Recommendation: Bought this pack to get more storage after owning the Lobo. Definitely worth the money and definitely an improvement. The extra storage space is ideal it doesn't weigh too much, even packed. Great Buy
Pros: large without being oversized and obnoxiuos while riding. stays in place. good, strong clips. Lots of good storage. key clip. holds a lot of water and has a convenient shut off on the angled nipple.
Cons: not waterproof
Recommendation: This is a great bag for the trails. carries a lot of water so you dont need to worry about running out. holds all of the tools, extra tubes, taller hand pumps, extra clothing, Goo, and whatever else you need while out riding. As the other guy stated, this is the unofficial MTB pack out there.
Pros: â€˘ The reservoir has a wide mouth making it easy to refill, Really good water flow with little effort to get water. 100oz capacity ensures you donâ€™t run out of water on the long rides. The pack fits securely to the back and with the ventilated airflow backpanel the back keeps cool. I forget I am wearing it sometimes. There is plenty of room with 3 zippered compartments, great for organizing, so you can carry everything you need for day trips and some extra stuff. IPod pocket big enough for the phone.
Cons: a lot of straps
Recommendation: â€˘ Cannot ride without...it feels great and is not too large to be a hindrance when riding. If you donâ€™t have one this is the one to get.
Cons: Tight on space, exterior material is not waterproof
Recommendation: This is the unofficial hydration pack for MTBing. As it carries 100oz of liquid you are able to ride without fear of running low on water. When you fill the reservoir to the max, along with whatever else you stuff into the camelbak, this puppy can be a little on the heavy side if you are not use to it. It would be nice if it were to be waterproof, but I guess that's not that big of a deal. All around this is the pack to buy if you plan on getting a camelbak specifically for MTB.
Pros: Comfort, water capacity, quality, low profile
Cons: bit small on storage
Recommendation: I'm 6'3 230 and find the pack is a little small. I do use it for shorting outings and let friends who don't have one use it on group rides. Great pack if you only carry the minimal or don't stry to far into the backcountry.
Recommendation: Don't leave home without it!
I have a slightly older style, but it is still some of the mest outdoor gear I've bought. While it falls short as a day pack, it is still veritile enogugh to be adapted to almost any outdoor sport. Being a big water drinker, I was first attracted to the large 3.0 litre capacity of this pack. The insulation is a little thin, but I still have drinkably cool water left after three hours on the road or trails here in Eastern PA. If you are a desert rat, you'r water may not stay as cold, but you should still have plenty of weater for an nuice outing. I d not have the MP3 play pocket, but I can still put mine in the smallest external compartment. The non-zippered space is ideal for quick grab items, like geocache trade items or maps. I hang my cell phone from the D rings on the pack strap.
While many people may like the chest strap and belly strap, I find them too restrictive and very uncomfortable. They are easy enough to clip outof your way, so this is still not a major negative issue.
Pros: Separation of water bladder and main compartment. External gear holder. MP3 pouch.
Cons: Not enough biking specific organizers.
Recommendation: I got this to replace my original hydro pack made by Sierra Designs. While the reservoir was accessible from the main compartment it did have a bike pump holder and was expandable. The outer compartment contained quite a few organizer slots. The MULE could have a few more things in it to organize gear. It certainly is roomy, more so than what I am replacing it for but I think CamelPak could have done more in the organization department. I do like the MP3 pouch because it's perfect for a GPS. The strap system is very good, too.
Pros: I've had htis bag for over a decade. I have the older, sorta smaller and more plain model, but still same basic idea. I use it for work, play, everything!!! I replaced the bladder about a year ago.
Cons: The bladder only lasted about 8 years.
Recommendation: This is the best Camelbak ever. If you dont carry much gear, consider the LOBO
Pros: Well constructed, Holds all of my gear, 3L of water.
Recommendation: Overall, I have no complaints with the MULE. I can't believe I've survived with out it for so long. When I initially opened the box, I couldn't believe how small the MULE was and I started to get concerned. All worries went out the window when I was able to load all of my gear into the MULE with room to spare. The arrangements of the pockets is very nice, enabling me to have everything organized. When on the bike, my back was noticeably cooler due to the venting/padding. The pack is very comfortable as well. I am very happy with the build quality and the bladder/valve system. I am able to ride harder, stay hydrated, and basically have more fun all thanks to the MULE. I've yet to find any faults with the MULE, and if one comes up, I will report it here. If you need a hydration pack for a few hours out on the bike, then look no further.
Recommendation: This one has the same huge bladder as the H.A.W.G., but it is lighter and has slightly less storage space for gear, repair items, and other stuff. One of my friends has one of these and loves it. If you're looking for a Camel back that can carry lots of water, a little less stuff, and is a little less expensive than the H.A.W.G., this is your pack.
Recommendation: good hydration sys. i got it issued to me in iraq and loved it from the start now that iom bikeing its a must take lot's of storage and its has the molle clips in it to add storage er a first aid kit