Eurobike: 2015 CamelBak KUDU enduro hydration pack

CamelBak adds back protector, tool roll, helmet carry to enduro pack

Eurobike Hydration

Eurobike Mtbr

Eurobike Cambelbak KUDU

Camelbak’s new enduro-specific KUDU hydration packs include integrated back protectors (top right) and a tool roll (bottom right) to keep tools organized within the bag.

CamelBak combines hydration and cargo carry with CE-certified back protection in their new KUDU 12 and KUDU 18 hydration packs launched at Eurobike this week. Designed with enduro racing in mind, the packs each include a removable three-layer, multi-density foam insert certified to the CE Level 2 motorcycle protection standard. The flexible insert conforms to the contours of the back for better fit and comfort than traditional hard pads.

Eurobike Camelbak KUDU

The KUDU packs, include a double sternum strap and hose clips, come in two sizes, and can accommodate both open- and full-face helmets (right).

The packs also include a tool roll to keep tools organized inside the pack, as well as a double sternum strap and double hose clip to help keep the pack calm during the rigorous descents of enduro courses. Straps for armor and accommodation for both open- and full-face helmet carry add to the packs’ enduro-readiness. Both the $200, 12-liter capacity KUDU 12 and the $225, 18-liter capacity KUDU 18 ship with 100-ounce fluid reservoirs.

got a first look of the KUDU at Bike PressCamp back in June. In this video, Seth Beiden from CamelBak shows us the highlights of the KUDU 12 and KUDU 18.

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Eurobike trade show in Freidrichschafen, Germany. For more from Eurobike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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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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