Camelbak Octane 25 for Endurance Mountain Biking and Beyond
Camelbak Octane 25 70oz Hydration Pack (MSRP $145) Part of the SS20 products launched last month, the Octane 25 is Camelbak’s multi-sport pack. It is advertised as a hiking pack, but I have intended to use it for day-long marathon mountain bike rides, as I’ve been using the Osprey Savu Lumbar Pack (MSRP $55) for shorter rides.
The Octane 25 It is a tad more spacious than my older mountain bike pack (RIP Osprey Verve 9) and offers a unisex fit (which was an initial concern of mine, due to my narrow shoulders).
I found the multi-option hydration (comes with a hydration reservoir, but has space in front for bottles) useful, as I sometimes like to carry both water and flavored hydration with me on long rides. The pockets on the straps (intended to carry extra hydration) also worked well for me to stow my eyewear. I was also pleasantly surprised that the adjustable sternum straps stayed securely on my chest, despite the different ways my torso was reflexively twisting and turning.
Camelbak Octane 25 Review
The pack was lightweight, and I appreciated having the large stretch overflow pocket to stash my layers that I kept shedding as the day went on. Finally, the ventilated hip belt with stow pockets (like hiking, good to have my chapstick, small tube of sunscreen and energy gels close at hand).
Other key features: 3D mesh venting for breathability, secure phone pocket, essentials organization pockets, trekking pole attachment, integrated rain cover, tube trap management.
Dr. Of Stoke
Freelance writer, bicyclist, outdoor recreation enthusiast, social justice advocate, and mom to her furbaby, Utah the Adventure Dog.
A Colorado native, Kate considers the outdoors her mother ship. She brings her passion for bicycling, the environment, and issues of diversity to her writing. Her primary outdoor recreation activities are mountain biking, fat biking, snowshoeing, camping, peak bagging Colorado’s 14ers, road cycling, and Nordic skiing. After suffering two major knee injuries within four years, Kate hopes to return to alpine skiing next season.
Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Colorado State University and later an MSEd and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University. In addition to her education, Kate’s background serving on the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and experience working for non-profits and bicycle sales well position her to bring depth and understanding to the complex changes currently taking place in the outdoor recreation industry.
We also heard she has a (slight) obsession for blue heelers.