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Choosing the right CamelBak hydration pack for you


The right pack needs to fit you — and your on-bike needs. Here’s a look at why hydration packs are a critical piece of gear and how to select the right one.

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Why go low? Understanding the CamelBak Low Rider


By positioning water and cargo weight on your hips, this unique hydration pack lowers a rider’s center of gravity, giving them better balance and more stability on the bike.This also reduces the upper portion of the pack, improving back ventilation and freedom of movement so you can rail tight turns and berms like never before.

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  • Smitty says:

    Lower center of gravity sounds right, but in practice, and on a bike where you are using your weight to balance and control the bike, it doesn’t always work out to be better.

    What if you and the bike could switch weights? More weight towards the bottom, more stability, but with the bike being the big man, you’d have a hard time controlling the bike. For a practical example, take a baseball bat and balance the small end on one finger. To keep it balanced, you’ll move the bottom around a lot, but the top (with its greater mass) will resist the movement allowing you move towards the lean when it starts to fall and to balance the bat longer. Try the same thing with balancing the lager end on your finger. Lower center of gravity, but harder to dynamically balance it by moving the bottom. Try something longer, like a broomstick with one end heavier than the other. The difference is even more obvious, it is easier to balance with the weight at the top.

  • GuyOnMTB says:

    I used to ride with a fanny bike pack over a decade ago. It’s comfort surpassed that of a backpack at the time. It was just for small endeavors, but I could pack a lot of things in it. Then one day my ego was challenged by another biker, he made fun of my pack while I drooled over his bike and tried to keep up with him down trails I’d never seen. It was an embarrassing disaster!

    So I ditched the pack thinking it would be better for me. So I looked for a half-day pack and found one that is a hydration system that fit and did not slip/migrate. Since that point I was seriously considering using only a backpack. Now with this article, I’m not even sure if I should have eggs with breakfast anymore?

  • Tom says:

    I had the Palos near-identical brother nearly 15 years ago, called the Bandido.

    It was great, and it’s still kicking around in a garage cabinet somewhere. Maybe I’ll take it out for a ride!

    But I’ve grown to like a small, high pack that allows me to use the pockets in a jersey.

  • Finch Platte says:

    What does the tool roll look like? Is it connected to the pack, or does it just go in the pack with everything else?

    • Jason Sumner says:

      Included tool roll is a removable pouch with three zip pockets to aid in staying organized. Each pocket has roughly the capacity for two full size multi-tools.

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CamelBak Low Rider gets in the flow


Forrest Riesco and Trevor Porter don’t just go for rides. They attack the trails with skilled precision and speed. In this film by Maxwell Frank, the pair of pro riders demonstrate those abilities in the lush rugged terrain of British Columbia.

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Review: MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail 16L camera bag


Sometimes, only a real SLR camera will do for capturing great mountain biking images. But camera bags are often cumbersome, heavy and difficult to access. This pack from Mindshift gear allows you to carry your bike gear and an SLR while allowing quick, swivel access to your camera.

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  • Ted says:

    This backpack is available on REI.com and in a few select stores. There’s a slightly larger version called the Panorama too. Would be great for hiking or nordic skiing.

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Review: Ergon BX1 hydration pack


If a simple, minimalist pack for your daily rip around your local trails is what you’re searching for, the Ergon BX1 provides sufficient carrying capacity for the essentials in a well-organized, lightweight design. Find out more in our full review.

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EVOC Interbike 2015


The new EVOC Bike Travel Bag Pro sees significant improvements that make it lighter and more convenient to use.

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Ergon Interbike 2015


For 2016, Ergon has a new saddle designed for all day comfort, as well as slimmer version of their popular GE1 grip.

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Leatt Interbike 2015


Leatt is tantalizingly close to production of their new full face helmet, which features some exciting new safety technologies.

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Eurobike 2015: New Leatt hydration packs, gloves and helmet


Safety has always been job No. 1 at Leatt, and that hasn’t changed a bit with its latest round of new products, which include new hydration packs with CE level 1 or 2 protection.

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Eurobike 2015: CamelBak Palos lumbar pack frees the back


New lumbar line of hydration packs lowers center of gravity to increase rider’s freedom of movement. Water weight positioned on hips to reduce weight transfer to the shoulder harness.

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Review: Leatt DBX 3.0 Cargo hydration pack


With a fresh approach from the standpoint of back protection and transporting bike armor, Leatt produces a high quality hydration pack.

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  • CO says:

    This “Full Review” is looking pretty thin. More of a “first look” then anything. How about a more substantial in-depth review, especially for something as high quality and expensive as this bag.

