CamelBak Ultra LR Vest GIVEAWAY!

>> Wednesday, June 06, 2012

It's giveaway time! Today, I have a Camelbak 2012 Ultra LR Vest. It normally retails for around $130. It's called "an incredibly stable lumbar hydration system for long distance running or elite races."

The CamelBak website says this about it:


Hydration Capacity: 70 oz Lumbar (2 L)

Total Capacity: 200 cu in (3.28 L)

CamelBak® Got Your Bak™ Guarantee: If we built it, we'll Bak it™ with our lifetime guarantee.

Reservoir Features: Antidote Lumbar Reservoir with Quick Link™ System, 1/4 turn - easy open/close cap, lightweight fillport, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, PureFlow™ tube, easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening

BACK PANEL: Air Channel

HARNESS: Custom fit hook-and-loop adjust with cargo pockets and dual Slider™ Sternum Straps

BELT: Side cinch 1.5 in (38 mm) with cargo pockets

Additional Features: Safety whistle, quick stash overflow storage, lumbar reservoir compression, reflectivity

Designed to carry: Additional hydration, extra layers, nutritional supplements, keys


Hydration Capacity: 70 oz (2 L)

Total Capacity: 200 cu in (3.28 L)

Includes the new 70 oz (2 L) Antidote Lumbar reservoir with Quick Link™ System, 1/4 turn - easy open/close cap, lightweight fillport, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, PureFlow™ tube, easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening.

Pack Weight: 1.15 lbs (.54 kg)

Dimensions: 18.5 x 14 x 3 in (47 x 35 x 8 cm)

Fabric Specs: 70D Diamond Box Rip with DWR & 1000 mm PU coating

Torso Length: 16.5 in (42 cm)

This vest isn't dicking around. There's a lot of fluid storage in this, and a lot of zipper / bungee pockets. How do I know? Because the vest I'm giving away is currently in my house. Here I am wearing it last night:

Yep. The vest YOU might win has touched MY bare, hairy chest. That makes it more appealing to you... don't try to say otherwise.

(For the record, my wife was against taking the photos of me in just boxers and the vest on our porch that has 13 windows. But, then again, we've already made our reputation as "those" neighbors.)

But seriously, as you can see from those photos, the tags and the "protective plastic" around the mouth piece are still on. This is NOT a "tainted" used vest. This is a brand new $130 Camelbak vest. I have an "Avila" Hydrapak that I reviewed about a year ago, and I imagine many things are similar between this Camelbak and that Hydrapak. They hold the same amount of liquid, but the Camelbak has MUCH more storage for other goodies, and all of the water sits lower around your waist. The Hydrapak is good for day-to-day runs / rides, but this Camelbak is the SERIOUS vest for those super long runs / rides / races. (Click here for a thorough review on my Hydrapak - there are many similarities to this Camelbak.)

Being I haven't filled this Camelbak with water and TRULY tried it out (because I want to give it away), I'm not sure how it would work differently than the Hyrdapak. The Camelbak has a lower, horizontal bladder, so I could see it staying put a little better while running, but the belt could "dig in" a little more while biking. Give and take.



The people at Camelbak sent me this awesome 2012 Ultra LR Vest, and I'm passing it on to one of you!


Step 1: comment on this post to be entered. Seriously. It's that easy. Your comment could say something like "I wanna win!" Or it could say something like "I'm impressed with my cat's ability to play it cool with so many nipples." Whatever. You're entered.

Step 2 (optional): to earn +1 extra entry: follow me (SteveinaSpeedo) and CamelBak on twitter and send out this tweet (just copy/paste like you did in 11th grade History):

Stay hydrated! Enter @SteveinaSpeedo's GIVEAWAY for a 2012 Ultra LR @CamelBak Vest -

I'll tally all the comments and all the tweets, and draw a random winner. For example, if there are 150 comments and 50 tweets, the comments will be #s 1-150, and the tweets will be #s 151-200. I'll use to choose a random number between 1 and 200, and THAT will be the big winner!

