Camelbak Octane 8+ (09) review£69.99

Simple and versatile hydration pack

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Octane’s single big main pocket has an expansion zip down the back panel so you can run it thin for short rides or full bore to swallow spare layers, pads and coats.

The mesh sleeve is ideal for pumps and tubes, there’s a key pocket on the back and easy-reach hip belt pockets take energy bars and multi tools.

The CamelBak two-litre bladder and lockable bite valve are in a class of their own for drip-free flow and we’ve beaten the crap out of the Octane for several months without signs of wear. The price has dropped £10 this year too, adding to already excellent value.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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