  • BW says:

    Does it fit over body armour? would of like to see it on a much larger person..

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Review: Four essential items for a 420-mile MTB ride


Planning a multi-day mountain bike adventure? Here are four pieces of essential gear. Find out why.

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  • A J MacDonald Jr says:

    Nice gear. No sleeping bags or tents on this trip?

  • Angry Singlespeeder says:

    Nope, we packed minimally. Had the luxury of staying with friends and family every night along the way! It was awesome. Allowed us to carry just a backpack and shred gnar.

    – ASS

  • grant says:

    I crash a lot. Expensive helmet -sure. Insanely expensive jackets seem like a really poor gear choice for someone like me.

  • Donal Kern says:

    my good retired friend Harry says-“there’s no such thing as bad weather-just bad gear”.
    Having worked retail for many years in an outdoor shop- I can attest t this. I have used a $40 she’ll and a $ 300 shell. Both worked great. I have also driven a Suzuki Samurai off road- as well as a Land Rover Discovery. Both worked fine. I would take the Land Rover anyday.

  • Angry Singlespeeder says:

    There’s an old adage I always go by – “buy cheap, buy twice” – it has never failed. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get the expensive product on sale. That Mountain Hardwear jacket is 50% off right now on their website. Suddenly a $320 jacket is $160…seems like a bargain to me.

    – ASS

  • Highway68Hillbilly says:

    That Acre backpack is pretty sick. I really like their stuff. Acre is a youthful company that represents quality and craftsmanship. I like that.
    The rest is just a trip to REI and a swipe of the rewards card and voila, you will look bitchin. Like, Kurt.
    Too bad one can’t simply buy talent to write well and mash pedals too, or I’d swipe my REI card for that.

  • Tommy says:

    Haters Gonna Hate ASS. Wear whatever fancy jackets you want bro.

  • RM says:

    Kurt, it seems like it’s not just the Angry Single Speeder who’s Angry.
    I’m pretty sure that everyone buys the best gear they can given their personal budget. My motto has long been that good quality gear will always be worth the investment provided that you actually use it. I have no regrets about buying very expensive Arcteryx ski pants. If they don’t last a lifetime at least they have a life time warranty. Same with my Saris bike rack. If the Haters want to buy something no one else wants they should be able to get it pretty cheap!

  • scott says:

    I don’t get it, I can buy just as nice stuffs at kmart or walmart. I gots a bike at walmarts for $350 and it does has suspensions and parts just as goods as 1,000,000 bikes. you guys are soo stupid. why buy jackets for $350 when you cans wear 25 cent trash bag, stuff it with free newspapers and wrap feet with duct tape.

  • sean says:

    People. Never trust a guy who wears a disco ball on their head.

  • bob says:

    Good to have you back and great reviews rather than the A$$ments which are more like advertising. Agree with you about quality where every last ounce of performance needs to be considered; one can’t afford less. Where there’s more latitude Eddie Bauer satisfies me with about 90% of the performance for a third the price.

  • Joe says:

    Regarding the Terradurros: I got a pair about a year ago and they also delaminated within a month. Giro replaced mine within a week. Apparently they found that there was an issue with the glue being used and switched to a more durable formula. They issued a warranty replacement announcement on their website.
    My replacements have been without issue since. I’ve been riding and hike-a-biking them on many of the same trails as Kurt, and can attest to their traction and toe box protection, especially on granite and other rocks. But I wouldn’t call them light. They are also a little narrow for my foot. But now Giro offers a High Volume model (‘wish I had waited). Also, Giro’s arch fit kit works great in these shoes if you’ve got picky feet.

  • dbabuser says:

    I’ve had the same experience with the Terraduro’s as Joe, but my 2nd pair also delaminated. Apparently you need a pair built after the initial production run, with a date code on the inside of the sole. My 3rd pair has been flawless so far.

  • Taylor says:

    On the shoes I noticed you said the outsoles started delaminating after only a week. How bad was this? Not hatin’ but that seems like a reason to not buy them.

  • donjuan says:

    Can’t say enough about high quality equip from XTR to Arcteryx. I sent my 6 year old Sting Ray jacket in for repair and Arcteryx did 5 times the amount of repair I requested. Any stitch which looked worn, was re-stitched, small tares fixed, all under warrantee. Patagonia has always had a similar policy backing up their quality and product support.

  • Mike says:

    Always amused when a single brand/model of an item manufactured by a dozen companies in many variations is deemed “essential.” Hyperbole like this undermines credibility.

  • Peper says:

    The article makes it all sound good except those shoes. Many of the reviews on those shoes are finding the exact same shortcomings.