Step 3: check back to see if you're a winner! I'll announce the winners in just over a week - sometime around Thursday, June 14th. It's EXTRA important to stop back if you’re not a blogger, because I have no way of contacting you! The contest is open for a week: NOW through midnight (central time) on Wednesday the 13th.

Pseudo-legal stuff:
- Contest is open to anyone in the WORLD. Sorry Russian cosmonauts on the space station; I can't ship to you.
- You may comment now (on THIS post) through midnight Central time on Wednesday June 13th.
- The winners will be chosen through a random number selection. If you’ve commented and tweeted, you'll earn 2 entries, thus bettering your chances at winning.
- Check back sometime around next Thursday (June 14th) to see if you won! (Especially if you don’t have a blogger account because I have no way of contacting you.)
- If I can't get in touch with the winner within 2-3 days, I'll choose a new winner. So check back!
- As with all of my reviews/giveaways, CamelBak has NOT asked me for a favorable review. All these opinions are mine.

So comment now to be in the running to win this vest!!

Thanks CamelBak!!

UPDATE: You don't earn an extra entry for doing this, but you can also LIKE CamelBak on Facebook where they share lots of fun sporty-related things! Oh, and in a totally different update, you guys are leaving the BEST comments! Thanks! :)


Kitzzy 7:07 AM, June 06, 2012  

Sweet! Count me in!

Colorado Gal 7:07 AM, June 06, 2012  

I need that! (And nice boxers, btw!)

ToddEP 7:13 AM, June 06, 2012  

Might be a useful thing for a long hike in MT.

Unknown 7:18 AM, June 06, 2012  

Great usual.

Jan 7:25 AM, June 06, 2012  

I think that Henry is the most handsome kid ever - And I'm not above sucking up if it will help me win this sweet giveaway.

Leah 7:28 AM, June 06, 2012  

There are four running dogs and a pack leader who would appreciate it greatly and use it every weekend!

Travis 7:38 AM, June 06, 2012  

Corduroy pillows make headlines!

Lenore_Happenstance 7:41 AM, June 06, 2012  

Just in time for probably 110 degree summer weather running - oy. I'd like to enter plus tweeted your message: @l_happenstance on twitter

Emily K 7:47 AM, June 06, 2012  

i would be honored to wear this! pick me!

Just Jen 7:47 AM, June 06, 2012  

What Super Powers do you have?
I want to win this!

bectom1 7:48 AM, June 06, 2012  

Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! Please :)

Unknown 7:51 AM, June 06, 2012  

I'd look cool in that.

Tribecca 7:58 AM, June 06, 2012  

Looks like a great camelbak!

Nelson 8:03 AM, June 06, 2012  

I surprised by how well my cat can get a camelbak on despite how many nipples she has.

This is even more impressive since I have a dog, not a cat, and he's male.

Nick 8:13 AM, June 06, 2012  

That vest would be great for mountain bike rides.

kristen 8:16 AM, June 06, 2012  

That is a serious vest. I hope that when I win it, it has a piece of your chest hair stuck in it.

longrun4fun 8:24 AM, June 06, 2012  

Please enter me. Oh that sounds wrong. My wife is cool and has 18 nipples....that's no better. That CamelBak is cool!

Joe 8:29 AM, June 06, 2012  

Oh, I am *so* in on this one!

Jeremy Reichenberger 8:34 AM, June 06, 2012  

What a great giveaway! I'm in!

Katie 8:35 AM, June 06, 2012  

Now that you mention it, I AM impressed with my cat's ability to play it cool with all those nipples...

I have a standard issue number of nipples, but I think this Camelbak would increase my ability to play it cool as well.

Chris Swenke 8:36 AM, June 06, 2012  

Fishing for boat engines.

Unknown 8:39 AM, June 06, 2012  

This looks pretty sweet, thanks Steve!

Coy Martinez 8:49 AM, June 06, 2012  

I need a new hydration pack. I'm in. Do those cool underware come with it?

Coy Martinez 8:49 AM, June 06, 2012  

Hang on a sec....I spelled underwear wrong.

