The CamelBak Cortez Deck Mounted Hydration System is an insulated hydration bladder that easily clips to the deck of your SUP or kayak. The Cortez features an external fill with a quick-snap cap that tightens in just a quarter turn. Latches to kayak, SUP or even a pack with with snap clips and a grip strip on the back helps to prevent slipping or sliding.
|Length:||18 in / 45.72 cm|
|Width:||8 in / 20.32 cm|
|Weight:||7.4 oz / 209.79 g|
|Material:||70D Diamond Clarus with DWR|
|Hydration Volume:||100 fl oz / 2.96 L|
I have used this on my kayak 3 times now. It works like a charm! I was sick of putting water bottles under my deck bungees only to have them get warm after 10 minutes of frying in the sun. I hate drinking warm water! The opening for filling the bag is larger enough to fit under my ice maker on my refrig. I fill almost half the bag with crushed ice and the rest water. It stays ice cold for hours & hours! The camelbak clips nicely to my kayak bungees. I have no problems reaching it to get a drink. The cap on the mouthpiece keeps it clean from lake or river water. The on/off switch works great, but I can't always tell which position it's in, & it's hard to read the little print. So I marked it with a dab of colored finger nail polish, so I know if it's open or not. Easy fix! All in all, this is a great product. No more freezing water bottles, or filling plastic bottles with ice that won't stay cold. This camelbak is a kayaker's dream!! I love it!
I purchased the Cortez hydration system for use in the footwell of my surfski. Compared to the prior camelbak this replaced, I love the higher capacity, rubberized bottom, bungees, safety whistle, clips, and the quick connect tube. Shortfalls are that the elbow on the quick- connect faces the wrong way for my setup (leads to a kinked hose), the tube is too short with this mounted in front of my feet, and it would be preferable to have an external fill option that doesn't require disconnecting the hose and removing the bag. These are mostly associated with my setup - design would work great on my sea kayak. Overall still a good purchase, ACK service and delivery was excellent.
I have been using Camelbak products for years, for everything from motorcycle riding to hiking to mountain biking. I recently took up paddling. I owned a Hydrobak and a Mule, but neither really worked for kayaking. I noticed that they were releasing the Cortez, so I purchased one from ACK. Pro's: 1. It fastens nicely to the deck bungees. It has 4 clips, that seem solid enough. I have had it on deck when I upended my kayak on land to empty it of water and it held fast. It has a bungee system on top of the bag so you can still place things there, even though it is covering your boats bungees. 2. The bitevalve has an easy to use cap on it. This keeps lake or seawater off the valve. 3. The hydration tube is longer than the one on my Mule, and it is insulated. I live in a warm climate and when using my mule with the uninsulated tube, the first sip is usually warm. I am not having this issue with the Cortez. Also, they were thoughtful enough to include a safety whistle that clips right to the hydration tube. It also has a zipper on the tube end that allows you to connect the hydration tube after the bladder is in the bag. 4. This uses the 3L bag, the same bladder that my Mule uses. I have actually set my new bladder aside and am using my older mule bladder for both. The quick connect on the bladder lets me interchange the hydration tube depending on whether I am paddling, it hiking or mountain biking. 5. This is a low profile bag, so I haven't had any noticable wind issues like one might expect from a larger deck bag. 6. The way the clips are designed, one could easily attach this to the back of a backpack as well. I havent done this, yet, but probably will as my current camping pack doesn't have a bladder pouch. Cons: 1. The deck where I fasten this to my kayak slopes forward. Since I fasten it with the tube end towards me, this means that as I drink, the tube end will be higher. I have reversed it so the tube end would be lower, and even though it is a longer tube, I would still have to lean forward to get a drink. To be fair, this hasn't prevented me from getting a sip, and its not really a fault with design, it's just a result of using this product with my kayak. 2. I would like to see a pocket on it large enough to contain a very small drybag for things like chapstick, snack bars, etc. I could use the bungees, I suppose, but a small pocket would be a nice addition 3. Color Selection seems to be limited. This isn't a huge deal, and in no way affects functionality, but having them available in the common kayak colors would be nice. 4. I am having to find more places to stop for relief. I suppose this one is both a Pro and a Con, but I am definitely staying hydrated and having to stop more than when I was just using a nalgene bottle. 5. It is a Camelbak, so it has a camelbak's price. Overall, I would recommend this, but with 4 stars. The reason I am not giving it a 5 is because of the lack of a pocket and the price. In my opinion, if they added a pocket, it would justify the price.