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CamelBak goes enduro with new padded hydration packs

Published August 27, 2014
The CamelBak Kudo.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — CamelBak is chasing the enduro rider with two new packs with padded inserts and other features designed for the race discipline.

The new Kudo packs, first shown at PressCamp this summer, come in two models: one with 18 liters of storage and one with 12 liters. Both have a removable perforated, three-layer foam back pad that meet the European Level 2 motorcycle protection standards for back protectors and are rated for multiple impacts. The pads fit between the rider and the hydration bladder. 

To keep the back pads postioned properly, the packs have a wide, stable hip belt and two sternum straps. "We needed to reallty pin the protection to the rider's spine while also allowing all the flexibility needed to ride, whether climbing or on a technical descent," CamelBak's product director, Jon Austin, told BRAIN on Wednesday at Eurobike.

Besides the back padding, the packs have external straps for holding body armor, and room for open-face or full-face helmets. They also come with a tool wrap that fits in a pocket that is quickly accessible. The larger model will retail for $225 and the smaller for $200.

Besides the new enduro packs, CamelBak is showing Eurobike visitors a slightly redesigned Mule NV pack, with an updated back ventilation system that allows more articulation. The Mule NV also gets a new magnetic tube trap that is a bit more sophisticated than similar magnet tube holders. The tube magnet on CamelBak's design fits into a keyed holder on the shoulder strap, allowing it to release only toward the rider's center to prevent unintentional release. It also pivots so the rider can often reach the bite valve without having to release the magnet.

Topics associated with this article: Eurobike

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