Coy Martinez 8:51 AM, June 06, 2012  

I'm following you and CamelBak. :)

The Evil Twin 8:53 AM, June 06, 2012  

Roses are red, Bacon is give me a CamelBak!

Katie 8:56 AM, June 06, 2012  

Pick me, Steve! please?

Casey 9:09 AM, June 06, 2012  

I am in...hopefully it provides enough chest support for my moobs?

Lisa A.,  9:10 AM, June 06, 2012  

Yeah for "entire world" contests - I always feel so left out in your giveaways. I'm in!

Katie 9:11 AM, June 06, 2012  

Will it help my chances to say I need this so I can train for and run in the MDRA Grand Prix next year?

Amber 9:15 AM, June 06, 2012  

Love CamelBak, could use a new awesome one!

Carolina John 9:17 AM, June 06, 2012  

I want it! I've got my first ultra (40 miles in georgia) coming up in december. Looks like a beauty!

AndyP,  9:19 AM, June 06, 2012  

Yes please!

Mooser 9:27 AM, June 06, 2012  

Love the sexy boxers and the manly hairy chest. Now if only your legs were up to par...

SKMDT 9:27 AM, June 06, 2012  

What's got two thumbs and likes free stuff? This guy!

OK, that works better visually, but it's still true.

Sue 9:28 AM, June 06, 2012  

Yes, please. Would love to have that vest that was near your hairy chest. And boxer. On the multi-windowed porch. LOL.

Dwayne 9:32 AM, June 06, 2012  

Outstanding! I've always been lacking in lumbar hydration, so this would be a great win for me.

Dwayne 9:35 AM, June 06, 2012  

And I'm following you and Camelbak as well! @boiler52

Dwayne 9:35 AM, June 06, 2012  

And I'm following you and Camelbak as well! @boiler52

Leigh 9:35 AM, June 06, 2012  

Choose me, pretty please! :) I am following you and Camelbak on Twitter...about to go send out that tweet now!

BriTriGuy 9:39 AM, June 06, 2012  

I wish I had a pair of boxers like that.

Justin K,  9:44 AM, June 06, 2012  

I need this!

Anonymous,  9:58 AM, June 06, 2012  

I'm so getting my husband the same boxers...count me in for the contest too!

Anonymous,  9:59 AM, June 06, 2012  

I twooted your contest!

SteveQ 10:10 AM, June 06, 2012  

Hey, I've got a major birthday coming up... and no friends, so I need companies to send me gifts.

Foges 10:15 AM, June 06, 2012  

is that a life vest or a CamelBak!

Mary in Crystal,  10:20 AM, June 06, 2012  

Thanks and count me in!

kyle. 10:22 AM, June 06, 2012  

cool. i was just looking at one of these the other day.

jay Zemke,  10:28 AM, June 06, 2012  

I'm so in! Thanks

Priscilla Crawford 10:29 AM, June 06, 2012  

I would love to have this vest - I am training for my first 50k!

rekna 11:24 AM, June 06, 2012  

If I win do I have to wear it with "super powers" boxer shorts? Count me in, please.

Sarah 11:33 AM, June 06, 2012  

This would be SO fantastic on our 100 mile century ride! Fingers crossed!!!


Sarah 11:35 AM, June 06, 2012  

And I followed & tweeted! Oh, please! Oh, please, pick me! :) Thanks for the chance!!!


Michael Søe 11:48 AM, June 06, 2012  


Guess im in ;)

Unknown 12:14 PM, June 06, 2012  

Not gonna lie... I'm sort grossed out by the bare, hairy chest contact. But I really dig that vest. Dammit!

dan 12:25 PM, June 06, 2012  

Nice vest & underwear

Chad 12:33 PM, June 06, 2012  

"This vest isn't dicking around."

Haven't heard that phrase in a long time.

Nicolas 12:42 PM, June 06, 2012  

Definitely need this...

Thx for the giveaway!

Unknown 1:11 PM, June 06, 2012  

I definitely need that for my first marathon this September!

