The Ultimate 2017 Camelbak Hydration Pack Guide

Author: Tim McCullough   Date Posted:24 December 2016 


The 2017 range of Camelbak hydration packs sees many new and exciting features, new models and an all new reservoir across all models. 

The new reservoir is named CRUX - it's the culmination of customer feedback, athlete advice and a whole lot of product testing! The big improvements that have been made to the reservoir are:

  • A larger gauge hose that allows 20% more water for every sip. 
  • A more ergonomic handle
  • A larger fill port - it's up to 88mm
  • A new cap with extra finger grip that folds out of the way while filling
  • A better integrated On/Off valve
  • A baffle through the reservoir helps the bladder to retain a lower profile shape

The brilliant features that carry through from previous models are:

  • Big Bite Valve. The original hydration pack that is still the easiest to use, and never leaks
  • Hydroguard - Antimicrobial technology that inhibits the growth of bacteria inside the bladder and tube
  • Quicklink - The easy way to disconnect your tube from the reservoir. It incorporates an auto shut off valve to prevent leakage. Quicklink is only available on 3L packs.
  • Magnetic Tube Trap - The easiest way to stow your drinking tube.

It can often be a challenge to work out what pack is going to be right for you, so we've broken the range down into 5 categories.

  • Low Rider Series - Packs that use a lumbar reservoir to shift the weight from the shoulders, down to the hips. This keeps the pack nice and stable while allowing more freedom of movement for the upper body.
  • Bike Series - Perfect for most riders, these packs utilise a standard upright reservoir with a light weight. The bike range covers all possible storage and hydration requirements.
  • Impact Protection Series - Named KUDU, these packs are ideal for gravity focussed riders that want the safety of an inbuilt back protector while still carrying 3L of water and plenty of storage space
  • Women's specific - A diverse range of packs that cover all riders. Every aspect of these packs in optimised for the female anatomy.
  • Kids packs - Designed especially so you can take your little ones out on adventures too!

 

LOW RIDER SERIES

The fastest growing series in the Camelbak range. The Low Rider series is perfect for those who ride demanding trails and want the freedom of movement to ride as quick as they can! The design centres around getting the water reservoir nice and low and using the hip strap to take a good chunk of the weight. This not only removes weight from your shoulders but lowers your centre of gravity in general and creates a nice and stable pack.

  HAWG LR 20 MULE LR 15 SKYLINE LR 10 PALOS LR 4
 
STYLE LOW RIDER
GENDER UNISEX
BLADDER ALL NEW CRUX
LOCATION LUMBAR
WATER CAPACITY 3L 1.5L
QUICKLINK YES
CARGO CAPACITY 17L 12L 10L 2.5L
IMPACT PROTECT. NO
BACK VENTILATION NEW AIRFOIL XV BREATHABLE MESH
SHOULDER STRAPS VENTILATED -
HIP STRAP YES
HIP POCKETS YES
HELMET CARRY YES NO
ARMOUR CARRY NO YES NO
STERNUM STRAP YES NO
LINED POCKET YES NO
TUBE TRAP YES - MAGNETIC
REFLECTIVITY YES
EXTRAS RAIN COVER - -
TOOL STORAGE REMOVEABLE ROLL INTEGRATED
PACK ONLY WEIGHT 1000g 800g 650g 380g
DIMENSIONS 54 x 28 x27.5cm 47 x 26 x 25cm   31 x 14 x 20cm
TORSO FIT RANGE 43-53cm -
WAIST FIT RANGE 76 - 127cm 66 - 116cm
MATERIALS 100D Robic Nylon Dobby / 210d Nylon Oxford
SHOP NOW! Shop the HAWG LR 20 Shop the MULE LR 15 Shop the Skyline 10 LR Shop the Palos LR 4

 

BIKE SERIES

The original range of Camelbaks featuring longstanding models MULE, LOBO, ROGUE, CLASSIC, HYDROBAK and newcomer RATCHET. These are more conventional packs that utilise an upright reservoir with the weight supported off your shoulders. They're perfect for most riders that want a lightweight pack they can grab and the hit the trails.

 

  MULE LOBO RATCHET ROGUE CLASSIC HYDROBAK
 
STYLE BIKE
GENDER UNISEX
BLADDER ALL NEW CRUX
LOCATION STANDARD / VERTICAL
WATER CAPACITY 3L 2.5L 1.5L
QUICKLINK YES NO
CARGO CAPACITY 9L 6L 3L 2.5L .5l 0L
IMPACT PROTECT. NO
BACK VENTILATION AIR DIRECTOR BREATHABLE AIR MESH
SHOULDER STRAPS VENTILATED
HIP STRAP YES - REMOVEABLE NO
HIP POCKETS NO
HELMET CARRY YES NO
ARMOUR CARRY NO
STERNUM STRAP YES
LINED POCKET NO
TUBE TRAP YES - MAGNETIC YES
REFLECTIVITY YES
TOOL STORAGE INTEGRATED INSIDE FRONT POCKET -
PACK ONLY WEIGHT 620g 480g 300g 230g 170g 150g
DIMENSIONS 45.5 x 22 x 22.5cm 48.2 x 24 x 20cm   39.5 x 25.5 x 15cm 37.5 x 24.5 x 10cm 32 x 23 x 9cm
TORSO FIT RANGE 43 - 53cm 38 - 53cm
WAIST FIT RANGE 66 - 116cm -
MATERIALS 100D Robic Nylon Dobby / 210d Nylon Oxford 200D POLYESTER PLAIN WEAVE
SHOP NOW! Shop the MULE Shop the LOBO Shop the RATCHET Shop the ROGUE Shop the CLASSIC Shop the HYDROBAK

 

IMPACT PROTECTION SERIES

The KUDU packs feature a removable, 3 stage vulcanised tempered foam insert that exceeds level 2 of the EN1621-2 standards. Equipped with a 3L bladder and a ton of other features, the KUDU packs are ready for your next gravity adventure. 

