Camelbak M.U.L.E range overview… a pack for every occasion

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Camelbak’s popular M.U.L.E hydration pack has been part of their range for a number of years. For the modern era of mountain biking, Camelbak felt it was time to give the M.U.L.E range a bit of a tune-up.

For trail riding, the M.U.L.E range comprises three main styles of pack: the M.U.L.E 12, the M.U.L.E Pro 14 and the M.U.L.E EVO 12. The M.U.L.E 12 and M.U.L.E Pro 14 are also available in Women’s versions.

All Camelbak M.U.L.E packs are “packs that go the distance.” Which is exactly as you’d expect from a range of packs that got their name from Medium to Ultra Long Endeavours (M.U.L.E. geddit?) back in the day. All the M.U.L.E packs feature smart storage options, Air Support back panel, lightweight materials, helmet carry, integrated tool organisation, magnetic tube trap, removable stability belt and ventilated harness.

Let’s delve deeper into each model individually.

All Camelbak M.U.L.E packs are “packs that go the distance.” Which is exactly as you’d expect from a range of packs that got their name from Medium to Ultra Long Endeavours (M.U.L.E. geddit?

Camelbak M.U.L.E 12

Price £120

  • Weight: 580g
  • Gear capacity: 9L
  • Hydration capacity: 3L
  • Bladder: CRUX reservoir with Quicklink system

The Camelbak M.U.L.E 12 is the latest version of the classic M.U.L.E.

The general size of the M.U.L.E remains. It’s a great size for the vast majority of regular weekend rides. It has enough features to be useful without being over-the-top.

It almost goes without saying that it’s got an excellent reservoir in it too: the three litre capacity Camelbak Crux reservoir with Quicklink System that makes refilling much easier.

Camelbak have added their Magnetic Tube Trap. Which makes removing and reattaching the drinks hose to and from the sternum strap very simple yet secure.

The back of the M.U.L.E 12 is Camelbak’s Air Support back panel made from lightweight materials and offering maximum ventilation and comfort.

The M.U.L.E 12 has been awarded a Repurpose Gold Sustainability Badge. It’s partially made from recycled materials, and with safer chemicals. The fabrication generally tries to preserve resources and reduce disposables.

Designed with the aggressive all mountain rider in mind, the M.U.L.E 12 has the space and features for the most challenging terrain.

The M.U.L.E 12 is available in a women’s version too.

The shoulder harness is S-curved and the whole pack shape is designed with a woman’s torso in mind for added comfort and stability.

Women’s version:

The Camelbak Women’s M.U.L.E 12 is designed with body-mapping technology, for improved fit and impressive cooling. S-curved shoulder harness is contoured to fit a woman’s body for comfort and stability.

Camelbak M.U.L.E Pro 14

Price £140

  • Weight: 845g
  • Gear capacity:11L
  • Hydration capacity: 3L
  • Bladder: CRUX reservoir with Quicklink system

A brand new model. The M.U.L.E Pro 14 is intended for the All Mountain All Day mountain biker.

It’s the same good ol’ M.U.L.E as ever but with some added features and Camelbak’s latest back panel design, which is most excellently called Air Support.

Air Support was designed with body mapping technology to prioritise the areas that retain the most heat and to then get maximum airflow moving through the back panel to provide comfortable cooling.

The strapping – or harness as Camelbak call it – is made from mesh fabric which as well as being super ventilatiing, also keeps your load lighter.

It wouldn’t be a Camelbak without a reservoir and the M.U.L.E Pro 14 features Camelbak’s excellent Crux Reservoir which holds a full three litres.

As well as the compartmentalised main storage chamber, the M.U.L.E Pro 14 has a hip belt with cargo carrying capability and a removable bike tool organiser.

Should you need to, you can also upgrade this pack to hold Impact Protector spine protection armour. And it has the ability to hold a spare ebike battery too.

The M.U.L.E Pro 14 can carry everything you need on your epic all day rides.

Women’s version:

The Camelbak Women’s M.U.L.E Pro 14 utilises body mapping technology for a tailored fit and improved cooling. The shoulder straps are S-curved to fit a woman’s body for added comfort and stability. Pack shape is specifically designed with a female torso in mind.

Camelbak M.U.L.E Evo 12

Price £140

  • Weight: 790g
  • Gear capacity: 9L
  • Hydration capacity: 3L
  • Bladder: CRUX reservoir with Quicklink system

The very latest evolution of the Camelbak M.U.L.E, the M.U.L.E EVO 12.

Everything we like about the regular MULE 12 but made weatherproof by use of storm-ready fabrics and zips.

The M.U.L.E EVO 12 will keep your gear dry and secure in all weather and over whatever terrain your adventure takes in.

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  • PrinceJohn
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    Are we not boycotting them due to their parent companies links with gun culture/NRA funding?

    stingmered
    Full Member

    I did not know this, (re: NRA support and general gun-toting, fire-arm trading, do-bad existence.) another company off the list. Same as under-armor.

    stanley
    Full Member

    Nicely shot video, but I was puzzled as to whether it was a review or an advertisement?

    I suppose the MULE is “the” backpack if you’ve been riding for more than a few years!

    stingmered
    Full Member

    It says in the top of the article ‘sponsored’ so I assumed an advertisement.

    Come on Singletrack, I get that times are tough (understatement) and you need to sell advertorials… but please think before accepting the shilling from companies with unethical backgrounds. I certainly didn’t know about their parent organisation. I hope this time it was an honest oversight rather than an educated decision.

    vinnyeh
    Full Member

    In a rather circular manner, Singletrack has already raised the issue, I guess this shows how they have answered the question they have themselves asked:

    Would you buy a cycling product that’s made by a firearms company? There’s a good chance you already have

    ayjaydoubleyou
    Full Member

    There’s a lot of competing issues for the ethical shopper.
    For me personally, I care about the materials used, the quality of life of the (hopefully) adult making it, and the products longevity* far more than the parent company’s political lobbying in a foreign country.

    * and for that reason, I’m not buying this, I’m keeping my 5 year old osprey.

    MrAgreeable
    Full Member

    As the contributor who wrote that story above about Vista Outdoor, I should point out that things have changed somewhat since. Vista has sold off some of its gun companies and created a separate division for its non-shooting brands (which also now include Fox, which it bought a few months ago). As far as I can tell, it’s no longer making assault rifle-style weapons or directly supporting the NRA – although it still makes a lot of ammunition, and is listed as an exhibitor at NRA events.

    stingmered
    Full Member

    To paraphrase the NRA, guns don’t kill people, ammo does.

    Doesn’t matter how the company organises itself for no doubt good tax and window-dressing reasons, you buy a camelbak or giro helmet and you are putting money into the pockets of individuals and shareholders who support gun culture and contribute to the awful epidemic of gun related violence in the US and beyond.

    MrAgreeable
    Full Member

    At the time of the boycott covered in the news story above, Vista was actively supporting the NRA and selling the type of firearm used in some particularly lethal shootings. It’s no longer doing either of these things. That said, I fully get why people might not want to buy from a company with links to the firearms industry.

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