Unknown 1:19 PM, June 06, 2012  

I need to win this! My other camelback isn't really made for long distance running at all, and I have to stop and take it off to get gels out. Not fun! Mine also doesn't have the fluid capacity, and I can easily drink the whole thing.

TriEric 1:22 PM, June 06, 2012  

I haven't worn boxers in years but I could use a used...pair. So the Camelbak comes with the boxers?

Alisen,  1:25 PM, June 06, 2012  

Nice giveaway! This would be great for training in the Texas heat!

Alisen,  1:27 PM, June 06, 2012  

I tweeted about the goods!

Anonymous,  1:40 PM, June 06, 2012  

I think we need to ask Pharmie if your boxers really contain super powers, but I really don't want to know!

K 1:50 PM, June 06, 2012  

I need this!!! Looks great!

Anonymous,  2:24 PM, June 06, 2012  

I like turtles.

Sparklinglady 2:56 PM, June 06, 2012  

i need a vest that doesn't dick around.

Christine 3:39 PM, June 06, 2012  

I totally need that camelbak! (and only because it touched your hairy bare(bear?) skin.

Amy 3:58 PM, June 06, 2012  

I definitely need this, and I wasn't going to enter until I saw the picture and realized that I could own something that had touched you. How awesome would that be? I imagine, if times were tough, I could sell it on ebay for a couple million dollars.

roughkat 4:16 PM, June 06, 2012  

I could use this when I run the Black Hills 100 mile in a few weeks.

Robyn 4:50 PM, June 06, 2012  

Ice cream has no bones, but chicken tastes even better deep-fried.

Robyn 4:51 PM, June 06, 2012  

Tweeted and following!

Ann 5:06 PM, June 06, 2012  

Would love to win this!! :)

The Adventures of Amanda 5:41 PM, June 06, 2012  

Would definitely love to win this, although I'd be using it to hike the Grand Canyon!

Rebecca 6:14 PM, June 06, 2012  

If a snake is born with two heads, the heads will fight over food and even attack each other. Bummer.

Holly 6:16 PM, June 06, 2012  

I'd love to win this--I haven't found any drinking fountains in the foothills of Colorado!

Michele Krome,  6:19 PM, June 06, 2012  

Wow what a fantastic give away - I would love to win this CamelBak - would be great when riding my mountain bike or doing adventure races.

nrmrvrk 6:50 PM, June 06, 2012  

I want to win a Camelbak that smells like Steve's sweaty belly hair.

Anonymous,  7:11 PM, June 06, 2012  

Gotta have it!

Merrilee 7:16 PM, June 06, 2012  

I have a goat. Her name is Persephone. She's pregnant so her nipples are spectacular. And goats and camels are both ungulates. Thanks Steve and CamelBak!

Wendy Fisch,  7:24 PM, June 06, 2012  

Love it! Want it! =)

Now all I can picture are cat nipples...


Kristin,  7:30 PM, June 06, 2012  

I'm impressed with my cat's ability to play it cool with so many nipples.


But seriously, folks, that vest would be great for hiking.

Anonymous,  7:44 PM, June 06, 2012  

Is it wrong that my first thought was: "I wonder what else I can drink from that?"...of course I'm talking about Gatorade...maybe!


Thanks in advance (because I can just feel I'm the winner - I even looked in the mirror and proclaimed it, Stuart Smalley style).

Mike in Mankato

David Goss 7:55 PM, June 06, 2012  

Is that an actual camel wearing it?!? Oh wait, that's Steve's hairy body!!! Enter me!

C.Millner,  7:56 PM, June 06, 2012  

Super Powers?? What might those be?

dan mooring,  8:03 PM, June 06, 2012  

My wife seriously needs this, she sweats more than you on the trainer.

Anonymous,  8:26 PM, June 06, 2012  

Your boxer and hydration vest pic has made my dog start licking her butt. I hope I win. Thanks, AmyD

Anonymous,  9:23 PM, June 06, 2012  

Great give away.
Put me in for one.
Clinton in Mooresville, nc

Aspen Incashola 9:27 PM, June 06, 2012  

I WANT IT! Super cool!

