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EVOC Explorer Pro 30L review


If you ride deep into the backcountry and like being well-equipped to handle the unexpected, the EVOC Explorer Pro 30L is worth serious consideration.

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EVOC Neo 16l backpack launched


In celebration of their 10-year anniversary, EVOC has launched an improvement to their popular protection packs with the addition of a new protection system used on a new pack – the EVOC Neo 16l.

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Thule Rail and UpTake hydration packs coming in 2019


The new Thule Rail is designed for aggressive trail riding and enduro racing, while the Thule UpTake is more of an all-around pack that could also be used for hiking and skiing.

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CamelBak Chase vest review


CamelBak’s Chase Vest is a minimalist hydration pack that’s ideal for fast and light missions like gravel racing and mountain biking thanks to its large, accessible front pockets and a 1.5L reservoir.

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  • Cooper says:

    Behold, the mannary glands! 😀

  • Chris says:

    Been using this for a few months now for trail/all mountain/enduro, was using a hip pack before. Really like this vest pack a lot, having the easy access storage at the front is great. Pack doesn’t shift at all on gnar steep and technical trails.

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Henty Enduro Backpack – video


The Henty Enduro Backpack provides the benefits of a hip pack with the stability of a backpack.

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Tailwind Nutrition partnering with Epic Rides Race Series


Tailwind Nutrition has announced a partnership in 2018 with the Epic Rides Off-Road series, one of North American mountain biking’s most celebrated endurance events.

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Leatt Interbike 2017


Step inside the Leatt Interbike tradeshow booth to learn about the brand’s most exciting new products for 2018, including the Trail Line Jersey and Jacket, the Core Hydration Pack, DBX 3.5 Neck Brace, and DBX 6.0 Knee Guards.

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CamelBak K.U.D.U., TO.R.O., Repack, and Chase


The well-regarded hydration pack leaders have updated several popular packs and added a riding-specific hydration vest to their product line-up.

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  • JOe says:

    Good call with Podium Dirt Series. I have the original one and skipped the new model because of larger “dirt pocket” (even the old, smaller nozzle would trap mud or dust). I was not convinced with “improvements” even for normal, clean conditions. I’ll see the new model.

  • Jason says:

    When will the Chase be available? There is no info about it on Camelbak’s web site.

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Thule Vital MTB hydration packs launched


Heretofore best known for its myriad rack solutions, Thule has jumped into the hydration pack arena with its new Vital collection.

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Elite Fly water bottle saves weight the affordable way


Looking to shave every gram possible, right down to searching for the lightest bottle available? Well you’re in luck. Elite Fly water bottles tip the scales at a mere 43 grams.

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CamelBak M.U.L.E. receives Low Rider treatment


The reboot of the M.U.L.E. LR 15 has CamelBak doubling down on its lumbar concept, with 100 percent of its high-end mountain bike packs now featuring the lower reservoir orientation.

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  • Joe C says:

    I fractured my L3 during an MTB race 8 weeks ago, when I went OTB. I wonder if my low rider Camelback had anything to do with that, or kept it from being worse. Love having my CG lower though, I hated hydration packs before that.

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Dakine Seeker 15L hydration pack review


From backcountry epics to enduro racing, Dakine’s Seeker 15-liter hydration pack with included 2-liter reservoir and removable spine protector is built for all manner of mountain bike adventures. Check out the Mtbr review to learn more.

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  • OK says:

    Osprey Raptor – the best! End of discussion!

  • Eric says:

    Completely agree: Osprey Raptor!

  • Dee says:

    I love how every post leads to the Osprey Raptor. I agree, the Osprey has been my favorite pack in terms of comfort…. But with zero waterproofing features, it’s a pain having to carry my phone and pager in a ziploc bag. When I went to Ireland recently, there was quite a bigger selection of waterproof biking and hiking gear.

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Platypus Duthie AM 10.0 hydration pack review


The best hydration packs are there when you need them, invisible when you don’t. We spent the last couple months with the Platypus Duthie AM 10.0 hydration pack on our back. Find out how it measured up.

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CamelBak Quick Stow first look


CamelBak showed us some innovative new bottle products at Bike Press Camp including their all new Quick Stow and Quick Stow Chill.

