CamelBak Skyline 10 LR hydration pack review

Uniquely designed pack with good water capacity all but disappears on the trail

CamelBak Low Rider Hydration
Doing a big drop roller in Moab, the Skyline keeps it low and doesn't shift up the shoulders to upset the critical balance point. Photo by Lear Miller

Doing a big drop roller in Moab, the Skyline keeps it low and doesn’t shift up the shoulders to upset the critical balance point. Photo by Lear Miller

Editor’s Note: This article is part of the Mtbr Guide to hydration packs, featuring the new CamelBak Low Rider line. To see all the articles, head over to the Low Rider hydration pack hub page.

Lowdown: CamelBak Skyline 10 LR Hydration Pack

Mountain bikers need to carry water and an assortment of tools and supplies for medium to long rides. The hydration pack is a great solution for this, but not all are thrilled with the concept of having a bag which sits high on the back, shifts around, and affects ventilation. CamelBak aimed to address these issues with the Skyline 10 LR. Have they succeeded? Read on to find out.

The unique design moves weight lower down your back.

The unique design moves weight lower down your back (click to enlarge).

Stat Box
Pack capacity: 7L (610 cu in) + 100oz bladder Belt: Fixed 38mm / 1.5″ w/ cargo pockets
Bladder capacity: 100oz Fabric: 70D / 210D diamond ripstop nylon
Weight: 2 lbs 3 oz / 0.98 kg (pack only) Colors: Three options. See photo gallery
Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 15” / 20 x 20 x 39cm Options: Women’s Solstice model also available
Torso length: 16” / 40cm Price: $130
Back Panel: XV multi-layer EVA foam Rating: 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 out of 5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Sits low on back with weight on hips
  • Lower back area can get sweaty
  • Stays in place, no ride interference
  • Side pockets could be larger
  • Fun color selection
  • Tough fit on Clydesdale crowd
  • Multiple internal pockets, plus tool pouch
  • Can fill up quickly, lacks expandability
  • Fleece lined media pocket
  • Not inexpensive
  • Magnetic hose clip
  • Easy-open bladder cap
  • Helmet/armor carrying straps
  • Ventilated back panel
  • Side pockets allow one-handed access
  • Ample water carrying capacity
  • Unique bladder cinching mechanism

The Skyline LR is low and does not move around back there to interfere with a techy trail ride. Photo by Lear Miller

The Skyline LR is low and does not move around back there to interfere with a techy trail ride. Photo by Lear Miller

Review: CamelBak Skyline 10 LR Hydration Pack

CamelBak set out to make the hydration pack more invisible during your ride by lowering the center of gravity. Have they succeeded? Our answer is a resounding, yes. They’ve also optimized the fit of the pack by placing the weight more on the rider’s hips. The retention system keeps the pack snug and close to the back with very little movement even while jumping and aggressive descending. This video provides an in-depth look at the pack’s unique functionality.

Jumping and pumping terrain is not hindered by this pack.

Jumping and pumping terrain is not hindered by this pack.

The low rider design does comes with a price, though, as the pack is compact with no expandability. Cargo volume is 7 liters (in addition to the 3 liters of water capacity). So once packed with a jacket, spare tube, food, and tools, it’s essentially full. And since it’s worn tightly against the waist, the lower back can get sweaty (just like a lot of packs on the market).

Continue to page 2 for more of our CamelBak Skyline 10 LR hydration pack review »

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • dan says:

    How’s the Skyline compare to Osprey’s AirSpeed at ventilation?

    • JCWages says:

      I’m not sure how it compares as I have not used the Osprey with that feature but Most packs that ride high cover the upper portion of your back and thus increase heat up there. The lowrider sits so low that the only hot spot is the base of your back. In that location it does cause quite a bit of sweat when ambient temps are high.

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