Josie 9:40 PM, June 06, 2012  

I'm the proud mom of a beautiful 19 month old girl. Perhaps Henry is into toddler cougars??? ;)

TriDan 9:57 PM, June 06, 2012  

I could use this to stay hydrated.

Dave M 10:16 PM, June 06, 2012  

Send it right to me, Steve! I could use some new gear.

MatevzH 12:26 AM, June 07, 2012  

Am i too late? If, yes i will sue Apple and Fliboard for not bringing this up. If not, thank you :-)

Mr. A 12:57 AM, June 07, 2012  

It's safe to say I will be using this for my Hash Runs. Oh and I am in for two.


pedalgeek,  1:26 AM, June 07, 2012  

might cause nipple chafe without a shirt...pick me and I'll provide the updates.

JP 7:50 AM, June 07, 2012  

Is there a minimum character count required for a post? I thought about one letter, but didn't want to disqualify myself.

Unknown 8:08 AM, June 07, 2012  

In, tweeted too - @TrijayhawkRyan. Hoping also that you didn't lick the nozzle of the Camelbak or it didn't accidentally fall down and glance off your boxers... ;)

ShaRee,  8:43 AM, June 07, 2012  

Sign me up! :) Thanks

Jack in Hagerstown MD,  9:17 AM, June 07, 2012  

I'm in, I'd love a new camelbak as well.+

Tiffany Mattes 10:03 AM, June 07, 2012  

Sweet!! **And I'm not talking about the hairy guy in the boxers!! Retweeted too!

Dan Seifring aka "OBRATS" 12:07 PM, June 07, 2012  

I'll throw my entry for this awesome vest. And also tweet.

StijnVM 1:40 PM, June 07, 2012  

Free hydration , count me in.

Anonymous,  2:08 PM, June 07, 2012  

That would definitely come in handy in Arizona!!

Anonymous,  2:08 PM, June 07, 2012  

Tweeted! @ratherbeswimmin

Chris Jones 2:21 PM, June 07, 2012  

Man, I really need a camelbak too.

46 2:58 PM, June 07, 2012  

Let see if I win something this time...

Jan in Katonah,  3:47 PM, June 07, 2012  

Please pick me for the giveaway. That is a nice looking pack.

The Track Hack 3:51 PM, June 07, 2012  

Enjoying the prospect of much chafing...

Alex Rodriguez 4:22 PM, June 07, 2012  

Unicorns pooping rainbows!

Jay 4:26 PM, June 07, 2012  

no comment. oh the irony.

The Boring Runner 4:50 PM, June 07, 2012  

I like bananas because they have no bones!

Also, pick me.

Also also, I'm thirsty, so REALLY pick me.

TriMOEngr 10:38 PM, June 07, 2012  

Love your blog - love winning stuff - please draw my name.

Unknown 2:42 AM, June 08, 2012  

If I won and also wore it shirtless, that'd be 2 quite hairy people putting their hair all over this thing. I hope it has a chest hair brush pocket.

smackers 10:33 AM, June 08, 2012  

All over it Steve, Camel me up!

Lesser is More 11:28 AM, June 08, 2012  

Mmmm...chest hair. That contains electrolytes, right?

Chad 11:46 AM, June 08, 2012  

Would love to win it!

Steven tips 11:50 AM, June 08, 2012  
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Michael Grove 11:51 AM, June 08, 2012  

Would be great to win this!

Michael 1:58 PM, June 08, 2012  

It really WOULD be great to win this...I wonder how it would ride on a run though. I'd like to find out. !

Nathaniel 5:55 PM, June 08, 2012  

Sign me up and make me win you hairy man. :) Good luck this weekend.

Shelly 6:19 PM, June 08, 2012  

I really want to win those underwear but I'll settle for the CamelBak.

Heather 6:50 PM, June 08, 2012  

Go Celtics. Beat the Heat.

