The CamelBak KUDU 8 has plenty of external storage in the form of a large stash pocket for an open or full-face lid and straps for pads. Not only can you stow your DH gear on the climbs, but there’s an in-built back protector should the worst happen on the way back down.
A handy tool roll is also included, which fits in an elasticated pocket inside. The pack is supplied without a bladder, but £40 gets you one of the best — CamelBak’s 3l Crux reservoir. This slides into the same compartment as the spine guard and is kept separate from the rest of your kit.
Hip pockets are a welcome addition, although only one is zipped. The main compartment has limited storage space, especially with a full bladder and back protector onboard. You can fit in bare necessities like a pump, tube and tools, phone and snacks, and a rain jacket too.
The pack is quite heavy, weighing 1,305g with all the accessories (bladder, back protector and tool roll).
Dual sternum straps and a wide hip belt do an amazing job of keeping the bag in place even on really bumpy terrain and spread the load well too.
It’s worth reiterating just how quickly the storage is swallowed up with a full bladder and the stiff, flat back protector in place though, so if you’re looking to do mega miles in the hills, you may want to look at one of the larger KUDU offerings.