CamelBak has tapped into the commuting and exploring boom triggered by the pandemic, launching new bags for the metropolis and mountains.
The Mule Commute 22 and Hawg Commute 30 are rolltop cycling backpacks for commuting with weatherproof protection, reflective panels and laptop sleeves.
The whole Mule Evo mountain bike backpack range has been updated and also sees the introduction of the new Mule Evo 12. All of these are said to be storm-proof packs with welded seams to keep foul weather out.
New CamelBak Mule Commute and Hawg Commute commuting backpack specs and details
The Mule Commute and Hawg Commute commuter bags have a waterproof rating of 10,000mm, according to CamelBak, which is equivalent to a waterproof jacket.
Their exterior is made of 330d Cordura nylon and the brand claims this keeps weight down without compromising weather resistance or durability.
Citing evidence that states 70 per cent of cyclists involved in collisions with cars are struck from the side, Camelbak has included reflective material all over the bags.
There are side mesh pockets to fit water bottles or a D-Lock, as well as pockets on the harness that can hold a phone.
Both packs can hold a 3-litre Crux reservoir, which is not included in the price.
The Mule Commute has 22l capacity and costs £120 / $130 / €129.99. The Hawg Commute has 30l capacity and costs £150 / $160 / €164.99. Both bags are available online now.
In addition, Valvano said 2021 saw the brand’s bike, running and bottle product sales rise by 50 per cent.
New CamelBak Mule Evo 12 mountain biking backpack specs and details
At the other end of the spectrum is the adventure-orientated Mule Evo 12, featuring a storm-proof construction.
CamelBak says this is its first welded bag. Valvano explained the bag eschews outer pockets to reduce risk of rain permeating the seams.
The Mule Evo can hold 3l of water and has 9l storage capacity. Internal pockets are divided for essentials such as multi-tools, while you can stash an extra layer in the overflow pocket on the outside of the bag.
The Mule Evo costs £140 / $120 / €140 and is also available now online and in shops.
New CambelBak Fusion bladders and LifeStraw filtration system
The company has also updated its line of trademark water reservoirs, introducing the new Fusion 2L and 3L to the range. These are claimed to be 30 per cent lighter than the Crux, which remains in production. The Fusion 3L is priced at £56 / $55 / €55.