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  • thub says:

    I use the Podium Chill in the winter to keep my water from freezing. Through it in the frame bag and it will keep water in liquid form for hours, even at below zero temps.

  • JayP says:

    Podium Chill is no match for winter (and longer rides). The water will eventually turn into slushy and – worse – the valve will freeze rendering the content inaccessible. I may try this new option next winter season. Also, this may help to keep the valve clean in muddy conditions when – again – the content of the bottle mounted on the frame is virtually inaccessible.

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What’s in your CamelBak: Western Spirit Cycling guides


The guides of Western Spirit Cycling are the ultimate hydration pack testers. During the course of a year, these two dozen Sherpas on two wheels lead some 1200 clients on over 100 mountain bike trips. Find out what they carry.

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  • AC says:

    I find Maple Bacon Jerky from Walgreens to be superior to Oberto’s Applewood smoked product. Though it will certainly do in a pinch.

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CamelBak and the history of hands-free hydration


CamelBak’s place in the history of hydration is secure. From the very idea of hands-free hydration to cutting edge present day packs, the California-based company has been at the forefront of keeping cyclists (and outdoor enthusiasts of all types) performing at their best. But how did it happen — and where do we go next?

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  • Fred says:

    Backpacks are over rated. Running vests made of ultra light materials with better access to supplies, don’t cover jersey pockets and better weight distribution are the bomb.

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CamelBak Skyline 10 LR hydration pack review


Carrying water, tools, and supplies is a must on long rides. But not all riders are thrilled with the idea of having a bag on their back that shifts around and affects ventilation. CamelBak aimed to address these issues with its new Skyline 10 LR hydration pack.

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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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CamelBak Palos 4 LR waist pack review


Say what you will about fashion implications, but when it comes to ripping around on mountain bikes, the CamelBak Palos 4 LR waist pack makes a lot of sense.

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  • Abhishek says:

    i have the same waist pack. i bought it in march 2016 and have been using it.

    I am not at all pleased with the pack, it loosens up each time when i ride, even at small bumps and hangs loose. this is very irritating and the position of the bite valve retainer seems to be a joke on the trails as you rightly mentioned that one has to look down. i tried using velcros to roll up the loose straps to avoid the loosening however due to the weight it would cringe and become loose again and bounce all over.

    Theres one difference which i observed, the buckle on your pack is black whereas in mine it is grey.

    i have written to camelbak about my observations, however, to no avail.

  • Harold says:

    Interesting that Camelbak is now making a waist pack. I had a no-name brand that I bought in Switzerland back in ’98 and used for years both biking and running. I didn’t have the need for a lot of water and didn’t want something on my back. It was no where near a sophisticated as the Camelbak, but functional none the less. It also tended to bounce a bit when completely full of water. I guess that is the nature of only having it around your waist.

  • Scott says:

    I also bought this pack back in March of 2016. I don’t have huge issues with it bouncing – though there is some, particularly on bigger hits. My biggest issue is this whole talk about it helping you keep a “low center of gravity.” My experience is that you now have weight hanging off the back pulling away from center. Imagine being in attack position on the bike… with the backpack-style pack, the weight is always pressing down through the bottom bracket as you adjust your torso. But with the “waist” pack, it’s always pulling off center, toward the rear of the bike. This makes moving the back wheel feel more difficult to me.

  • Jim says:

    Bought this in July of 2016. Used it for the first time recently. Absolutely HATE it. Bounces, tugs the gut when full, very uncomfortable!!

  • TS says:

    Still have my CB Bandido from ages ago, going to test it out to see if the bladder is still ok (hard to find a Palos replacement bladder online!). Same design but with a single adjustable shoulder sling to minimize the bouncing that people apparently hate in this reinvention of decades old tech!

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What’s in your CamelBak: Mark Weir, Ben Cruz, Kirt Voreis


Listen up as this trio of gravity racing stars talk gear selection, packing strategies, and what they bring along on rides when they know things could get weird.

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  • centralcoastkid says:

    any chance I can comment on how my osprey raptor 14 and I saved a stranded camelbak pack ???

  • giorgio says:

    anche io uso questa configurazione e concordo sul materiale da portare, io aggiungo kit medico. ma ho terminato la colla per gomma,

  • tyrebyter says:

    Cruz has a ViceGrip and Weir is packing heat. Better pick it up a notch Kirt.

