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Camelbak HAWG backpack Review

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Camelbak HAWG
We checked 21 reviews from experts and users. Based on all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.6 out of 5.

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What you need to know

Camelbak HAWG the backpack scored 4.6 stars out of 5 in our analysis. the backpack therefore got a fantastic rating that is better than almost all other backpacks.

Our analysis is based on a set of 21 reviews reviews, so it should give you a good idea about what the many reviewers think of HAWG.

Bag specifications

Manufacturer: Camelbak
Model: HAWG

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Design review

Our panel reviewed the bags based on anonymized photos. Thereby, they could comment on the designs without being influenced by the brands. Camelbak HAWG got an average design rating of 4 out of 10.

Camelbak didn't get the design perfect with this bag. The score of 4 is only average compared with the hundreds of other bags we have reviewed.

All the design ratings were exactly 8! This tells us that the reviewers have quite similar opinions about the design. The reviewers generally liked the design and would consider this buying this bag.

Price of the backpack

The price of Camelbak HAWG is very average when compared with other backpacks. Even when you consider the capacity of the backpack, the price is just 10% different from the price of the average backpacks.

You can therefore find backpacks that are both cheaper and more expensive than HAWG.

Pros and cons

Here's what the reviewers think about the Camelbak HAWG bag:

Reviewers like these things about the Camelbak HAWG

  • A lot of users have mentioned that Camelbak HAWG redefines the ultimate delivery system for an Operator's water supply.
  • They also noticed that it provides maximum adaptability for changing missions or combat environments.
  • Others thought that the size is perfect to carry all necessities.
  • Reviewers praised its quick link exit port.
  • Several users noted that the water inside the bladder stays cold for hours.
  • According to some users, the bag is really comfortable to carry.
  • A reviewer mentioned that its waist and chest straps are removable.
  • Testers noted that the bag has enough compartments to organize things.
  • Many wrote that all the zippers of the bag function well.
  • They also said that the bag is durable due to the materials used.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that the waist strap does not function well.
  • Another user had issues with the shoulder straps of the bag.

Selected reviews

Marathon MTB
Posted 7 February 2018
After 6 months or so I’m very content and have found a great companion for epic rides.
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Single Track World
Rachel Sokal
Posted 25 April 2017
Brilliant pack for its stability and weight distribution, the less-than-compliant buckles are its Achilles’ heel. If you need to carry a lotta gear for a single or multi-day riding trip, the H.A.W.G LR 20 is a very comfortable way to do it.
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Ultimate Survival Gear
Posted 9 March 2016
The final word on this bag? Highly recommended is all we can say!
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Ontario Geardo
Mike C
Posted 1 November 2014
I’ve beat the crap out of this bag and I bet if I threw it in the washer, it would come out looking next to new. The HAWG has proven itself over time to be the pack that I can bring anywhere, and do whatever I want to do without worrying about it failing. I’m actually fairly convinced that I’ll be using this pack for many more years to come.
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Bike Radar
Justin Loretz
Posted 11 May 2010
The HAWG NV is the slightly cheaper sibling of the HAWG Deluxe, and boasts a narrow back footprint while still offering a full usable 18-litre cargo capacity – enough to swallow everything and more for a big day out.
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Bike Radar
Justin Loretz
Posted 3 May 2010
Undoubtedly the best CamelBak that we’ve used in ages. As good as recent packs from CamelBak have been, there have been rumbles from some riders that the new NVIS system and heavier duty materials have made bags stronger, but at the expense of weight and load flexibility.
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Camelbak HAWG vs other bags

Camelbak HAWG ranks #14 of all the reviewed Camelbak bags.

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Camelbak Solstice - 4.8
Camelbak Aventura 22 - 4.8
Camelbak Caper 14 - 4.8

Bag number C1103/31702

Last updated on August 13, 2018