First Look: Camelbak's Spring 2021 Line Up

Jan 15, 2021
by Sarah Moore  


Camelbak has launched their Spring 2021 pack collections with a focus on lighter weight, greater breathability, and better ventilation. New packs include the lightweight Rogue Light, Classic Light, and Hydrobak Light as well as the fully featured M.U.L.E. Pro 14, the H.A.W.G Pro 20 with more volume and all the bells and whistles. New for 2021, the packs incorporate Bluesign certified textiles in the main body.





Camelbak Hydrobak Light


There's a pump loop in the small outer pocket.
The tube stays securely in place while riding in the "Tube Trap" and the sternum strap is easily adjustable.


Features

• 3-D Vent Mesh back panel
• Ventilated harness, zippered pocket, helmet carry system
• Adjustable sternum strap, reflective
• Available in a women's specific model
• Available in 7 colours
Reservoir: 1.5-litre Crux w/ QuickLink
Storage: 2.5 litre total capacity
Weight: 6 ounces (170 g)
• One size
• $55 USD




bigquotesWith its 1.5-litre reservoir, mesh back panel, and minimal storage, the Hydrobak Light is the lightest pack that Camelbak offers. It's also the most economical option at $55 USD. When all you want is a simple pack to carry extra water, the Hydrobak Light is a good option. The main zipper across the top of the bag is for the reservoir, while the smaller zipper on the left side of the pack opens up the storage pocket. Inside the storage pocket, there's a place to attach your keys as well as an elastic strap to hold your pump in place. Two loop holes at the top of the pack work as a rudimentary helmet carry system, there's an adjustable sternum strap, and reflective accents.

The Hydrobak Light is available in both a men's and a women's specific fit and there's no strap cinched around your waist. All the adjustments are made on the main pack straps that fit over your shoulders and the adjustable chest strap. The main differences between this pack and the Rogue Light and Classic Light are its lighter mesh back panel, similar to what comes on the Chase Vest, and its smaller reservoir. The lighter mesh back panel means the water reservoir sits right on your back so it is likely to warm up a touch faster than the water in the Rogue or Classic packs, which use the Air Support Light back panel to keep the reservoir a bit more off your back. That being said, the Hydrobak does use the same insulated pocket for the reservoir to sit in as the other two models in the Light Series.





Camelbak Classic Light

Camelbak's new Classic Light sits right between the Hydrobak and the Rogue, coming with a 2-litre Crux Reservoir and 4 litres of storage capacity.

The raised pods of the Air Support Light back panel separate the pack from the rider so that the water isn't directly against your hot back on rides.
The mesh harness is comfortable and keeps the pack from getting heavy with sweat.


Reflective details and a spot to clip a light for safe riding in the dark. The loops are simple, but you can strap your helmet to them in a pinch.



Features

• Air Support Light back panel
• Zippered pocket, bungee overflow system
• Adjustable sternum strap, pump strap, light loop, helmet carry & reflectivity
• Available in 5 colours
Reservoir: 2-litre Crux w/ QuickLink
Storage: 4 litre total capacity
Weight: 7-ounce (200 g)
• One size
• $65 USD




bigquotesCamelbak's new Classic Light sits right between the Hydrobak and the Rogue, coming with a 2-litre Crux Reservoir and 4 litres of storage capacity. The zippered pocket has a tube strap and a place to attach your keys and there's a bungee on the outside of the pack if you end up taking off your jacket mid-ride and needing a spot to carry it. There are also two loops at the top of the pack that work as a helmet carry system if you're the type to take your helmet off and carry it on climbs. Reflective accents and light loop at the bottom of the pack keep you visible at night.

The Classic Light has the same ventilated mesh straps as the Hydrobak Light but uses the Air Support Light back panel. The raised pods that sit against the back separate the pack from the rider so that the water isn't directly against your hot back on rides. Foam is built into the pack to further insulate the reservoir and help keep your water cooler. Adjustable shoulder straps and an adjustable sternum strap help keep the pack in place. It's available in one size and five colours.





Camelbak Rogue Light

There are two zippered pockets on the Rogue Light and the outer pocket provides additional storage.

The Rogue Light has the most padding of the three packs in the Light series as well as the most storage.
All of the bags in the Light series come with the Crux reservoir with the QuickLink that allows you to detach the reservoir from the hose. This makes it much easier to fill up the reservoir at the tap.


The outside storage pocket is great for stuffing a spare layer in. The Rogue Light is the only pack in the Light Series with a zippered pocket inside the reservoir compartment.



