PressCamp: Camelbak 2016

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Camelbak’s 2016 range has some great new models coming out. As well as some new colours for the Kudu, with its integrated back protector, there’s a whole new range of packs, dubbed the Low Rider Collection. These take the slim lumbar reservoir seen on the Volt and Charge packs and puts them into a low, wide 10L pack and a low profile bum bag (Bum Bak?)

The women’s Solstice 10LR features pad clips


The women’s Solstice features curvy, fleece edged straps.

The Low Rider packs are designed to sit lower on your back, keeping your shoulder blades cooler. The 3L bladder sits lower, over your hips to keep the weight low and the shoulder straps carry hardly any weight while the bag has enough height for a pump and enough space for a jacket and a big sandwich…

Men’s Skyline comes in blues and orange colours



The backpacks feature a tool roll too



New Kudu colours include this that conveniently Cube matching bag

Let’s not call it an enduro bag, but we expect to see lots of these out on the trails for riders out on those short, speedy after work rides. The bag is 4L total, of which there’s a 1.5L reservoir and 2.5L cargo space. There’s a clip-out tool section too. The hose exits the bag out of the side and reaches round to clip over your hip bone.

Orange/coral is pretty popular this year. This is the Palos 4 LR


Tool section deployed


And here’s one we stuffed with things
The hose features the new magnetic Tube Trap which really makes sense in this situation


Camelbak’s Podium bottles have had a full colour facelift




Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (3)

    “…..we expect to see lots of these out on the trails for riders out on those short, speedy after work rides”
    Really? Thought they’d be better off with a bottle and a seat pack – puntertastic stuff

    Not sure I’d want to use a seatpack on a dropper equipped bike. A lot of them want a loop around the post…

    I’ve taken to using an Alpkit fuel tank bag instead. Hate carrying anything on my back.

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