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Camelbak's super-light Charge LR Hydration Pack is designed to stay out of your way while carrying everything you need on short-to-medium-length trail rides.

  • Ultra-light Mesh Independent Suspension ensures a comfortable fit without any excess bulk

  • Bike tool organizer pocket makes trailside repairs as quick as possible

  • Minimalistic design and lightweight materials for streamlined performance

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Great for running and shorter rides

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this pack mainly to use on trail runs. I found myself wanting some hydration on longer runs (more than 6 miles) and it was nice I could throw a light shell and my dogs leash etc. I also used it for shorter mtb rides. The pack rides very well on my back and I am super picky about that. But it stays put, it rides a bit on the high side for me, but that works for running and riding. I mean you aren't going to load this thing up too much so you don't need it to sit on the hips. Overall it is a great pack, very durable and the hip-belt hydration sleeve is pretty slick. I wouldn't recommend this for longer rides, but your run of the mill 10 mile ride in summer conditions, great pack and excellent for running as well.

Ventilation Channels

There are two large ventilation channels that run the vertical length of this pack as it rests against your back. These help to increase airflow. I do definitely still experience moisture when working out really hard, but it is a marked improvement over my 8 year old camelbak without this feature.

Ventilation Channels

Neat but BIG for petites

    I was intrigued by the saddlebag style and horizontal orientation of the water bladder on this pack. I hated the feeling in my old pack of the vertical water bladder bouncing around on my back whenever I hit a drop or roller.

    I love the concept here, and I've used this bag for 2 summers now. My only grief is that the 'one size' really was far too large for me (I'm 5'3 and will definitely go for a women's specific pack when this one needs retiring). I have to ratchet the straps down alllll the way, and could still use more cinching for a perfect fit. I've taken it trail running a few times and it's simply too loose for comfort while running. It's great for biking, but I would need to be able to get it tighter for optimal running performance.

    I really like the internal organization in this pack and it's also easy to strap a jacket or rain layer to the outside if the pack is full. I haven't noticed any issues with durability. I would definitely recommend this to folks who aren't petite, it's a very solid pack.

    The water pouch IS a bit on the small side for all-day EPIC rides, so I always pop an extra water bottle on my bike for huge rides.

    Love this, but not rugged enough

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love this camelback, the lumbar reservoir, the internal storage, the pockets and organizers, but I am a terrible mtbiker and I fall... a lot. And this poor bag has taken the brunt of potential spinal injuries. The material is meant for light-weight use, and would be great on XC or road riding, but for the stupid stuff I do I need something more rugged... So MULE NV here I come...., you rock for taking this back and price matching the Mule!!!

    Perfect mountain biking hydration pack

      I don't have much to compare it to, but I love this pack and wouldn't change anything about it. I have used it 6 or 7 times now and I have zero complaints. The horizontal lumbar bladder is awesome. I never feel my water sloshing around or feel the weight of the water since it rests right on the hips. You don't have to take the bladder out of the pack to fill it up, but it does go in and come out really quickly, unlike some of the other lumbar packs I looked at. There is ample room for tools, tubes, food and extra layers, but it looks and feels very small on your back. The most exterior pocket which is just closed with a clip is nice for stuffing a layer that won't fit in the main compartment into. The waist strap pockets are great for carrying a phone/camera and food.

      For girls, I think the fit is great. The straps are adjustable to probably most body types and chest sizes. I am 5'9", average size and it fits well with room for adjusting.

      I never even notice it's on while I am riding, and that's probably the best part!

      after a lot of research I bought this

        for mountain biking and love it. I considered the octane xct, but that had much less caring capacity for essentials.

        I've got two tubes, pump, multitool, first aid kit, chain links, zip ties, light, and gels, and still have room for more. all of this is in the main compartment using the organizers. the accessible side pockets are unused but can carry my phone, keys, and more food bars easily.

        the pack is super comfortable,I didn't even think about it or feel it on my 1.5 hour maiden voyage today. sits on my hips well, the shoulder pads just hold it up.

        if you're thinking about this pack for trail and mountain riding, buy it!

        Great Daypack Comfort

          I was shown the CamelBak Charge LR Hydration Pack - 427cu in earlier in the year and marveled at the waist belt hydration bladder (which works really well). So, I decided to try one for myself and found it to quite possibly be the best half-full day bike pack out there.

          The new bladder takes pressure off of the back and makes MTB riding a whole lot more comfortable. The just above 400 cu in storage is great for the on trail maintenance necessities, food and a few other things.

          It is not more than a daypack in the minimalist sense though. Trying to use this for a weekend pack will leave you very short on room. Overall, a good everyday choice for those looking for the next level in pack comfort with hydration.