Features

• Air Support Light back panel
• Integrated tool organization sleeve, 2 zippered pockets, stretch overflow system for more storage
• Adjustable straps, reflective
• Available in a women's specific model
• Available in 7 colours
Reservoir: 2-litre Crux w/ QuickLink
Storage: 7 litre total capacity
Weight: 8 ounces (215 g)
• One size
• $75 USD




bigquotesThe new Rogue Light is still a minimalist pack, but it's the largest of the three in the Light series with a 2-litre Crux reservoir and 7-litres of total storage capacity. There's a zippered pocket on the inside of the main reservoir pocket, a zippered pocket that runs up the right side of the bag with a place to attach your keys, and a large overflow pocket with a pump loop in it.

The pack features an Air Support Light back panel with raised padding to help keep the water from sitting directly on your back and an insulated reservoir compartment cooler for longer. The concept is similar to the one on the Classic Light pack, but with a slightly different shape to the foam. The Rogue adds an extra pad to the bottom of the pack for added comfort. Like the other two packs in the Light Series, there's no strap at the waist. The Rogue Light is available in two women's colours and five men's colours and, like the Hydrobak Light, the Rogue Light is available in both a men's and a women's specific fit.





Camelbak M.U.L.E. Pro 14

The Camelbak M.U.L.E. Pro 14 comes with all the bells and whistles.

The back panel is built so that only the mesh fabric touches your back.
The tool wrap is included, while you can purchase the Camelbak Impact Protector panel as an add-on accessory for $50 USD.

Lots of organization pockets and a special sleeve to carry and extra e-bike battery.
There's a waist strap as well as a magnetic closure and hose.


Features

• Air Support Pro Back Panel
• Hip belt with cargo pockets, an integrated bike tool organizer roll, helmet carry straps, and an e-bike battery sleeve carry
• Available in a women's specific model
• Available in 4 colours
Reservoir: 3-litre Crux w/ QuickLink
Storage: 14-litre total storage capacity
Weight: 1 lb. 13 oz / 820 g (women's) & 1 lb. 14 oz / 845 g (men's)
• $150 USD




bigquotesThe M.U.L.E. Pro 14 has twice the storage capacity compared to the Rogue Light, but it weighs more than three times as much. That weight comes from the fancier back panel, the durable ripstop fabric the pack is made of, the bike tool roll, the magnetic sternum buckle and tube trap, and its numerous zippered compartments that make organizing all your snacks and tools easy.

The fancier Air Support Pro Back Panel keeps the reservoir and pack much further off your back than the back panel on the Light series, keeping you and your water cooler. There's also more adjustability, with both adjustable chest and waist straps. The hip belt on the M.U.L.E. Pro 14 has cargo pockets for easy access and there's also an integrated bike tool organizer roll, helmet carry straps, and an e-bike battery sleeve. The overflow pocket on the outside is roomy enough to stuff an extra layer in, while the two straps at the bottom of the pack allow you to strap items to the bottom of your pack.

There's the option to purchase the Camelbak Impact Protector panel as an add-on accessory for $50 USD. The panel offers international CE1621-2 Level 2 protection which can withstand multiple impacts.




Camelbak H.A.W.G. Pro 20


There's an easy spot to secure your helmet and maximal organization with multiple pockets, as well as an e-bike battery sleeve.


Features

• Air Support Pro Back Panel
• Hip belt with cargo pockets, an integrated bike tool organizer roll, helmet carry straps, and an e-bike battery sleeve carry
• Available in 2 colours
Reservoir: 3-litre Crux w/ QuickLink
Storage: 20-litre total storage capacity
Weight: 2 lb. 4 oz / 1015 grams
• $160 USD




bigquotesThe final new pack in Camelbak's Spring 2021 series is the H.A.W.G. Pro 20. It's a larger version of the M.U.L.E. Pro 14, with the same Air Support Pro Back Panel, integrated bike tool organizer roll, cargo pockets, helmet carry straps, and e-bike battery sleeve. It's also compatible with the Camelbak Impact Protector panel




Camelbak expects these packs to be available in March, at which point they'll show up on camelbak.com.


