Single Track Review: CamelBak KUDU Protector 20 Backpack

The following is a review by James Vincent from SingleTrackWorld.com

Redesigned for 2018, the new KUDU range from CamelBak combines a back protector and a hydration backpack all in one. We gave the big 20L version to our main man in the Lake District, James Vincent, to put to the test during some big days out on some of the steepest, rockiest and gnarliest terrain he could find in Cumbria. 

First spotted at PressCamp earlier this year, the Camelbak KUDU 20 sits at the top of Camelbak’s extensive range of cycling specific packs, in both size (20L) and spec (lots of bells, one whistle). While there are other packs in the range of a similar size, the KUDU series feature integrated back protection, and for 2018, has been simplified to just a 10L and 20L model (that’s water capacity + storage), with several key features of the packs getting a bit of an overhaul at the same time.

The KUDU is all-new for 2018. James however, is not.

The CE-certified Impact Protector slides into a sleeve to sit close to your back.

As the bigger of the two packs, the KUDU 20 is most definitely on the larger end of the scale for cycling packs, with numerous straps and expanding pouches covering the surface of the pack, along with the obligatory rain cover buried at the bottom. Unloaded, CamelBak claims the pack weighs a not-inconsiderable 1.5kg (3lb 4oz), which means it needs to be designed well to distribute it’s weight as broadly as possible.

Unzipping ¾ of the way round to allow unfettered access and running the full length of the bag, the vast main compartment also has a small zippered mesh pocket for phones, keys and other essentials.

The soft-lined top pocket is ready for your phone, glasses or goggles.

Ready for a 3L reservoir – though the KUDU doesn’t include one as standard.

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CamelBak Hot Cap

DESCRIPTION

Give lukewarm the cold-shoulder with the new Hot Cap bottle. A leak-proof 360° cap allows drinking from any side so you can sip subconsciously. Sweat-proof, vacuum insulation keeps the outside of the bottle dry and your beverage hot for up to 6 hours or cold for up to 24 hours. Hot Cap can accommodate contents up to 195⁰F, 90⁰C. For easy cleaning, the rotating valve twists apart and can be removed completely. This cap is compatible with only Chute Mag bottles only.

FEATURES

  • 360° Cap: Allows drinking from any side of the bottle
  • Leak-Proof Rotating Valve: Twists open for easy sipping and twists apart for easy cleaning
  • Vacuum Insulation: Keeps beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 6 hours
  • Stays Dry: Sweat-proof insulation ensures a no-slip grip
  • Dishwasher Safe Cap: Cap assembly is top-rack dishwasher safe (hand wash vessel)
  • This cap is compatible with only Chute Mag bottles only.

 

 

DOUBLE WALL INSULATION

 
 
 
 

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Capacity: 0.6L/20 fl oz
  • Cap Material: BPA-Free Polypropylene
  • Closure: Leak Proof 360 Cap
  • BPA/BPS/BPF FREE:Yes
  • Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 26 cm / 2.8 x 2.8 x 10.2 in
  • Material: 18/8 Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 311 g / 11 oz

What to pack in your Camelbak : w/ Rebecca Rusch

 

Learn what Rebecca brings with her on every ride. Be prepared! What are the deal breakers? Things to keep your body and bike functioning. Links for all of the items below.

REBECCA’S SURVIVAL KIT

  • Camelbak Rogue Pack

BODY FUNCTIONING

  • GU Roctane- Sea Salt Chocolate
  • GU Chews
  • Electrolyte tablets- for cramping, electrolytes and a little ginger to help your stomach
  • Stroopwafel
  • Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight and Waterlight .7 Kit
  • ASSOS Ultra Light Rain Jacket
  • Sea to Summit Sea Ultraist Dry Sack
  • Beyond Coastal Sunscreen Stick

BIKE FUNCTIONING

  • SRAM Rockshox Shock Pump
  • Crankbrothers Sterling S Tire Pump
  • Crankbrothers CO2 inflator & cartridges
  • Maxxis tire tube with correct value stem length
  • Maxxis Tire lever
  • SRAM Eagle Derailleur Hanger (one specific for your bike)
  • SRAM Eagle Powerlock Chain Connector (quick link specific for your chain)
  • SRAM disk brake pads
  • Extra Crankbrothers Bike Cleats (multi-day events)
  • WD-40 Bike chain lube
  • Crankbrothers m19 bike tool with chain breaker
  • Genuine Innovations Tire Rope Plugs for sidewall tear
  • Duct tape
  • Tire boot (or use a GU wrapper)

EXTRAS AND REBA’S SPECIAL TIPS

  • Surgical gloves
  • Shower cap
  • Two zip lock bags (for feet)
  • Thin rain jacket

GOPRO BONUS

Did you catch Rebecca’s dog trouncing around with a HERO5 Session and Fetch Dog Mount? Rebecca’s HERO5 Session is mounted with a Helmet Front and Side Mount.

