The CamelBak Octane LR is an incredibly comfortable and trick hydration pack, which features their lumbar Antidote reservoir, which is situated at the bottom of the pack. The design places the water lower on hips and back for stability and comfort. The pack becomes part of your back, at least figuratively, as it conforms to the shape and oddities of your body, and it doesn’t bounce around, even when bending forward. The Octane LR uses lightweight ripstop fabric with reinforcement at key areas, and has 549 cu in (9 L) of space with a 70 oz (2 L) Antidote Reservoir. It’s an ideal pack for mountain biking, trail running and adventure racing.
The new lumbar Antidote reservoir (70 oz / 2 liters) is pretty amazing, and CamelBak has done a full redesign of their units, adding many features and functionality, and has caught up to the competition’s innovations. The lumbar version sits horizontal in contrast to the typical vertical layout, and it includes mini baffles (the small cutouts) to keep the water from sloshing around and keep the shape from getting too fat. The bite valve worked quite nicely, and was easy to draw, and didn’t leak (at least not yet). The screw cap for the fill port takes only a quarter turn to open or close, and it does not get stuck and require brute force to open. Just line up the arrow on the cap with the circle icon ‘O’ (with arrows pointing in tightening direction), and turn it a quarter turn clockwise until it lines up with the solid circle icon by the top hanging hook. It only takes a light touch to close the cap, and its water tight and snug. The fill port has a wider diameter hole for easier filling, cleaning and drying, and has a handle which hooks onto the drop slot of the packs zippered pouch, helping to keep it stable and secure, and in addition it makes it handier to hold the cumbersome wide reservoir. They added an auto shutoff quick disconnect, named the Quick Link, which allow you to disconnect the reservoir from the drink hose, which facilitates cleaning, filling and drying.
CamelBak Octane LR
The Octane LR (lumbar reservoir) is light 343 grams, is minimally padded using their Ultra-light 3D mesh, and is constructed with 70D mini ripstop, 230D taffeta, 420D Nylon (with DWR + 1000mm PU Coating) materials. The wraparound body uses their Air channel back panel, and has padded shoulder and waist straps, and a sternum strap. The upper portion of the pack has two main pockets (shaped liked trapezoids), one slightly larger than the other, and two small ones situated on the waist belt, and they combine together to give 9 liters or 549 cubic inches of space. On the lower front is an elastic mesh front pouch, with a bungee closure, and a skinny slot on the left shoulder strap. The Antidote reservoir sits in a dual zippered pouch at the bottom, wrapping backwards around the hips and the lumbar. The pack comes in two colors, Mirage and Frost Gray (as tested) or Lime Punch and Graphite.