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The Ultimate 2017 Camelbak Hydration Pack Guide

December 24, 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 20MULE LR 15SKYLINE LR 10 PALOS LR 4
 
STYLELOW RIDER
GENDERUNISEX
BLADDERALL NEW CRUX
LOCATIONLUMBAR
WATER CAPACITY3L1.5L
QUICKLINKYES
CARGO CAPACITY17L12L10L2.5L
IMPACT PROTECT.NO
BACK VENTILATIONNEW AIRFOILXVBREATHABLE MESH
SHOULDER STRAPSVENTILATED-
HIP STRAPYES
HIP POCKETSYES
HELMET CARRYYESNO
ARMOUR CARRYNOYESNO
STERNUM STRAPYESNO
LINED POCKETYESNO
TUBE TRAPYES - MAGNETIC
REFLECTIVITYYES
EXTRASRAIN COVER--
TOOL STORAGEREMOVEABLE ROLLINTEGRATED
PACK ONLY WEIGHT1000g800g650g380g
DIMENSIONS54 x 28 x27.5cm47 x 26 x 25cm 31 x 14 x 20cm
TORSO FIT RANGE43-53cm-
WAIST FIT RANGE76 - 127cm66 - 116cm
MATERIALS100D Robic Nylon Dobby / 210d Nylon Oxford
SHOP NOW!Shop the HAWG LR 20Shop the MULE LR 15Shop the Skyline 10 LR

 

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.

 

 MULELOBORATCHETROGUECLASSICHYDROBAK
 
STYLEBIKE
GENDERUNISEX
BLADDERALL NEW CRUX
LOCATIONSTANDARD / VERTICAL
WATER CAPACITY3L2.5L1.5L
QUICKLINKYESNO
CARGO CAPACITY9L6L3L2.5L.5l0L
IMPACT PROTECT.NO
BACK VENTILATIONAIR DIRECTORBREATHABLE AIR MESH
SHOULDER STRAPSVENTILATED
HIP STRAPYES - REMOVEABLENO
HIP POCKETSNO
HELMET CARRYYESNO
ARMOUR CARRYNO
STERNUM STRAPYES
LINED POCKETNO
TUBE TRAPYES - MAGNETICYES
REFLECTIVITYYES
TOOL STORAGEINTEGRATED INSIDE FRONT POCKET-
PACK ONLY WEIGHT620g480g300g230g170g150g
DIMENSIONS45.5 x 22 x 22.5cm48.2 x 24 x 20cm 39.5 x 25.5 x 15cm37.5 x 24.5 x 10cm32 x 23 x 9cm
TORSO FIT RANGE43 - 53cm38 - 53cm
WAIST FIT RANGE66 - 116cm-
MATERIALS100D Robic Nylon Dobby / 210d Nylon Oxford200D POLYESTER PLAIN WEAVE
SHOP NOW!Shop the MULE Shop the LOBOShop the RATCHETShop the ROGUEShop the CLASSICShop 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 20KUDU 10KUDU 8
 
STYLEIMPACT PROTECTION
GENDERUNISEX
BLADDERALL NEW CRUX
LOCATIONSTANDARD / VERTICAL
WATER CAPACITY3L
QUICKLINKYES
CARGO CAPACITY20L10L5L
IMPACT PROTECT.YES
BACK VENTILATIONXV
SHOULDER STRAPSVENTILATED
HIP STRAPYES
HIP POCKETSYES
HELMET CARRYYES
ARMOUR CARRYYES
STERNUM STRAPYES 2x STRAPS
LINED POCKETYES
TUBE TRAPYES - MAGNETIC
REFLECTIVITYYES
EXTRASRAIN COVER
TOOL STORAGEREMOVEABLE ROLL
PACK ONLY WEIGHT1500g1480g720g
DIMENSIONS53 x 25 x 23cm53 x 25 x 20cm 
TORSO FIT RANGE43 - 53cm
WAIST FIT RANGE66 - 116cm
MATERIALS140D Nylon Dobby / 210D x 420D Nylon Plain Weave
SHOP NOW!Shop the KUDU 20Shop the KUDU 10


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 14SOLSTICE LR 10LUXEMAGICAURORACHARM
 
STYLELOW RIDERBIKE
GENDERWOMEN'S
BLADDERCRUX
LOCATIONLUMBARSTANDARD / VERTICAL
WATER CAPACITY3L2L2.5L1.5L
QUICKLINKYESNO
CARGO CAPACITY11L10L7L4L2.5L0L
IMPACT PROTECT.NO
BACK VENTILATIONAIRFOILXVAIR DIRECTORBREATHABLE AIR MESH
SHOULDER STRAPSWOMEN'S SPECIFIC S-CURVED AND VENTILATED
HIP STRAPYESYES - REMOVEABLENO
HIP POCKETSYESNO
HELMET CARRYYESNO
ARMOUR CARRYNOYESNO
STERNUM STRAPYES
LINED POCKETYESNO
TUBE TRAPYES - MAGNETICYES
REFLECTIVITYYES
EXTRASRAIN COVER-
TOOL STORAGEREMOVEABLE ROLLINTEGRATED WITHIN FRONT POCKET-
PACK ONLY WEIGHT780g630g590g390g220g150g
DIMENSIONS45.5 x 25.5 x 24cm21 x 19.5 x 39cm44 x 21 x 22.5cm40.6 x 21.5 x 20cm38.5 x 26 x 15cm33 x 25 x 8cm
TORSO FIT RANGE38 - 48cm38 - 53cm
WAIST FIT RANGE76-127cm66-116cm66-116cm66-116cm--
MATERIALS100D Robic Nylon Dobby / 210d Nylon Oxford200D Polyester Plain Weave
SHOP NOW!Shop the LUXE LR 14

Shop SOLSTICE LR 11

Shop the LUXEShop the MAGICShop the AURORAShop 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 
STYLEKIDS / BIKE
GENDERBOYS/GIRLS
BLADDERCRUX
LOCATIONUPRIGHT
WATER CAPACITY1.5L
QUICKLINKNO
CARGO CAPACITY1.5L
IMPACT PROTECT.NO
BACK VENTILATIONAIR MESH
SHOULDER STRAPSVENTILATED
HIP STRAPNO
HIP POCKETSNO
HELMET CARRYNO
ARMOUR CARRYNO
STERNUM STRAPYES
LINED POCKETNO
TUBE TRAPNO
REFLECTIVITYYES
EXTRASSAFETY WHISTLE
TOOL STORAGEINTEGRATED
PACK ONLY WEIGHT210g
DIMENSIONS35.5 x 20 x 10cm
TORSO FIT RANGE30-40cm
WAIST FIT RANGE-
MATERIALS200D POLYESTER PLAIN WEAVE / 210D NYLON PLAIN WEAVE
SHOP NOW!Shop the MINI MULE

Meet Tim!

After a brief hiatus living in Canada, Tim is back on our sunny shores and loving it! Tim loves anything on two wheels but favours steep, gravity fed technical trails. He has spent almost his entire working life in the industry, as former owner of an iconic MTB store in Brisbane and now stock manager for Mountain Bikes Direct.