 

CamelBak Phantom LR 24 – Ski and Snow Pack

@n8greenberg spending his share in the BC backcountry. Photo @ken_etzel

It’s not just the weight of your pack—it’s how you carry it. The Phantom 24 LR™ features a Crux lumbar reservoir that keeps water weight low and close to your back. That means more stability and a smoother ride through changing snow conditions and rough, moguled terrain—all in a pack that offers 3 liters of hydration and an insulated drink tube that won’t freeze in chilly weather.

It’s not just the weight of your pack—it’s how you carry it.

This year, CamelBak has updated the pack with more storage capacity and a new Crux reservoir that delivers 20% more water with every sip. When you’re loading up for a full day on the mountain, the Phantom is designed to easily carry your skis or snowboard, helmet, shovel and goggles (the pack includes a fleece-lined pocket to keep them from getting scratched). There’s also a separate compartment for storing your wet gear, and dedicated gear pockets that keep your avalanche tools organized and accessible. The load-bearing waist belt features extra storage pockets for keeping your essentials close at hand, and the Phantom’s extra-large zipper pulls make it easy to open the pack when your gloves are on.

FEATURES

CamelBak’s @n8greenberg in the winter wonderland of Fairy Meadows. Let’s hope this winter is just as epic. Photo: @ken_etzel #earnyourturns

  • The brand new Crux Reservoir delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for easier refilling, and an on/off lever that makes it easy to prevent leaks.
  • Snowshed Back Panel: Back panel repels snow and keeps it from sticking to your pack
  • Therminator Harness: Drinking tube zips into an insulated sleeve in the shoulder strap to protect your water supply from the elements.
  • A-Frame & Diagonal Ski Carry: External straps give you multiple options for carrying skis
  • Vertical Snowboard Carry: External straps let you carry a snowboard vertically
  • Ski Helmet: Helmet hooks make it easy to carry a ski helmet on the back of your pack
  • Avy Gear Organization: Includes storage compartments designed specifically for avalanche gear
  • Load-bearing hip belt stabilizes your load and features cargo pockets to keep essentials within easy reach
  • Secure zippered pocket keeps your smartphone in easy reach
  • Large zipper tabs are easy to grab while wearing gloves

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Gear Up For Winter with CamelBak

FIGHT THE FREEZE 

GEAR UP FOR WINTER

The new Crux Reservoir takes hydration to your highest peaks

SKI & SNOW HYDRATION PACKS

Our winter hydration packs feature the new Crux reservoir. The Crux delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for painless refilling, and an on/off lever that makes it easy to prevent leaks. Our therminator harness helps protect the reservoir from freezing temperatures so you can hydrate on your rides down the slope.
Stay tuned and subscribe for more details on the winter packs from CamelBak.

CamelBak: Riding Bikes

 

The Lords of Loam

Sometimes you just want the freedom to ride a line without racing the clock. Mark Weir, Marco Osborne and Matt Koen spend a weekend taping and riding fresh trails on a 1,000-acre ranch in NorCal.

CamelBak: Ride, Sleep, Repeat – A day in the life of Dane Petersen

The massive wildfires in CamelBak’s backyard are laying waste to Northern California, our thoughts are with all those affected. CamelBak is using their event equipment and volunteering in the community to ensure evacuee’s have fresh water.

Stay safe!

CamelBak: Ride, Sleep, Repeat – A day in the life of Dane Petersen

Take a mental vacation with us back to happier times in the California with filmmaker Zach Youngberg and mountain biker Dane Petersen. Zach brings us some fast-paced footage of a day in the life of Dane Petersen. Follow Dane as he hits a variety of trails through the Sierra foothills.

 

 

ZACH AND DANE

Filmmaker Zach Youngberg and MTB pro, Dane Petersen have been shooting and riding together for the past four years. Dane picks the zones that he deems perfect for filming, and Zach follows with a camera in tow.  “Dane is super talented on a bike, which makes my job that much easier.” says Zach. They both have busy schedules, but they manage to collaborate once a year to create a compelling video that riders will get excited to watch. Videos always take place on a new trail and in a new area, which keeps things that much more interesting.

After you watch the CamelBak video “Ride, Sleep, Repeat” below, be sure to check out Soil Searching for a taste of how Dane can rip it up on all types of terrain.

Zach tells us, “I’ve been able to see Dane’s riding progress leaps and bounds through my lens. When I was in middle school, Dane was the free rider in our community, and I always saw photos of him throwing x-ups and no handers over big booters that he built. Fast forward to today and here I am working with him. It’s pretty cool to see how much things have changed. I’ve never been too talented on a bike, but I really enjoy the sport as a whole and filming it is my way of tying into the community.”