78 Comments

  • 94 0
 Is this the reason for the water bottle Pinkbike poll?
  • 22 0
 The industry calls that SYNERGY
  • 10 1
 I see what you did there Pb!! You can’t fool those of us who have nothing better to do than hawk Pb all day everyday as if we have no lives, and, no, I don’t have a gf cuz I choose to be that way so shaddup, and yes I eventually will move out of my moms basement ok? Frown
  • 2 0
 Yeah I think they're effing with us. Covid makes you do things.
  • 3 0
 @geephlow: You can't fight synergy, Lemon. It's bigger than all of us
  • 28 1
 Still holding out and waiting for the launch of the Cameltoe.. the bib shorts that hold water and keep it warm by replacing your chamois with a waterbed.
  • 5 0
 The first versioncould be called the Dolores
  • 23 2
 Who needs water bottles and packs. I have a little wagon that I attach to my bike and I carry a lot gallon size jugs of water on my rides. Oh did it mention I ONLY RIDE PARK!
  • 2 0
 With our new invention, park riders can now have a water source without looking uncool
  • 3 0
 No beer kegs, no care.
  • 12 0
 Loving my Chase Vest.
  • 3 0
 Chase Vest is definitely the go-to!
  • 1 0
 One of the best ways to hold water, for sure. Remy Metalier also agrees ????
  • 1 0
 They could have made it slightly bigger. I like mine but at least could have made it a little bigger or more forgiving pockets. It's tight when the bladder is full.
  • 11 0
 I'm waiting for the video & podcast about this topic
  • 1 0
 And the slo-mo montage
  • 6 0
 Anyone know why they've gone away from the lumbar reservoirs?

I have a Camelback from a few years ago and as a tall person, that's my favorite part. I could never get day packs that carried weight on my hips so had resorted to fanny packs. Once I got the lumbar reservoir camelpack, I used it for a lot more than biking as it did that so well.
  • 5 0
 Yea the latest Mule LR is the best pack I’ve used to date. No interest in going back to a traditional pack.
  • 1 0
 The skyline still has the 3l lumbar reservoir. The 2020 mule LR had it, but the back was a complete eyesore but had some really cool hidden features.
  • 1 2
 Usually anything under 20L isn't meant to have weight carried on the hips since there usually isn't much weight there anyways.
  • 3 0
 The model designs are all on a cycle (no pun). It's likely that they're just not pushing the lumbar packs this season as those designs could be a carry over... these packs are refreshes of older models with the standard reservoir by the look of things. You can assume these are the packs they want people looking at as far as pretending to be new and exciting, etc. I don't know that for sure, but that's how it used to work there. Allegedly.
  • 3 0
 I agree. Their early lumbar packs were the most comfortable I’ve ever owned. The volt 13 LR and the Octane LR have not been replaced by better products since being discontinued. I’ve given up on the brand and am going to try other manufacturers.
  • 2 0
 Still have the Charge LR going strong after all these years. Bit of a pain tucking the 'winged' reservoir bits in, but incredibly better on the lower back. No idea why the lumbar reservoir was never adopted more by other brands. Look like my Charge will have to last a few more years if they've discontinued lumbar type Camelbaks.
  • 2 0
 @marxrydz: I have the Volt 13 too. It's stitched and duct taped together in a few places due to animal attack after leaving snacks in there, but overall it's held up really well. A few years ago I bought one of their back protector models and sent it back as I didn't like it nearly as much as a pack.
  • 1 0
 @marxrydz: My Volt 13 LR is showing its age, but I can't give it up as there isn't a pack out there I'd be happy replacing it with.
  • 8 0
 I still have a HAWG from 1998!!
  • 6 0
 Still have my MULE from a decade ago and currently rock the DaKine one of the more underrated packs of our time.
  • 1 0
 They made the hose on the newer ones way shorter. I had a really old HAWG too...but then it fell into a tub of transmission fluid and I didn't notice until days later.
  • 7 0
 Hydration packs are still alive and well.
  • 1 0
 I don't think anyone has really said otherwise... Look at the comments in the 'bottle?' article and the overwhelming feeling is 'bottles for short rides, packs for long rides'.
  • 3 0
 @bigtim: But, not a lot of companies coming out with new hydration packs. Most companies still have the same models for a couple years now. Also, a lot depends on where you live. In hot climates, it is not easy to even go on short rides with a bottle even after pre-hydrating well. When it is cold, it is easy to go on short and longer rides with a bottle if you pre-hydrate well.
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy: Yeah. Plus the pro tip of filling a resi with ice for helping your core cool during summer rides in the SW is a crucial thing.
  • 1 0
 @NorCalNomad: 100%. I cannot live without my ice maker.
  • 2 0
 God, when will they put avalanche backpack technology into these things?! I've waited long enough. All I want is a handle I can pull to have an inflatable cushion instantly deployed when I crash. Please no more announcements till this technology is included. Or maybe a deployable air brake parachute
  • 1 0
 Question. Does anybody make a super lightweight bag that just holds a proper FF lid that I can stowe away in a pocket or clip to pants, for winch up and plummet rides? Helmet slings like the ones the come with FF lids tend to move around too much.
  • 1 0
 Something like this from REI would be good, although this one may pack down a bit large for a pocket.

