CamelBak KUDU 8 backpack review£140.00

Hydration and protection for a day in the saddle

BikeRadar score4.5/5

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.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'10
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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