Camelbak M.U.L.E. Hydration Review

4.72 out of 5
By Greg Heil    on Sep 19, 2016

Rider Questions


Q: does it fit big men -Guest

A: I'm 6'1" 225# and it fits me fine.

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September 25, 2019
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: lots of space, very durable, built in rain cover

Cons: none to speak of

Recommendation: I would definately buy this again.

January 26, 2018
Pros: Lots of room for food, tools, and spares.

Cons: The newer models don't have the slim side pockets that were great for CO2 and hand pumps.

Recommendation: After losing my 1996 M.U.L.E. I had to buy a new one. I had the regular bag, but decided to upgrade to the lumbar model. The feel is the same as its older counterpart, with an added pad for the back and some pockets on the waist belt. Camelbak claims an improved air flow with the backpad. I've been riding in cooler winter weather (Florida winter) and I'm still finishing with a sweaty back. I don't see any improvement in that. I'm sure that this newer model wont be any different from my older bag in the summer. It's not a big deal, just not what the brand claims. found three great improvements in the newer model. First, the tool pack that folds up and fits into a pouch in the main pocket. I have 2 CO2 pumps, tire levers, and a multi tool in this bag. With three pockets, everything is nicely organized. The second feature that I liked was the addition of pockets on the waist belt. I put some gel and some bars in them. I can easily access my nutrition without having to take off the pack. Finally the magnet snap on the water hose. So that the hose doesn't bounce around, there is a small clip that holds the hose attached to the shoulder strap. On my older model, I just cut my hose so there wasn't too much slack and would drink with my head turned to the right. Now, I can pull on the hose and it comes free of the clip so I can drink while riding. Then, I just let the hose dangle and with its magnetic clip, it snaps back together on its own. I was sceptical of this feature. But after trying it on the trail, I caught myself unsnapping the hose each time. Almost like "magic." I did notice that if you don't unclip the hose, a crimp is created and it becomes hard to drink. So that tug is necessary. TL;DR: Great bag, great new features, get it.

January 22, 2017
Model/Year: 2010

Pros: Reliable, lots of space

Cons: Starting to fade as it's black

Recommendation: Overall a good MTB backpack that sits well.

January 7, 2017
Model/Year: 2016

Pros: Well made

Cons: None

Recommendation: I really like the mule. Received as a gift for Christmas. Perfect size. Able to fit rain gear if needed and snacks plus plenty of water. Definitely a plus on longer rides. The adjustments on the straps allow you to carry higher or lower for comfort. I have had no issues with sweating underneath while here in Florida. The design allows for airflow underneath.

January 2, 2017
Model/Year: 2000

Pros: durable, comfortable, had mine so long I don't remember the year they came out.

Cons: o-ring kits aren't always easy to find.

Recommendation: recommend

April 9, 2016
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Great love it stores lots of water and can carry a multi tool safety kit goggles mini pump spare intertube tire leavers and still have room to tuck a spare shirt or jacket inside has hooks to strap your helmet to and the hydro pack can carry 3 liters or 100 oz of water

Cons: when full can be kind of heavy

Recommendation: i would highly recommend this to any one who likes to be prepared for a ride

March 28, 2016
Pros: Storage durability nv

Cons: Price

Recommendation: Good pack for hauling a lot of gear and water

March 27, 2016
Model/Year: Mule NV 2016

Pros: Storage, quality & fit

Cons: none yet

Recommendation: This pack has tons of storage and is great for long rides. It also looks great (pretty much all black). The zippers are high quality and the phone storage is easily accessible from the top and is big enough for my 6

March 19, 2016
Pros: Good size and capacity

Cons: None

Recommendation: Most of my crew has this particular pack.

March 16, 2016
Model/Year: 2002

Pros: Light, well made, large capacity for storage and water.

Cons: Costly, decreased ventilation compared to newer models.

Recommendation: Ive had this pack for over 12 years now and it still is my go-to pack. The new models are different and look bigger. I love this has been to hell and back and still works like the day I bought it. I have replaced the bladder once...just because It was so grimy I didnt' want to clean it.