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#46172 - 08/09/05 04:33 AM Camelbak, bad taste!
InnerVoice Offline

Registered: 07/23/05
Posts: 7
Loc: Earth
I recently purchased a Camelbak BFM and used it for the first time today. I love the bag, but the taste of the water from the reservoir is TERRIBLE!!!! Just to give an idea of houw bad the taste was, my dog would not drink it. After adding a powdered drink mix it was still awful. Any one have any expirence with this, or have advise to fix it? Thanks for any info. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

#46173 - 08/09/05 04:43 AM Re: Camelbak, bad taste!
ken_nerve Offline

Registered: 10/19/04
Posts: 54
Loc: Singapore
IIRC, there is tapocia flour in the reservoir to prevent the insides from sticking together.
Did you rinse/soak it well before using?

#46174 - 08/09/05 11:50 AM Re: Camelbak, bad taste!

Try washing it with a solution of warm water & baking soda. Let it soak for a while (~30 min or so) then rinse with a mild (1T/L) vinegar/water solution. Finish with a plain water rinse and then see if any foul taste remains. You may need to do this cycle 2 or 3 times but it will get rid of any nasty, rubbery taste.

#46175 - 08/09/05 03:38 PM Re: Camelbak, bad taste!
Blues Offline

Registered: 05/27/01
Posts: 30
I know that Camelbak sells tablets for cleaning the inside of the bladders.

A cheaper solution is to buy generic denture cleaning tablets at Walmart, put them in the bladder and let the effervescent action go to work. Rinse afterward and the bladder should be much better.

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#46176 - 08/09/05 04:10 PM Re: Camelbak, bad taste!
Craig_phx Offline
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Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 715
Loc: Phoenix, AZ

Our family has seven CamelBacks. We have not had a bad taste problem. I would take it back to the store for an exchange.
Thermo-regulate, hydrate and communicate.

#46177 - 08/09/05 04:36 PM Re: Camelbak, bad taste!

Registered: 02/25/05
Posts: 33
Innervoice, I also have several of these and they will taste bad sometimes. The thing to do is use some cleaners like suggested in the rest of the replies to your post...lemon juice is good...the acid in it kills a lot of odors and tastes. One thing I do to combat the taste problem AFTER first use is try to always use bottled or filtered water in them...faucet water has little "thingies" growing all in it and loves to make the water bladder all slick and gooey..I have thrown them away for this offense before. Good luck and don't drink the water!
19+ years US Air Force. Heavy and Special Equipment Mechanic.

#46178 - 08/09/05 05:04 PM Re: Camelbak, bad taste!
InnerVoice Offline

Registered: 07/23/05
Posts: 7
Loc: Earth
Thanks for all fo the help. I will try your cleaning tips first. If that dosn't work <img src="/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" />, then i guess I will have to exchange it.

I cleaned it with mild soap and water before using the first time.

Edited by InnerVoice (08/09/05 05:21 PM)

#46179 - 08/09/05 07:55 PM Re: Camelbak, bad taste!
ChristinaRodriguez Offline

Registered: 02/24/03
Posts: 324
Loc: Rhode Island
I'm in the same boat as you, and glad that you asked the question before I had to!

I'm going to give the tips a shot as well. Before my first use, I cleaned it w/ mild soap and water, as the instructions specify.
I would equate the taste with the water the dentist uses to rinse out your mouth.

#46180 - 08/09/05 09:57 PM Re: Camelbak, bad taste!
Craig_phx Offline
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Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 715
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
We only use filtered water from our refriderator. Maybe that is why we don't have taste problems.
Thermo-regulate, hydrate and communicate.

#46181 - 08/10/05 10:33 PM Re: Camelbak, bad taste!
reconcowboy Offline

Registered: 03/01/05
Posts: 170
Loc: Ohio
I washed my out several times and it seems fine. Keep an eye on the hose. After a while I found mold growing inside mine. I wahed it thoroughly and it is fine.

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