CamelBak Octane LR hydration pack review
CamelBak’s all-new LR is their best lightweight pack ever, for a host of innovative reasons. It uses a two-litre transverse (rather than vertical) bladder that wraps around your hips to keep water weight low. Internal bafﬂes stop it getting too fat, or sloshing about when you’re throwing your weight around on the bike.
It has the easy open, quarter turn ﬁller cap of all the new Antidote reservoirs, so no more ﬁghting with the top cap, and the Quick Link drinking hose now unclips leak-free, so you can whip out the bladder for reﬁlling without having to unravel the drinking pipe from straps and bag holes. The hose routing brings it up under your mouth for easy drinking and there are ﬁlter, ﬂow valve and insulated hose upgrades too.
As for the bag itself, it’s made in the usual Octane super-light style, but it still swallows an impressive amount of kit for epic riding/racing. Big Wingnut-style zipped hip pockets are great for gels, bars and other instant-grab gear.
A big, elasticated mesh cargo net on the back will hold tubes, jackets and the like, while mini pumps, wallets and phones slip into a two-layer zipped upper ﬂap. There’s a small pocket on the front left strap too, so you needn’t worry about ﬁghting through one big compartment when you’re in a hurry.
The unpadded back means hard objects can sometimes stick through if you don’t arrange them properly, but it keeps weight very low and means the pack stays close and stable in more mental moments. Wicking fabric across the back, deep wing sections and broad straps also remained remarkably dry and comfortable, even in 110°F desert heat.