Camelbak Octane 8+ (09) review
The Octane’s single big main pocket has an expansion zip down the back panel so you can run it thin for short rides or full bore to swallow spare layers, pads and coats.
The mesh sleeve is ideal for pumps and tubes, there’s a key pocket on the back and easy-reach hip belt pockets take energy bars and multi tools.
The CamelBak two-litre bladder and lockable bite valve are in a class of their own for drip-free flow and we’ve beaten the crap out of the Octane for several months without signs of wear. The price has dropped £10 this year too, adding to already excellent value.