CamelBak has produced its Low Rider category of packs (think low slung horizontal lumbar reservoirs), for a couple years now. But new at Sea Otter was a redesign of the company’s top-selling M.U.L.E. model. First launched in 1996, the reboot of the M.U.L.E. LR 15 has CamelBak doubling down on lumbar packs, with 100 percent of its high-end mountain bike packs now featuring the lower reservoir orientation, which is designed to keep your center of gravity lower on the bike.
Learn more about the CamelBak Low Rider concept and how it can enhance your ride.
Selling for $150, the new M.U.L.E. LR 15 also receives the new Crux LR 3-liter reservoir that delivers 20 percent more liquid per sip at the valve.
As you’d expect there are a number of internal organizing pockets, but CamelBak ups the ante a bit by including a small tool roll (something the company has done on other recent models). A fleece-lined pocket is great for your phone or small camera. An external helmet storage system allows you to still access the contents of your pack without removing the helmet. Two sets of compression straps on the outside of the pack make carrying pads or extra layers a cinch.
The magnetic TubeTrap keeps your hydration hose at the ready. As you empty the reservoir two compression straps keep the pack stable and snug against your back. Lastly, a rain cover keeps your snacks, spares, and electronics dry in case of inclement weather.
For more information visit www.camelbak.com.
This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.