Camelbak Delaney Plus has these features, would it be the one?

The Whole Pack

Design ★★★★☆

The Camelbak Delaney Plus has all the features I am looking for in a lumbar hydration pack. The pack is solidly made. There is one slanted water bottle pocket in the back. You can use whatever bottle you would like but it comes with a Camelbak Podium bottle which is an outstanding bottle on its own. The Podium bottle has a jet valve that you can lockout so it does not leak.  Next to the water bottle holder is the main zippered pocket. Against the back the pocket is lined with a nylon material to keep sweat from getting on the items inside. The pocket is descent size allowing you to store bars, gels, and other small items. Inside there is also a stretch pocket for media items like a phone and a key clip. Around the bottle holder is a bungee cord that can be used to attach an extra layer if needed. The rest of the back padded area is made out of a perforated foam mesh for structure, breathability, and comfort.

Podium Bottle

The strap is a 3 cm (1.2 in) webbing strap that has a front zippered pocket and gel flask holder attached to it. These are both attached to similar mesh materials as the back pocket is. This front pocket is also good for other nutrition items or small items you may want to carry (iPod or chapstick). The connection point of the strap is a buckle on the left hip, the strap can be adjusted there and also on the other hip by another adjuster. Excess strap can be kept out of the way by being rolled up and then velcroed. As far as the design goes, my only complaints would be the location of the adjusters, by being on the hip bone areas they do not seem to hold very well. This will be addressed below. The other complaint I have is a webbing belt with a slight stretch to it would work better. It would allow the belt to be tightened more but flex a little while running. Just my two cents.

Back Section

Fit ★★★☆☆

The overall fit of the Camelbak Delaney Plus was as expected. It feels comfortable while running and when tight. The padding under the adjusters can sometimes fold under itself so I would just have to check when I put it on. The pack itself is comfortable on the lower back. I did not have any issues with chafing. With two adjustment points and lots of extra webbing, the Delaney Plus can fit a wide range of individuals, male or female.

Performance ★★☆☆☆

I was unfortunately disappointed with the performance of the Camelbak Delaney Plus. While most of the issues I had may be just me but the belt will not stay tight. The adjustment buckle is really loose. I had to slide the rolled up webbing into it so it would not loosen. On the other side it is a bit better but loosens over time so I have to pull it tight every couple minutes. Over the course of an hour run this can get annoying. The more I have loaded in the pack the more I have to adjust it. Since I believe this is the most important aspect of the pack, I dinged its rating greatly.

Buckle & Strap

The pocket in the back and front both worked well. The gel flask holder does a good job of securing the included flask. Others gel flasks were tested and will fit as well. The water bottle also stayed secure while running and was easy to get in and out while on. The back panel does make it warmer on the back but all packs do that. I did not find it any warmer than others out on the market. It wicks away moisture a little bit and dries quickly. The bungee cord is good for securing a layer and is easily adjustable.  Now there will be no reason to leave the extra layer behind.

Overall ★★½☆☆

While I feel like the Camelbak Delaney Plus is well made and has great features, it misses the boat when it comes to performance. A pack that bounces around and has to be constantly adjusted is a pack that will not get used in the long run. I have run with several other lumbar packs and will add this to the list of tired and moved on. While some people may not have any issues with it, unfortunately I did. If you are one of the lucky ones that do not have this problem, this will be a great pack for you. As always, Your Mileage May Vary.

Front Pocket Area

Pros

  • Good amount of storage space
  • Highly adjustable

Cons

  • Does not stay tight
  • Bounces more when loose

About the author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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