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Interbike: Acre Hauser Trailpack


Interbike: Acre’s new Hauser line brings subtle style and unique features to the hydration pack market.

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CamelBak Interbike 2014


Go “Bak in Time” with CamelBak as they celebrate their 25th anniversary. For 2015 CamelBak offers their new K.U.D.U. Impact Protection hydration pack.

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  • Crispy says:

    I remember seeing the first Camelbaks when I was in the USMC around 1992-93. Our neighbors in Force Recon were procuring them somehow. First thing I thought was. I WANT ONE TOO!

  • ELIAS BURGOS says:

    LOVE YOUR PRODUCT UNTIL YOU CAME OUT WITH THE NEW BOTTLES.
    MILDOW IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM WITH THE BOTTLES BUT WITH THE OLD ONES I WAS ABLE TO CLEAN IT OUT OF THE MOUTH PIECE BUT THE NEW BOTTLES…..NO COMMET I CAN’T WASH OR CLEAN THE MILDOW ; PLEASE GIVE ME A SOLUTION…..

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EVOC Interbike 2014


EVOC aims to reach out to both ends of the bike spectrum in 2015 enticing downhill mountain bikers with their proven Protector jacket and offering commuters a new option with their FR Porter pack.

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Osprey Interbike 2014


Osprey’s 2015 offerings include updates to their Syncro and Zealot lines, a new Escapist Series, and a size-specific Kid’s hydration pack.

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Interbike: New 2015 Osprey Syncro 3 hydration pack


Interbike: Osprey introduces racy, minimalist Syncro 3 hydration pack.

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Eurobike: 2015 CamelBak KUDU enduro hydration pack


CamelBak’s KUDU enduro-specific packs that combine hydration, cargo carry and legit back protection—check ‘em out here.

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  • Kevin Woodward says:

    Anyone know how the Camelbak KUDU 12 (shipping in January) compares with the ACRE Hauser 10L (available now) other than the back protection and larger size? Price and design similar but what about construction and fit?

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First Look: CamelBak’s new Kudu hydration pack with built-in armor


CamelBak releaes info on their new Kudu hydration pack with built-in impact protection, handy tool roll, waterproof rain cover and plenty of storage. Check out the details and view plenty of photos here.

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  • Andrew says:

    That pink and blue is amazing.

  • Daniel Messem says:

    How much more protection will this give than a regular CamelBack with water in?

    Isn’t the regular CamelBack pretty decent as back protection?

  • Karel says:

    I bought the Kudu12 and it works for me. Good weight distribution, nice big water reservoir, back protector so light you don’t really notice it. Main advantages in comparison with my normal (small) camelbak:
    – Easy to reach left pocket with enough space for 3 bars. Even an apple fits.
    – Back protector does not take much space and is very light weight.
    – Maybe too many pockets for me. Sometimes have to search for stuff.
    – Much better weight distribution. “Weight on waist”.
    – 3 buckles. No shaking of the bag or contents.
    – Used it on trails and downhill track. Forgot/ did not notice wearing it. Very comfortable.
    – All rides with: water, pump, multi tool, 1 spare tire, tire repair kit, set of break pads, 2 bars and occasionally 1 apple.

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Riva Bike Festival: Product Highlights


Mtbr got a chance to visit the Riva Bike Festival held annually in Riva del Garda, Italy. It is a chance for enthusiasts and pros to race, see new products and demo new bikes. Here are some photo highlights from the event.

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  • Silver23 says:

    This will be my 21st time visiting this festival (2017) Always nice and fun. I could advise this to any biker.

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Sea Otter Video: Eligo Hydration 2014


The Eligo Hydration system provides a hands-free solution to those wishing to switch seamlessly between water and electrolytes.

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Four big ideas from little companies at Sea Otter


A cool computer/POV camera mount, an electrolyte-injecting hydration pack, and coconut water without the water are a few of the big ideas from small companies we saw at Sea Otter.

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Sea Otter Video: Evoc Sports bike packs 2014


Evoc Sports Marketing Coordinator Jessica Negele stopped by the Mtbr Sea Otter booth to introduce us to three of the companies’ newest packs including the FR Trail Unlimited and FR Enduro Blackline.

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Sea Otter Video: Camelbak updated Podium bottle 2014


Camelbak’s made some updates to their popular Podium bottle and we caught up with Camelbak Marketing Coordinator Kevin Taylor at Sea Otter to walk us through the changes.

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New Dualocity Dual Chamber Hydration Reservoir Carries Both Electrolyt​es and Water


The company is called Mazama Designs and their product is the Dualocity, a hydration pack reservoir that has two separate chambers for providing riders with both pure water and there favorite sports drink all in one package.

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