Camelbak MULE bikepacking bags
The CamelBak MULE On Bike Frame Pack wins the Clothing and Accessories Category award at the ’23 Eurobike Show.
The CamelBak MULE bikepacking collection is a new product range for the US brand and will go on sale spring 2024. The MULE range consists of five bags and the On Bike Frame Pack is already a winner. This 12L frame pack comes with the brand new 2L Quick Stow bike reservoir. The reservoir is a useful addition for long hot rides, or for when you can’t fit a bottle due to having a frame bag.
The On Bike Frame Pack is part of CamelBak’s MULE bikepacking collection and was unveiled at the show. The pack will be available in two sizes, 3L or 4.5L. It has adjustable attachment points, reflective details, is water-resistant and has an adjustable tube-clip. The Quick Stow reservoir allows you to carry an extra 2L of water. With smaller frames sometimes making it difficult to fit a frame-pack and bottles, the Quick Stow is a useful addition. And you can disconnect the hose and use the on/off valve cap for cooking at camp. The Quick Stow is available separately if you just need an extra reservoir for your trip.
Built for the long-haul
CamelBak say the MULE range is “built for the long-haul” and “designed to help cyclists explore new frontiers”. Maybe it will encourage me to head out on some adventures myself? The complete range consists of five bags. The MULE 9 and MULE 1 On Bike Saddle Packs are 9 and 1 litre saddle packs. These are both IPX5 waterproof rated and have an anti-sway design. Roll-top closures keep the water out and the contents in. The MULE 9 includes extra bungee storage on top for any extra loose gear. Both packs come with reflective panels to help keep you visible.
Next is the MULE On Bike Handlebar Pack, again this has an IPX5 waterproof rating and a roll-top closure. The storage capacity is 12L and the roll-top closure allows for some expansion: that means room for extra cake! An aluminium stabiliser will keep it from flopping about and there are side mesh pockets.
Next is the MULE On Bike Stem Pack, this can fit and extra bottle within easy reach. A cinch-top closure will stop your bottle from flying out on bumpy descents. Of course you could also use it to store other items if you have enough room for bottles: jelly-babies maybe?
Founded back in 1989 CamelBak are probably the first name you think of when hands-free hydration is mentioned. We’ve previously reviewed the Ratchet and the HAWG here and found them to be tough and well featured bags. We’ll be trying the MULE system out on some summer rides and will let you know how they perform.