Erin 11:38 PM, June 08, 2012  

I'd love to win this!

Steel Springs 12:15 AM, June 09, 2012  

I'd love to be entered. Thanks!

RunningLaur 10:28 AM, June 09, 2012  

After backpacking 2 weeks ago, I was thinking of looking for a lumbar hydration unit, ideally with a vest. Turns out, here it is!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman 11:37 AM, June 09, 2012  

I love my hydration pack for long runs. But I could use another for non-super sweaty excursions.

Thanks Steve!

Brad 2:47 PM, June 09, 2012  

That would be perfect to start ultra training!

James F,  5:37 PM, June 09, 2012  

Nice one. Got to be in it to win it :)

Phil 6:29 PM, June 09, 2012  

Thanks for offering this - I'd love to win!

jess 6:59 PM, June 09, 2012  

I want it, and I love cats.

Carmen M.,  9:00 PM, June 09, 2012  

please i'd like to win!

Rachel Elizabeth 5:26 PM, June 10, 2012  

I'd love to win this! And I tweeted :) I pretty much joined twitter just to enter your contests.

Brian in Little Rock 6:47 AM, June 11, 2012  

Pick me, little random number generator.
Brian in Little Rock

Joel 5:55 PM, June 11, 2012  

That would be awesome!

Meg,  8:35 PM, June 11, 2012  

I could definitely use this!

Anonymous,  8:47 PM, June 11, 2012  

Count me in. Susan in Shoreview.

Katie 8:17 AM, June 12, 2012  

Ooooooooooooo--NICE!!! I'd love it! PICK ME! (and I tweeted)!

Donna G 3:06 PM, June 12, 2012  

This would look amazing with my new Union Jack Total Body Suit ...

Gretchen 6:48 AM, June 13, 2012  

Would it help if i said i heart steve in a speedo?

Neophyte TriGuy 7:08 AM, June 13, 2012  

Could use me one of those!

Neophyte TriGuy 7:09 AM, June 13, 2012  

Could use me one of those

Josh Whitehead 7:12 AM, June 13, 2012  

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Graham 7:17 AM, June 13, 2012  

Oh if I were to win any of your giveaways please, please, please, please let it be this one!!!!

-KG 7:53 AM, June 13, 2012  

This would be awesome to win!
Thanks Steve

Needlerunning 8:11 AM, June 13, 2012  

That would be awesome to have. Pick me!

Randy,  9:29 AM, June 13, 2012  

Everyone should have a hydration pack including me. I would be very grateful if I won.

Steve Miller 9:33 AM, June 13, 2012  

I may as well reduce the random chance of someone else winning.

Rose 10:03 AM, June 13, 2012  

sweet boxers. I wanna win!!!

Kris 10:42 AM, June 13, 2012  

Would love to try it out! Thanks for the giveaway!

traildiva 11:05 AM, June 13, 2012  

I have abused my current running pack almost to death. This would be a great replacement.

Richard C. 11:47 AM, June 13, 2012  


Thanks so much for taking the time to do this.

I enjoy your site.


Anonymous,  12:58 PM, June 13, 2012  

Great giveaway!

D Davis 2:47 PM, June 13, 2012  

i would love to win that!

Chad May,  5:54 PM, June 13, 2012  

I can't wait to fill that thing with beer!

tom 6:36 PM, June 13, 2012  

me me me! Pick me!

Anonymous,  7:22 PM, June 13, 2012  

Camelbak makes some of the best gear EVAR. Thanks for sharing, Steve!

Shrinking Sara 7:28 PM, June 13, 2012  

I'm in, great give away!

Unknown 8:09 PM, June 13, 2012  

Need to win. Need to win.

Kara,  9:40 PM, June 13, 2012  

Is it weird that I like the super powers underwear more than the Camelbak? Irregardless (is that a word?), i'm in for the draw!

Ordinarylife 4:37 AM, June 14, 2012  

I hope I am not too late.... Yikes.

I am doing my first long unsupported trail run(40km) in September and this would be perfect

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