www.rei.com/product/137641/rei-co-op-stuff-travel-pack-print-20l
  • 4 0
 I still have my Camelbak Havok. Still strong and not falling apart. Best $99.00 I spent. Carry my full face up if needed.
  • 2 0
 Is it me or do these look really wide? I'd think with all the folks opting not to wear a pack due to sweat and "discomfort" they'd try to get less surface contact with the users back.
  • 1 0
 Pro-tip: If you get Camelbak's military line, they're made out of a way more heavy duty fabric that holds up longer, and is less prone to getting stank and stains all over it. Same sizes and features as any of the others. I just got my 2nd MULE after like almost a decade of use on the last one. Its served me well besides sometimes wondering if I'll get shot by a hunter because now my whole back is camouflaged, but hey... at least my bike is brightly colored. *shrug
  • 2 0
 I still have my 2000's Mule. The design hasn't changed that much since then. And I must say that my one is it still in perfect condition. I hope they kept up the quality since back then.
  • 4 0
 My Camelbak Reservoir is still in the freezer from 2 years ago!
  • 1 0
 I see that they are continuing with the oddly shaped bladders that don’t retrofit. Too bad they make excellent bladders. Sorry, reservoir. That used to tweak the hell out of the rep.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know if any of the old camelback reservoirs weremade with BPA? I still have one from 2009 that I use, still clean with no smell Wink but wondering if I should toss it or keep using.
  • 1 0
 I could be wrong, but my understanding is that bpa is more generally used in hard plastics. Maybe don't need to worry so much about the bladder? My camelbak is from like 2005 or something, so I hope I'm right
  • 1 0
 If you’re still using a bladder from ‘09 there is more than BPA that you should worry about...
  • 1 0
 @Dabbo: Like what?
  • 1 0
 Rei Flash 22L with a 3 liter Platypus big zip water bag is a third of the price and half the weight.

$50 for a back protector that should be standard and is the main reason most people wear hydro packs is just wrong.
  • 2 0
 I really like my Repack LR4 one of the best Camelbaks out there for a smaller package
  • 1 0
 I'm done with Camelbak... to many reservoirs spoiled over time, and when you go to get a new one "They don't make that one anymore"
Just not for me anymore.
  • 1 0
 Hopefully they put some of the length back in the hose....the hose on the one I bought this past summer is too damned short.
  • 3 1
 but iT dOEsnT fiT a wATeR bOtTlE
  • 1 0
 Here's what you do, freeze half the water in the pack and it will keep you cool while riding
  • 2 0
 If I use a camelback water bottle am I an oxymoron?
  • 2 0
 No, you're an h2omoron.
  • 1 0
 Doing their best to get that weight as high as possible on the torso. Wingnuts...
  • 1 0
 Meh, where's the low center of gravity stuff? Why not go for some under Jersey type solutions.
  • 1 0
 Waiting for a hydrogen powered ebike that feeds you water as a combustion byproduct
  • 4 3
 Hip Pack recommendations?
  • 10 2
 EVOC Hip Pack Pro 3L, absolutely love it! Once I've tried it I don't want to carry a backpack while riding ever again.
  • 4 2
 @samoyurets: have one too but find it too bouncy when loaded. Great for light days when you don’t have to use the bladder.
Switched to an USWE Airborne 15 and it’s awesome.
  • 3 1
 Osprey with the water bottles pockets
  • 3 0
 @NRZ:
Any tips on fitting that one? I had to cinch it down to the point where it was uncomfortable to prevent it from sliding down. Felt like I was doing something wrong. I still have it but now usually use my Raptor backpack.
  • 3 0
 @CircusMaximus: seconded on the USWE. Patriot 9 for me when I need extra water for the dog and me in summer, or an extra layer in winter
  • 2 0
 I have the EVOC hip pack 3L and it's pretty good. My fiancee got the osprey seral and its even better. more storage, better reservoir and more stable.
  • 1 0
 Yup, it checks out. Looks like a Camelbak.
  • 1 0
 Look at the colour selection!
  • 1 0
 Thank god for the delivery of this information.
  • 1 0
 USWE Outlander is crazy light and doesn't move around.
  • 1 0
 Misleading title. Where are the springs?
  • 1 0
 Couple of grands for the frame with bottle cage seems worth it
  • 1 0
 What’s with the Easter egg assorted colors?
  • 1 0
 Who cares, I haven't seen a pack in 10 years.
  • 1 0
 But it's still winter! Will i crash if i buy one?
  • 1 0
 Ebike battery pouch...
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