PressCamp 2014: Camelbak

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Camelbak is releasing a new line of hydration packs with integrated back protection for 2015. Called the Kudu, and coming in 12L and 18L sizes, the packs have a built-in soft spine protector. The insert is a soft, flexible viscoelastic foam that’ll take multiple impacts and is rated even for motocycle use. To keep the pack tight to the body, there are two sternum straps and a wide hip belt.


There’s helmet storage on the outside, a fleecy goggle pocket and two pockets on the waistband – one zipped and one an unzipped pouch. There’s a tool roll included that sits in its own inside pocket. There are armour straps on the base too.


The spine protector insert

A change for 2015 is going to be the inclusion of these nifty hose clamps. The magnetic clamp will clip together in any direction, but can only be removed by sliding it out, making it secure, yet pretty easy to get your hose clipped back in.

Magnetic snap in from any angle, slide out in one.

There are also a lot of new colours coming out (we’ll have to wait and see which of them Zyro will be bringing in) like this blue HAWG NV as well as a great stealth black one.

Got pop?







Blue Lobo and blue, black one




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 (2)

    The magnetic hose clip looks nice but more faffy than the one that Nalgene builds into the bite valve of their hoses. It’d be nice to see that feature on a Camelbak as it seems to be the only thing that Nalgene do better than Camelbak. I’ve ended up using Camelbak bladders and hoses but with a Nalgene bite valve but Nalgene spares are less easy to find than their Camelbak equivalents.

    On first go, the Camelbak clip seems to work well as long as there’s a vertical strap for it. On the new Kudu, ironically there are only horizontal straps, so it’s a bit less intuitive to use (and the Kudu won’t come with the new clips anyway…)

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