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6 of the Best Camelbak Mountain Bike Hydration Packs

Updated on February 9, 2011

Top 6 Camelbak MTB Hydration Packs

Hydration packs are reservoirs that keep water in a backpack like bag . they hold anywhere from one to three litres of water .they're great because you can drink on the fly while riding and are less cumbersome than water bottles . hydration is vital if your riding for long periods .

Camelbak is one of the pioneers in hydration packs , speak to any serious mountain bikers and they'll tell you camelbak is one of the best out there .CamelBak Products, LLC is an outdoors equipment company known primarily for its hydration products, such as  and water bottles. CamelBak is also a supplier of hydration packs, protective gear, and other products to the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies around the world.

The CamelBak name comes from a play on the myth that a camel stores water in its hump.(Camels actually store fat in their hump).

Camelbak Mule

The 100-fl. oz. reservoir and extra cargo space make the M.U.L.E. perfect for extended hiking and biking outings. Versatile 6-point bungee system provides a place to stash a light jacket or wind shell. Reservoir compartment features an easy-access perimeter zipper. Breathable, mesh back panel and harness keep you cool and dry; closed-cell wishbone harness system with sternum strap provides comfort and stability. Floating cargo pocket features an internal tool organizer and key keeper; additional storage area behind the floating pocket. Big Bite(TM) valve offers increased water flow; Ergo HydroLock(TM) offers leak-free transport and ergonomically positions valve. Features a removable waistbelt.

What some mountain bikers said about the mule

"Best all around hydration pack/carrier I have used. I really like the 100 oz size and enough room for all my gear. Not to large and not to small. Zip pockets, places to store stuff like CO2 pumps netted area and is very comfortable as well."

" This is my favorite pack for rides less than a half day. It carries all my stuff, but keeps me from taking the kitchen sink, since I probably would if I had more room. It looks good and is simple to get at the things I need most. The small bag is perfect for my tools and the mesh bag holds my light or other junk. This bag is tough too, but cleans up really well after a spin though the wash on gentle."

"Lots of storage room. Well designed pack. Doesn't feel as heavy as other packs that I've tried."

"Lots of space and plenty of water. I use for dirt and road and serves me well. Can carry what I need and have plenty of fluid to cope with the hot Arizona days... I would feel lost w/o it.
Quality workmanship throughout. Great, easy to use zippers, spacious compartments w/o being over sized."

Camelbak Rogue

Product Features

  • Strap Management keeps strap secure
  • Air Mesh channeled back panel and shoulder straps for enhanced ventilation
  • Secure storage for pump, tubes, energy bars.
  • External zip pocket with key clip and organizer for essentials.
  • External fill Omega HydroTanium reservoir with Lifetime Warranty

What some mountain bikers said about the rogue

"Perfect for that 2 -3 hour ride. Carries all I need on the trails. Plenty of water and holds my phone/keys/multi-tool with more room for a snack or sandwich."

"Simply put, it does what it's supposed to do. I wanted a pack that was simple, easy to use and aerodynamic. It is all that plus it has been very durable. I've used my Rogue for over 6 years and the thing is still solid....and I do a lot of riding and use it on my road bike as well as my mountain bike. I've had to replace the reservoir once and the bite valve twice in that time span. If I know I'm going on a ride longer than 2 hours I'll take an extra water bottle or have a spot or two where I know I can refill. This pack has been exactly what I was expecting."

"Light , simple , durable"

"Cheaper and lighter than the M.U.L.E with 70oz rather than 100oz. But the pack is fillable from the outside you just unclip the top flap. It's the absolutely perfect hydration pack for people who don't need to carry everything with them. There are two zipper compartments and one elastic pouch that'll fit a couple energy bars, cell phone, keys, mini pump, multi-tool, tubes, etc."

Camelbak Lobo

Includes the new Antidote™ Reservoir with Quick Link™ System-- the ultimate cure for dehydration.
Antidote features:
- Quick-snap cap that tightens in just a quarter turn
- Low-profile fit for unmatched stability
- Air-light fillport cuts weight
- CamelBak® Got Your Bak Guarantee™.
If we built it, we'll Bak it™ with our lifetime guarantee

BACK PANEL: Air Director™

HARNESS: Ultra-light 3D mesh

BELT: Removable 1 in / 25 mm stability

Torso Length: 16 in (41 cm)

Pack Weight: 1.08 lbs (.49 kg)

External fill

Stash pocket for multi-tool and / or phone

Also carries pump, spare tube, MP3, wallet, keys, energy bar

What some mountain bikers said about the lobo

"This is my third CamelBak and great for water, tire repair and a snack. (The MULE is a better one for carrying more gear.) I like the ipod pocket, small tool kit pouch and harness system. It will keep most dirt and water out. The harness and bladder are small enough to incorporate into a larger backpack and can be quickly removed and worn for exploring. As with most bladder systems keep them full or keep them empty and most definitely-clean often. The LOBO will take care of your water and allows you to enjoy where you are. "

" it has just the right size for a half-day ride. enough water to get you thru the trails and not too much to be too heavy to carry around. the compartments are just enough for a bike tool, extra tube and bike levers with extra space to spare for your wallet. "

" I used this on the MS 150 from Duluth, MN to the Twin Cities, MN and it work very nicely. Stops were typically 10-15 miles and I refilled the bladder pack every other stop. It did not cause too much excessive sweating due to excess heat and definitely helped to keep me hydrated.

