CamelBak Baja LR hydration pack review

Instant-access water waistcoat

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £100.00 RRP | USD $120.00

Our review

A stable, instant-access water waistcoat for forward thinkers
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The Baja LR isn’t one of CamelBak’s mountain bike packs. Instead, it was designed for Stand Up Paddling, the kayaking-meets-surfing craze taking California by (presumably wobbly) storm. SUP demands a close-fitting, lightweight and weatherproof pack where instant access to essential gear is crucial. Pretty similar to fast, keep-the-flow, technical trail rides then…


The two big chest pockets are useful for items such as gels, bars, Buffs, phones and multi-tools. Big hip pockets store more gear under Velcro-closed flaps. There’s even a splashproof Neoprene stash at the back. The mesh back is great for inner tubes, a stashed jacket or extra bladder, while two tunnel pockets turn out to be perfect for pump storage. You never know when the safety whistle might come in handy and you’ll probably even find a bike-related use for the elasticated paddle loop, too. A stash of quick-release pastries, perhaps.

The baffled 2-litre lumbar reservoir keeps water weight low down, while the upwardly-routed drinks pipe is perfect for instant sipping and CamelBak’s lockable bite valve is still the best in the business by far. The sliding-buckle elastic sternum straps keep it body hugging on the steepest descents and drops, when most packs would be flopping around or trying to escape over your lid. The downside is the sweaty Neoprene belt and back panels, but there’s an almost identical Ultra LR pack for runners that’s all breathable fabric. 

CamelBak baja lr:
Russell Burton

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

Product Specifications


Name Baja LR (12)
Brand CamelBak

Features *Reservoir Features: Antidote Lumbar Reservoir with Quick Link™ System, 1/4 turn - easy open/close cap, lightweight fillport, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, PureFlow™ tube, easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening. *BACK PANEL: Open mesh Air Channel *HARNESS: Custom fit hook-and-loop adjust with cargo pockets and dual Slider™ SternumStraps *BELT: Side cinch 1.5 in (38 mm) with cargo pockets *Additional Features: Paddle holster, safety whistle, water-friendly materials, quick stash overflow storage