CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120
I have owned many daypacks and this is it...
- NV back system
- Huge capacity
- No bottle holder (yes i went there)
I love this pack! Great creature comforts as far as straps go, buckles, compression, pockets etc. The fit is great with the swiveling straps and customizable chest/waist straps. I especially love the fact that inside the bladder pocket they added an extra strap to hold the bladder in place (major bonus).
I currently have 9 other packs (ranging from my 70 ltr multiday pack, to a small waist-pack for bouldering and school backpack of course). And this is my favorite pack of all. I have been through quite a few day packs too searching for the right one, including a few other Camelbaks and some of the Osprey series (which all of my big packs are and I love them).
This is the one though! It is intended for mountain biking and that is what makes it a great pack. They have made it well balanced, and slim, adding all the organization you need, it is magical.
My favorite part of the pack is the cinch pocket where you can throw an extra layer or whatever you need and just stuff it down. That was the major selling factor for me (since I was trying to decide between this and the H.A.W.G.). I have used it for a many a day hikes, the gym, and around town in general. Lately I have been getting around on my trusty longboard and it makes for a great around the town pack, holding my laptop and a few other in town essentials.
I did say the con was no bottle holder and I know you are thinking "why do you need one?" most of my hiking is done with my best friend at my side (a mini-australian shepard) and the guy needs a drink every once in a while, it's a little too hard for him do drink from a drip nozzle so I try to have a bottle on hand for more volume. If it had a place for my bottle other then in the cinch it would have gotten 5 stars, but alas 4 will have to do.
If Camelbak ever decides to make a cross between this and the H.A.W.G, forget about it! It would be the perfect pack period.
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You need to stay hydrated when you're out riding, but you don't want to feel weighed down by your pack. Fortunately, the Camelbak M.U.L.E. NV offers enough water and cargo space for Medium to Ultra Long Endeavors and is so comfortable you'll forget you're wearing it!
Key Features of the Camelbak MULE NV 100 oz. Hydration Pack - 2013 ModelQuick Link System1/4 turn - easy open/close capLightweight fillportDryer armsCenter bafflingLow-profile designPatented Big Bite ValveHydroguard technologyPureflow tubeEasy-to-clean wide-mouth openingAirculating podsCross ventilationLightweight designHelmet hookMedia pocketBike tool organizer pocketFour point compressionOverflow storageBack Panel: NVHarness: D-Fit SuspensionSlider Sternum StrapBelt: Fixed 20 mm /.75 in.Cargo pocketsCamelbak MULE NV 100 oz. Hydration Pack - 2013 ModelThe Camelbak MULE NV 100 oz. Hydration Pack - 2013 Model is a revolutionary new back panel that carries your load in all-day comfort. It features NV Back Panel that utilizes individual pods that articulate independently so the entire pack moves in sync with your back, whether you're crouched in the saddle, charging an uphill section or hacking over rocks the NV system provides multi- directional airflow for maximum ventilation inside. The Camelbak MULE NV 100 oz. Hydration Pack - 2013 Model is a just-right amount of gear-carrying capacity for mountain bike rides of 2 hours or longer.
An update on a longtime favorite, the redesigned CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV hydration pack provides plenty of gear storage and water capacity to let you enjoy the riding trails all day long. D-Fit(TM) shoulder straps slide along a plastic component to automatically find the most comfortable position on wide or narrow shoulders. NV(TM) lightweight back panel features articulating pods that hold the load away from your back for dependable ventilation. 100 fl. oz. Antidote(TM) reservoir is equipped with the Quick Link(TM) connection system for hassle-free removal of the drinking tube. Big Bite(TM) valve is easy to use-just bite and sip; HydroLock(TM) valve shuts off water, ensuring no leakage during transport. Reservoir compartment features an easy-access perimeter zipper. Hipbelt pockets and 3 zippered compartments-1 with a gear organizer-carry everything you need for epic day trips. Overflow storage quickly lashes down a rain shell or extra layer via 2 sets of compression straps. Top zippered pocket has a microfleece lining and holds your media player. Strap management system secures straps, keeping loose ends to a minimum. Removable raincover helps keep your gear dry in wet weather. Reflective highlights increase visibility in low light.
Packing a little less volume than Camelbak's flagship mountain bike hydration pack but every bit as capable, the M.U.L.E. NV Hydration Pack is if you need a lot of water and plenty of storage, but also need to keep an eye on the amount of weight you're carrying. The M.U.L.E. is packing a full three liters of water and over 700 cubic inches of storage space. Camelbak's new Antidote Reservoir graces the hydration sleeve of this beauty, and it's loaded with features that make it easier to fill, easier to clean, and easier to live with.The M.U.L.E. is more than just a big bag of water, though. From the advanced NV suspension system designed to keep the load away from your back to the fixed waist belt with easy-access cargo pockets, the M.U.L.E is a night-and-day improvement over your old hydration pack even before you come to the revolutionary Antidote reservoir.NV back panel with articulated pods for a fully ventilated back panel that keeps the load suspended away from your backNew Antidote reservoir includes a lightweight, quick-seal cap, folding arms on the port to speed drying, and baffles in the body that allow the reservoir to maintain a lower profile when fullNew Quick Link system in reservoir allows you to quickly snap off the tube for cleaning and easily attach accessories like filters, flow meters, and insulated tubesAmple main compartment and multiple exterior pockets hold your rain gear, multi-tool, pump, spare tube, lunch, MP3, phone, wallet, and keys, while XC helmet carry stows your dome protectorFixed .75-inch belt with cargo pockets keeps the pack from bouncing around as you bomb downhillHydroGuard anti-microbial technology inhibits bacterial growth on reservoir and tube surfacesErgo Hydrolock shut-off valve allows you to control water flow and prevents leaksXC helmet carry stows your dome protector