Back in the early 2000s, I spent a lot of time riding with a core group of 10-12 guys who rode hard, explored every valley and mountainside, and spent huge days on their bikes. While each individual varied with their set ups and riding style, there was one constant throughout the crew, we all had Camelbak Hawg hydration packs. It gained our trust through thousands of hours of riding, bushwacking and hanging out in the forest — and Camelbak's current Mule LR 15 pack reminds me of those legendary Hawg packs.

Camelbak Mule LR features

  • 100oz Crux LR reservoir (2.84l)12 liters of gear storage
  • 800 gram weight
  • Airfoil back panel
  • Magnetic Tube Trap
  • Stabilizing load-bearing hip belts with cargo
  • Dual reservoir compression straps
  • Rain cover
  • Built-in helmet carry hooks
  • Separate zippered compartment with gear organizer and tool roll
  • Additional top zippered pocket with microfleece lining
  • Overflow storage via two sets of compression straps
  • Reflective accents
  • BikeRadar verdict

    "The Mule LR is supremely comfortable, uses a top-notch reservoir and makes organizing any amount of gear easy"

    Highs: 100oz low-ride reservoir, very comfortable, pockets everywhere, detachable hose, bite valve lock, useful gear storage

    Lows: Not much; upper strap buckles are hard to close, still warm on the back

    Buy if: Your riding needs demand loads of gear and plenty of water and you want one of the best hydration packs on the market