CamelBak introduces new reservoirs, launches two new commuting and two mountain biking backpacks

The hydration and bag company has also revealed a new water filtration system to rehydrate from wild water sources


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.

CamelBak Mule Evo
The Mule Evo has small outer pockets in the harness straps.

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.

CamelBak Mule commute
The commuter backpacks appear to have good visibility without being fluorescent.

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.

Lights can be clipped to a loop on the back, while a loop on the side provides a place to carry your helmet after dismounting your bike.

CamelBak Hawg Commute
A neat way to carry a helmet on the train or into the office.

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.

Recent research from Strava found that 80 per cent of bike rides are commutes. CamelBak product management director Mike Valvano said this informed the brand’s decision to launch town bags.

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

CamelBak Mule Evo
The Mule Evo 12 is designed to keeps things organised and carry water too.

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.