CamelBak Circuit Vest

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The Camelbak Circuit Hydration Vest is an upgrade from the Camelbak Marathon Vest. It’s the smallest hydration vest in Camelbak’s line and therefore the lightest. The latest version of the Camelbak Circuit Vest is 30 percent lighter than previous models providing a more streamlined design and less air resistance. This is the perfect hydration vest for those who don’t want to carry a lot of kits and simply want the ability to get up and go. The vest comes in three color options which are atypical for most vests, which usually only offer one alternate color theme to choose from. This gives athletes that added personalization option.

Pros
  • Water reservoir allows for quick opening and low profile
  • Extremely breathable 3D mesh
  • Many color themes to choose from
  • Reports that it’s soft enough to wear without a shirt
Cons
  • The Crux water reservoir takes up a bit of space
  • Loose straps from sizing
Use
Use

Use

The Camelbak Circuit Hydration Vest is a great choice for a few hours to half-day run or hike where fill stations aren’t present. It holds plenty of water for the duration of the excursion and the pockets afford plenty of storage space for all necessities. It will also work perfectly well in longer races where fill stations are provided with extra room to hold gels, snacks, salt tabs and other items to keep athletes going. When fill stations are available, athletes can keep moving as long as they want.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Every part of the vest that comes in contact with your body is composed of 3D Ventilated Mesh which maximizes air flow. Some users report that it’s soft enough to wear without a shirt which really adds to the great technology afforded in the 3D Ventilated Mesh. Users can also include ice in the water reservoir on hot days and use it as an ice pack to keep body temperatures low.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The front of the Camelbak Circuit Hydration Vest includes two sliding chest straps, the lower one is elastic. This helps the vest not inhibit heavy breathing on intense passes. The sides of the vest include a two-way tightening mechanism allowing the vest to hug your body for an optimum fit while eliminating bounce. Some report that the extra leftover straps tend to flap and get in the way, but these can be tucked into the lower front pockets or trimmed to remove any flapping. The 3D Ventilated Mesh is extremely breathable and soft on the skin eliminating irritation and overheating.
Size
Size

Size

The Circuit vest weighs 6oz. The vest can hold up to 1.5L of water or 3.31 pounds which makes the whole vest weigh under 4 pounds. This is light enough to disappear as another piece of clothing. It can hold up to an additional 3.5L for gear. The vest only comes in one size, but it can be adjusted to fit each wearer. It best fits chest sizes 28 inches to 46 inches. It’s narrower, shorter and more aerodynamic than the Marathon vest so runners and hikers can keep moving with less air resistance.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Camelbak Circuit Hydration Vest is composed of 70D Nylon which promotes resistance to wear and tear and 3D Mesh which provides extreme breathability. It also comes with a Camelbak lifetime warranty for any workmanship or manufacturer defects so athletes always have peace of mind knowing that Camelbak backs their products.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

The vest includes the 1.5L water reservoir. If you want additional water bottles for the front pockets, they need to be purchased separately. The main compartment can even hold a light jacket for temperature or elevation changes, if needed.
Features
Features

Features

The front of the Camelbak Circuit Hydration Vest has four pockets. The two larger pockets are lower and tighten with a bungee cord. These are great for extra water bottles or snacks. Two smaller pockets sit higher on the front of the vest. One is slightly hidden and can hold a car key, while the other is zip sealed and sweat proof which is great for a cell phone.
The water reservoir allows for quick access when running as the ¼ turn cap permits the reservoir to quickly be refilled so that the vest doesn’t have to be removed during a race. The cap is oversized which is helpful in the cold when fingers are a bit numb. The reservoir is also low profile so that it doesn’t move around much when running. The bite valve offers 20 percent more water per sip giving runners and hikers more hydration more quickly so they can keep moving. The water reservoir design includes Hydroguard antimicrobial technology to prevent bacterial growth in the tube and reservoir. As an added bonus, the rear compartment can also fit a light jacket for peace of mind.
Style
Style

Style

The vest was designed with reflective marking on the front and back so that runners and hikers can stay visible in low-light situations for added safety. It comes in three color themes: Black/Atomic Blue; Deep Amethyst/Fiery Coral; Lime Punch/Silver so athletes can best choose the color scheme that is best for them. It’s the smallest vest in Camelbak’s line and therefore the lightest and most aerodynamic. This is great for athletes who want a minimalist design while keeping necessary trail items with them at all times.
Price
Price

Price

The Camelbak Circuit Hydration Vest costs less than most hydration vests on the market, but it also doesn’t include any rear storage except for the water reservoir. For runners looking for a minimalist vest for carrying essentials and a water reservoir, this is a great option and offered at a low price. It’s lightweight and breathable enough that most athletes forget it’s with them making this an excellent contender for a hydration vest.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•1.5L Crux Water Reservoir for substantial hydration
• 3D Ventilated Mesh for extreme breathability and comfort
•At a starting weight of 6oz, the pack stays lightweight throughout use
•Two sliding chest straps provide a personalized fit and eliminate bounce
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

This is a great vest for those who don’t want to carry many items but are instead looking for a minimalist running or hiking hydration vest. It’s the lightest vest in the Camelbak line, providing an aerodynamic design and won’t bog down the user. The 3D mesh technology keeps runners cool and comfortable so they can go further for longer. It holds plenty of water at 1.5L, and with refill stations, the vest can keep runners going all-day long. With a low price tag and an excellent design, athletes can’t go wrong with the Camelbak Circuit Hydration Vest for all of their trail needs.