The flagship product of Camelbak’s multi-sport packs, the Camelbak Octane 18X hydration pack was definitely designed with adventure trekking in mind. The Octane is lightweight, but its unique design means that you won’t have to deal with the sloshing and flopping around on the back thanks to its corset style expansion system and adjustable harness.
Compact, well padded and comfortable, with a lot of storage space, this pack is definitely worth considering. It is a versatile pack that can be used for a number of different situations. As with all Camelbak products, you can expect the highest quality design and build, and the Octane 18X is certainly no exception.
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A closer look at the Camelbak Octane 18X
One of the first things you will notice about the Camelbak Octane 18x is its hydration compartment which is not only tucked well out of the way, but the pack’s design means that it is rests flat against the back.
The hydration reservoir has a 100 fl. Oz capacity (about 3 liters) enough to last several hours on the trail. Removing the reservoir from the pack is pretty easy as is refilling it thanks to the large opening provided for this purpose. It has a water saving bite valve which is conveniently positioned on the pack for easier access.
Design and comfort features
The CamelBak Octane 18X Hydration Pack is unisex pack made from polyurethane-coated rip stop nylon. The pack offers a total of 1, 280 cubic inches of storage space from your gear in addition to the 3 litter hydration reservoir.
One of the features that distinguish the CamelBak Octane 18X Hydration Pack from other lightweight packs is the expandable section. When unzipped the front of the back pack exposes an adjustable strap with a clasp that helps keep the additional pocket securely fastened.
The Octane 18X is equipped with a hip-belt which not only improves load stability, but also provides extra storage space in the form of 2 small zippered compartments where you can keep items for quick access.
For comfort, the straps are well padded and easily adjustable to secure the best fit for your body which means that you can carry this pack for those long walks without discomfort. Moreover, it has several elastic bands fed through the pack which when pulled, help bind the pack around the contents tight, decreasing its profile and keeping the contents in position.
The back panel is made of breathable mesh material that allows easy movement of air across your back for better comfort and ventilation.
The pack is as lightweight as they can get with a total weight of just one pound when the water reservoir is fully filled up! Other dimensions include:
Storage volume: 823 – 1098 cubic inches
Reservoir capacity: 3L
Pockets: 2 waist-belt cargo pockets. One small organizer.
In spite of the lightweight materials, the Camelbak Octane 18x is a sturdy and compact backpack that sits well with a full bladder and has just enough storage sections to keep the snacks and electronics segregated from the main load.
The uniquely designed bladder performs a double act by offering additional structural support that helps the pack retain its shape while offering extra cushioning since the internal baffle gives it a significantly less cylindrical shape when filled. The pack is unsuitable or bikers and trail runners looking for 3 liters of hydration and likely to be using more than half of the storage capacity most of the time.
Final thoughts on the Camelbak Octane 18X
The excellent design of the Octane 18X will ensure your bike rides and hikes are made as easy as possible for you. With convenient pockets, and an effective hydration system, you have everything strategically placed. The Camelbak Octane 18X has been really well made, and you can fully expect to get years of heavy usage from this pack.