CamelBak Updates Reservoirs and Releases Three New Transport and MTB Backpacks

CamelBak tapped into the travel and exploration boom sparked by the pandemic, launching new bags for the metropolis and the mountains.

The Mule Commute 22 and Hawg Commute 30 are wheeled bike backpacks for daily commutes with weather protection, reflective panels and laptop sleeves.

The Mule Evo 12 is said to be a storm-proof backpack with taped seams to keep out the elements.

CamelBak says it’s designed for climbing steep peaks by mountain bike or on foot, like in the French Alps and Snowdonia.

The Mule Evo has small outer pockets in the harness straps.

Specifications and details of the new CamelBak Mule and Hawg carrying backpacks

The Mule and Hawg commuter bags have a waterproof rating of 10,000mm, according to CamelBak, which is equivalent to a waterproof jacket.

Their exterior is made of 330d Cordura nylon and the brand claims this reduces weight without compromising weather resistance or durability.

CamelBak Mule ride

Commuter backpacks seem to have good visibility without being fluorescent.

Citing evidence that 70% of cyclists involved in collisions with cars are struck from the side, Camelbak included reflective material on all bags.

There are side mesh pockets for storing water bottles or a D-Lock, as well as pockets on the harness that can hold a phone.

The lights can be attached to a loop at the back, while a loop at the side provides a place to carry your helmet after dismounting your bike.

CamelBak Hawg Commute

A stylish way to carry headphones on the train or in the office.

Both packs can hold a 3 liter Crux tank, which is not included in the price.

The Mule Commute has a capacity of 22 liters and costs £120 / $130 / €129.99. The Hawg Commute has a capacity of 30 liters and costs £150 / $160 / €164.99. Both bags are available online now.

Recent research from Strava found that 80% of bike rides are commuting. CamelBak director of product management Mike Valvano said this informed the brand’s decision to launch city bags.

Additionally, Valvano said 2021 saw the brand’s bike, running and bottle sales increase by 50%.

Features and details of the new CamelBak Mule Evo 12 MTB backpack

CamelBak Mule Evo

The Mule Evo 12 is designed to keep things organized and carry water too.

At the other end of the spectrum is the adventure-oriented Mule Evo 12, featuring storm-proof construction.

CamelBak says this is its first welded bag. Valvano explained that the bag avoids exterior pockets to reduce the risk of rain soaking into the seams.

The Mule Evo can hold 3 liters of water and has a storage capacity of 9 liters. Internal pockets are divided for essentials such as multi-tools, while you can store an extra layer in the overflow pocket on the outside of the bag.

The Mule Evo costs £140 / $120 / €140 and is also available now online and in stores.

Updates to CambelBak Fusion Bladders and LifeStraw Filtration System

CamelBak Lifestraw filtration

CamelBak claims that LifeStraw is a tastier alternative to chlorine tablets.

The company has also updated its branded water tanks. The new Fusion 2L and 3L would be 30% lighter than the Crux, which remains in production.

Plus, CamelBak claims the BigBite valve is easier to clean and releases 20% more water per sip than existing models.

The Fusion 3L is priced at £56 / $55 / €55.

CamelBak also unveiled a new water filtration system, which might appeal to bikepackers venturing out into the wilderness.

The brand claims that LifeStraw works with its water bottles and reservoirs to provide safe, fresh-tasting drinking water.

Its hollow fiber filter is said to trap 99.99% of bacteria, parasites and microplastics, according to CamelBak.

Then the ion exchange filter removes lead, chlorine and other chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides, as well as unpleasant tastes and odors.

The fiber filter can treat 4,000 liters and the ion exchange 100 liters before needing to be replaced.

A Crux 2L tank with a LifeStraw filter costs £66/$67/€65.

CamelBak has not announced any significant changes to the Podium Flow Belt 4, perhaps unsurprisingly given that it is one of the best hip packs for mountain biking.

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