CamelBak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack

The best in the business as far as hydrations packs go, CamelBak has hit it out of the park yet again with their M.U.L.E hydration system. Simple and straightforward, it gives you hands free access to water whenever you need it and stays out of the way whenever you don’t.

CamelBak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack Review

Water bottles are so terribly outdated. Anyone that’s anyone knows that if you’re trying to meet the hydration requirements while out riding, hiking, or climbing you need a proper hydration system that is hands-free and always accessible. And while a number of hydration backpack hybrids have hit the market, none has ever been able to do it better than CamelBak, and their new high volume CamelBak M.U.L.E. model.

CamelBak M.U.L.E. Review — First Impressions

The first thing you can a notice about the CamelBak M.U.L.E. is a simple fact that it looks and feels just like any other CamelBak on the market. Designed and developed from the ground up to all but disappear while you’re packing it, the CamelBak M.U.L.E. gives you complete and total access to up to 3 L of water. But even carrying this hydration system around fully loaded is completely comfortable thanks to the well-designed well distributed weight load system. The CamelBaks have always been known for being the best of the best, and this one is no different.

CamelBak M.U.L.E. Video Review

Incredible comfort, stability, and durability

We’re talking about something is mission critical and important as your water supply. There might not be a more precious resource on any trip you take into the wilderness. Making sure that you have not only enough water, but to have a protected and easily accessible whenever you need to drink is a serious concern for anyone. Though there have been a lot of inroads made for water filtration systems that pack away into almost nothing so you can get your water on-site, they’re only good if you can actually find water. The CamelBak M.U.L.E. allows you to bring in at least a day’s worth to make sure that you have everything you need. Now, the majority of you are probably not going to pack in 3 L of water just to sit around the camp. People with active lifestyles or big adventures on their minds will be quite pleased with the design and framework of this hydration system. Easily one of the most comfortable on the entire market, not only does it have plenty of back padding keep you comfortable, but it also has designed in ventilation system that works like a dream.

Actual convenience and hydration pack

Easily one of the biggest issues dealing with any hydration pack (including most camelback solutions) is that they can be a pain to actually use and drink out of. First-generation and early model hydration packs suffered from kinked hoses, faulty bladder systems, or trickle flow system that never produced enough water. But not the CamelBak M.U.L.E.hydration pack. One of the smartest and best integrated water delivery systems of any CamelBak on the market, you’ll have hands-free access to your water whenever you need it most. The water flow system is all about easy access, with you having to do nothing other than bite down on the mouthpiece and begin to drink. There is a bit of a negative here in that there is no clip or magnetic strip to hold the mouthpiece in place as there are on some other models, which can make for a bit of inconvenience when hiking, biking, or climbing and things are getting rattled around. The other big benefit that really sets the CamelBak M.U.L.E. apart from everything else according to most all CamelBak M.U.L.E. reviews out there is the L-shaped zipper pouch that actually allows you to see how much water you have actually drank. This is the kind of feature you just don’t find on a lot of hydration packs on the market and something that should come standard across the board. Actually being able to see how much water you have already drink and how much water you have left is a no-brainer when you’re out the woods, and only the CamelBak M.U.L.E. allows you to do it in a few seconds.

Easy to fill, easy to clean

Another thing you don’t have to worry about when dealing with the CamelBak M.U.L.E. filling up the bladder itself. Surprisingly, this is still something that most hydration packs struggle with, but something that the CamelBak M.U.L.E. handles with no issues. The pack itself has just enough stability to hold its form when you remove the bladder to fill up, and replacing it is a breeze. The same is true for cleaning, and while it’s not as dishwasher safe as another offering on the marketplace a simple touch up with a brush after every use is all that’s necessary.

CamelBak M.U.L.E. Specs

Material: 70D Diamond Clarus, 420D nylon, DWR coating, PU coating (1000mm)
Reservoir Volume: 3 L
Pockets: 1 media, 1 bike tool organizer
Waist-Belt: yes
Compression Straps: 4
Locking Bite Valve: yes
Weight: 1.3 lb
Dimensions: 18 x 8 x 8 in
Volume: 671 cu in
Recommended Use: mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty: lifetime
MSRP: $100.00

Conclusion

As far as hydration packs go, you would have to be crazy to go with anything other than a CamelBak. One of the most trusted brands in outdoor gear, the CamelBak M.U.L.E. will give you access to an incredible amount of water with very little hassle. Aside from some minor cosmetic or functionality issues, this is the best of the best.

Written by Stan Tyan