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Camelbak Phantom Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 38 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 23 reasons to buy the Phantom - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

99% of the reviewers give the Camelbak Phantom a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (82%)
Good (17%)
Average (0%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Camelbak Phantom:

Reviewers like these things about the Camelbak Phantom

  • Many users find the hydration bladder comfortably situated and easy to fill.
  • Some reviewers thought the waistbelt makes the pack sit comfortably.
  • Others love how the hydration tube is concealed and protected in the shoulder strap.
  • A lot of users thought the bag has a lot of capacity, suitable for daily use with alaptop and other electronics together with winter gear.
  • Some reviewers like how it stays compact when they want to pack light.
  • Skieers thought the ski straps work great.
  • Others love how the lumbar reservoir keeps the water weight low and close to the back.
  • The insulated drink tube is another favorite feature of the bag.
  • Many skiers love how it fits well and feels comfortable even after several hours of snowshoeing.
  • A lot reviewers appreciate the easy open zipper especially when they're trying to open the bag with ski gloves on.
  • Others find the goggle pocket and internal pocket nice.
  • The quick release hook for the top strap is also greatly praised by a number of users.
  • Some users love how the helmet strap neatly tucks away into the interior of the bag, keeping it nice and clean upfront.
  • Many users thought it works great for backcountry skiing.
  • A lot of reviewers love how the weight is distributed on the waist, and sort of settles into the lumbar curve of their back, so it feels snug and comfortable all day.
  • Many users noted how the pack feels very comfortable and provides easy access to items with its full zipper option.
  • Skiers love how the full zipper and exterior compression straps allowed them to pack the bag in a way that kept everything from sliding to the bottom.
  • Sturdy, well thought out design, comfort, compact, storage capacity, easy access and durability are cited as the main reasons for choosing this bag.
  • One user finds it very comfortable for riding down the mountain because he barely feels it on his back.
  • Others like the lined top pocket for lenses and sunglasses.
  • Some owners love how it holds multiple layers easily and how the water is distributed nicely.
  • Many users appreciate the presence of separate compartment for storing wet gear.
  • The dedicated gear pockets that keep their avalanche tools organized and accessible are also lauded by a lot of users.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some users thought the clips feel light and cheap.
  • Others find the waist belt too thick for their liking.


Crowdsourced specs across all Camelbak Phantom models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight2.9 oz (1.3 kg)
Length iconLength21-22 in (53-56 cm)
Width6-14 in (15-36 cm)
Height11-12 in (28-30 cm)

Popular Models

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Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight2.9 oz (1.3 kg)
Length iconLength21 in (53 cm)
Width6 in (15 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Camelbak Phantom features:
  • Ski carry
  • Snowboard carry

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


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The Camelbak Phantom ranks #6 compared with the other Camelbak bags.

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The Camelbak Phantom ranks #120 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Camelbak Phantom vs the Camelbak Spark.

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Camelbak Phantom vs Camelbak Spark

Camelbak Phantom
Camelbak Phantom


Based on 38 reviews
Weight: 2.9 oz

Camelbak Spark
Camelbak Spark

Based on 27 reviews

Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The Phantom is rated a little bit worse than the Spark.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 65 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Phantom is 164% heavier than the biggest Spark (2.9 oz vs 1.1 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Spark is available in these colors:

Bag ID 32144. Images from Amazon Product Advertising API and shop datafeeds.

Last updated on July 03, 2019