  KUDU 18 KUDU 12 KUDU 8
 
STYLE IMPACT PROTECTION
GENDER UNISEX
BLADDER ALL NEW CRUX
LOCATION STANDARD / VERTICAL
WATER CAPACITY 3L
QUICKLINK YES
CARGO CAPACITY 15L 9L 5L
IMPACT PROTECT. YES
BACK VENTILATION XV
SHOULDER STRAPS VENTILATED
HIP STRAP YES
HIP POCKETS YES
HELMET CARRY YES
ARMOUR CARRY YES
STERNUM STRAP YES 2x STRAPS
LINED POCKET YES
TUBE TRAP YES - MAGNETIC
REFLECTIVITY YES
EXTRAS RAIN COVER
TOOL STORAGE REMOVEABLE ROLL
PACK ONLY WEIGHT 1270g 1210g 720g
DIMENSIONS 53 x 25 x 23cm 53 x 25 x 20cm  
TORSO FIT RANGE 43 - 53cm
WAIST FIT RANGE 66 - 116cm
MATERIALS 140D Nylon Dobby / 210D x 420D Nylon Plain Weave
SHOP NOW! Shop the KUDU 18 Shop the KUDU 12 Shop the KUDU 8

 

WOMEN'S SERIES

Custom "S" shaped shoulder straps ensure that the Camelbak Women's range fits perfectly. The range consists of two low rider packs and an additional 4 Bike range packs all using the new CRUX reservoir. 

 

  LUXE LR 14 SOLSTICE LR 11 LUXE MAGIC AURORA CHARM
 
STYLE LOW RIDER BIKE
GENDER WOMEN'S
BLADDER CRUX
LOCATION LUMBAR STANDARD / VERTICAL
WATER CAPACITY 3L 2L 2.5L 1.5L
QUICKLINK YES NO
CARGO CAPACITY 11L 10L 7L 4L 2.5L 0L
IMPACT PROTECT. NO
BACK VENTILATION AIRFOIL XV AIR DIRECTOR BREATHABLE AIR MESH
SHOULDER STRAPS WOMEN'S SPECIFIC S-CURVED AND VENTILATED
HIP STRAP YES YES - REMOVEABLE NO
HIP POCKETS YES NO
HELMET CARRY YES NO
ARMOUR CARRY NO YES NO
STERNUM STRAP YES
LINED POCKET YES NO
TUBE TRAP YES - MAGNETIC YES
REFLECTIVITY YES
EXTRAS RAIN COVER -
TOOL STORAGE REMOVEABLE ROLL INTEGRATED WITHIN FRONT POCKET -
PACK ONLY WEIGHT 780g 630g 590g 390g 220g 150g
DIMENSIONS 45.5 x 25.5 x 24cm 21 x 19.5 x 39cm 44 x 21 x 22.5cm 40.6 x 21.5 x 20cm 38.5 x 26 x 15cm 33 x 25 x 8cm
TORSO FIT RANGE 38 - 48cm 38 - 53cm
WAIST FIT RANGE 76-127cm 66-116cm 66-116cm 66-116cm - -
MATERIALS 100D Robic Nylon Dobby / 210d Nylon Oxford 200D Polyester Plain Weave
SHOP NOW! Shop the LUXE LR 14

Shop SOLSTICE LR 11

Shop the LUXE Shop the MAGIC Shop the AURORA Shop the CHARM

 

KIDS SERIES

Camelbak has catered for everyone with their 2017 range. The Mini Mule gives the young ones everything they need. A CRUX reservoir with a 1.5L capacity, ventilated straps and back, 1.5L of storage and even a safety whistle!

 

  MINI MULE
 
STYLE KIDS / BIKE
GENDER BOYS/GIRLS
BLADDER CRUX
LOCATION UPRIGHT
WATER CAPACITY 1.5L
QUICKLINK NO
CARGO CAPACITY 1.5L
IMPACT PROTECT. NO
BACK VENTILATION AIR MESH
SHOULDER STRAPS VENTILATED
HIP STRAP NO
HIP POCKETS NO
HELMET CARRY NO
ARMOUR CARRY NO
STERNUM STRAP YES
LINED POCKET NO
TUBE TRAP NO
REFLECTIVITY YES
EXTRAS SAFETY WHISTLE
TOOL STORAGE INTEGRATED
PACK ONLY WEIGHT 210g
DIMENSIONS 35.5 x 20 x 10cm
TORSO FIT RANGE 30-40cm
WAIST FIT RANGE -
MATERIALS 200D POLYESTER PLAIN WEAVE / 210D NYLON PLAIN WEAVE
SHOP NOW! Shop the MINI MULE