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What’s in your CamelBak: Leadville legend Rebecca Rusch


Rebecca Rusch’s nickname says everything you need to know about her. The Ketchum, Idaho resident is the Queen of Pain. Find out what gear this long distance specialist never leaves home without.

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  • dan says:

    I always take sponsored riders’ “interviews” and press releases with a grain of salt, but when it comes to Rebecca’s wisdom every word is read and sometimes read again. She’s always a no BS straight shooter when it comes to sharing wisdom and never one to humble brag or fish for compliments.

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Trail riding with Mark Weir and Ben Cruz


Many a lasting friendship has been built around the mutual love of riding mountain bikes. Mark Weir and Ben Cruz are the perfect example, as you can see in this shred session in California’s Sierra foothills.

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CamelBak All Clear UV filtration system review


We often take potable water for granted in the United States, but clean water isn’t always available when traveling abroad or camping, which is where a portable filtration system like the CamelBak All Clear comes in handy.

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  • ryan says:

    I think the author of this piece should look into the differences between different types of water treatment. This is not a filter. It does not filter water. It irradiates water with UV, which kills bacteria, viruses, etc. If you fill it with piss, then operate the device, the substance inside will still be piss. Words have definitions and those definitions matter. Money is not speech. Corporations are not people. Bicycles do not have motors. If any word can mean literally anything the speaker wishes it to at any given moment then we might as well all just point and grunt when we want to communicate.

  • Scot says:

    UNGH! UNGH!

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Endura launches pair of trail-ready hydration packs


Scottish apparel maker Endura has introduced two new MTB hydration packs that are targeted at the serious off-road rider. Get all the details.

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CamelBak: A look inside the inventor of the hydration pack


It was 1989 when the world’s first hydration pack was born. Yet, what is truly impressive is that all these years later, CamelBak remains a leader in a category that’s helped shape and change the way we ride bikes. Take a look inside this iconic company.

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  • chris says:

    Always been a huge fan and supported the innovator for over 20 years now. Terribly disappointed in my Fourteener 24 though. Fabric is falling apart at the low back area and their warranty is a giant PITA pushback. Brand loyalty no more.

    • CamelBak Warranty Team says:

      Hi Chris,

      The warranty department at CamelBak prides itself on providing superior customer experience. We are sorry to hear your Fourteener 24 is not working properly.

      We take our consumers feedback very seriously and will work with you to ensure we deliver 100% Got Your Bak service! Please download the product return form and sent the pack so we can replace it for you.

      http://www.camelbak.com/en/GYB/Product-Replacement.aspx

      Looking forward to assist you!

      Best,

      The CamelBak warranty Team

  • Jason says:

    Resilience of graphics is about the last thing I care about but it’s funny they actually test for the resilience. I have a camelbak bottle in my office and much of the lettering is worn off just from my hands. The camelbak bottles on my bikes are even worse, there’s almost no lettering left at all.

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Jason, they must have 20 machines there that test durability. So the graphics test is just to show the extreme lengths they go through. Kind of interesting since a lot of the test machines are custom built.

  • MTBmoose says:

    Love the little side pockets on the waist straps on my new Mule NV, but the pack is HEAVY! Wish they still made the Blowfish. I think I’ve owned 4-5 of them. Still have a couple of them is various states of disrepair and use one of them on occasion when I want something about half the weight of the Mule. Camelbak owner for going on 20 years. Won’t ride without it.

  • p brig says:

    I’m the worst CamelBak customer because I’m still using the first one I bought around 1998. However I’ve purchased many bite valves since.

  • luis silva says:

    there´s nothing like a camelbak backpack

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Interview: Yuri Hauswald talks racing, hydration and more


Yuri Hauswald knows how to go long. Whether it’s 24-hour racing, epic gravel grinders, or cross-country stage racing, the California resident has a penchant for logging major miles — and doing it at the front of the pack.

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  • dan says:

    Some good info. Would he use any hydration pack if his bike could hold 2 water bottles….and if he didn’t receive support from any hydration pack company? Frame packs instead, no weight on upper body, even low-slung weight, is a godsend after hours in the saddle.

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