The excess storage pockets were great for my arm warmers, camera, ID, etc.

I am happy I had it on the ride and plan on using it again next year. "

Camelbak Hydrobak

Includes the new Antidote™ Reservoir -- the ultimate cure for dehydration.
Antidote features:
- Quick-snap cap that tightens in just a quarter turn
- Low-profile fit for unmatched stability
- Air-light fillport cuts weight
- CamelBak® Got Your Bak Guarantee™.
  If we built it, we'll Bak it™ with our lifetime guarantee

BACK PANEL: Diamond mesh

HARNESS: Lightweight mesh

Torso Length: 13 in (33 cm)

Pack Weight: 5.5 oz (160 g)

External Fill

Short pack profile

Carries multi-tool or wallet, keys

What some mountain bikers said about the hydrobak

"camelbak great for bicycle riders but I wanted it for marathon training, 50oz was not enough and it needs a cross strap to keep shoulder straps from sliding off the shoulders. I know it was not intended for runners with smaller built bodies. "

" I bought this for the purpose of bringing it to Lollapalooza in Chicago to stay hydrated during the weekend and it worked extremely well!

There are many great things about it: it's easy to fill without taking the tube out and the plastic handle allows you to fill it up almost all of the way. It fit on my back really well, I hardly even noticed that it was there. The straps can be pulled snug, but it doesn't feel so tight as to restrict movement at all. I also liked the zipper pocket, it was great for storing everything I needed rather than carrying tons of crap in my pockets. "

" Got this for my wife on our honeymoon at Hawaii, and it is awesome. She used it horseback riding, the beach, hiking, kayaking, and it held up awesome. We would just throw it in the freezer the night before and then the whole next day it would stay cool. "

Camelbak Mini Mule

Includes the new Antidote™ Reservoir -- the ultimate cure for dehydration.
Antidote features:
- Quick-snap cap that tightens in just a quarter turn
- Low-profile fit for unmatched stability
- Air-light fillport cuts weight
- CamelBak® Got Your Bak Guarantee™.
  If we built it, we'll Bak it™ with our lifetime guarantee

BACK PANEL: Diamond mesh

HARNESS: Lightweight mesh

Torso Length: 11 in (28 cm)

Pack Weight: 7.7 oz (220 g)

Front and back reflectivity

Stash pocket

Phone pocket

Also carries snack, sunscreen, keys, cash

What some mountain bikers said about the mini mule

" We just returned from a two week camping trip to Glacier National Park, MT. We purchase a Camelbak Mini-M.U.L.E. for day hiking with our five year old daughter. This was a great little pack for her. The four compartments held her lunch, a rain poncho, emergency blanket, first aid kit, a fleece and, of course, her water supply. The size is perfect for her. I'm very pleased with the quality of construction.

My daughter loves drinking water from the pack. Our biggest problem was pacing her water consumption. The first day out she drained the Camelbak bladder while filling her own bladder within the first 1/2 mile. We didn't make it to a bush in time. Oops! My two year old drank from my Camelbak. He too loves drinking from the Camelbak. Must be something magical about drinking from that tube. "

" I bought this for my 7 year old son. He loves it. The build quality is excellent and it is very easy to load up with ice cubes, then fill with water. It can carry enough snacks and such for a long day hike. "

" I like this Camelbak it it works good on small people and fits well.
this is too small for the average adult but will work fine the straps are
adjustable so it will work grate!! i don't know the best thing to do is to try one on and see for your self. "

Camelbak Thermobak 3L

Now with external fill access to the OMEGA® HydroTanium Reservoir. Its ergonomic design keeps you comfortable for hours. Low infrared reflective [LIRR] buckles, webbing, and materials on the Coyote and Army Universal Camo models provide an edge on the battlefield during night ops. With streamlined features, external fill OMEGA® Reservoir, and zippered front access panel, operators ask for it by name.

The ThermoBak® can also be purchased with our NEW Chem-Bio Reservoir (4.0) which attaches easily to Type M, A, or S Gas Mask Adapters.

Adapters sold separately (see Related Products).

ThermoBak® 3L in 500D available in ABU and Digital Woodland

  • External fill access to OMEGA HydroTitanium Reservoir.
  • Premier hydration pack used by US Military forces worldwide !

What some people said about the thermobak

" This is a great camelbak for its price. didn't think it was gonna be durable out in the field, but proved me wrong my camelbak has been through a lot and still is in good shape. thumbs up for this buy. "

"I'm an avid hiker, and take this with me every time. It's very sturdy and can hold more than enough water. It has many, many improvements over the cheaper civvie models, which is why I decided to go with this instead (anti-frosting cover on the hose and better nipple, for example). It's very easy to take down and clean, and very simple to operate.


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