Camelbak KUDU 8 Review, Pros and Cons

Camelbak KUDU 8 is rated 4.8 based on 25 reviews


Feature Summary


CamelBak K.U.D.U. 8 Hydration Pack (Black/Laser Orange) w/ Reservoir Cleaning Kit
  • Crux delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for easy refilling and an on/off lever to prevent leaks.
  • Impact protector back panel absorbs over 94% of impact in a crash
  • External attachment points for carrying a helmet and armor
  • Includes a bike tool organizer roll, Dimensions: 49 x 23.5 x 19.5 cm / 19.3 x 9.3 x 7.7 in; Fits torso: 48-53 cm/19-21 in; Fits waist hips: 66-116 cm/26-46 in
  • New click-in Dryer hangs crux reservoirs, ensuring water drains


Reviews Summary


Here’s what the reviewers think about the Camelbak KUDU 8:

Reviewers like these things about the Camelbak KUDU 8

  • Most reviewers love how the Camelbak K.U.D.U. provides lots of storage space for their tools and other riding essentials.
  • Some reviewers praise the large bladder feature, with 3 liters of water capacity.
  • Other reviewers commend the presence of the back protection pad.
  • Some reviewers mentioned that they like the removable feature of the back protecton pad. It provides them a little more room and eliminates a little weight for those trips where it is not necessary.
  • A reviewer said that she was looking for a pack with just a little more room to supplement her bike packing frame bags and this bag worked perfect.
  • Some reviewers liked how they can set the chest strap height for better comfort.
  • Most reviewers were impressed with how the pack fits perfectly.
  • A lot of users agree that it is comfortable to carry on the back.
  • Most users praised the addition of rain cover and the how the straps fit perfectly.
  • A user loved the fact that the pack was built for tall gents and ladies.

Reviewers don’t like these things

  • A reviewer thought that it is almost too big for just short rides.
  • Some users noted that the bag is a bit heavy due to the spine protection.

Selected Reviews


Single Track World

The Camelbak KUDU breaks this trend and is hands down the most comfortable and stable cycling pack I’ve ever used – back protector or not. It also features some incredibly well-thought-out storage, and the fact that you can remove the bulk of the pack and go for a quick spin but still take the essentials with you, is the icing on the cake.

Posted 4 December 2017 by James Vincent – Read full review


Bike Radar

It’s worth reiterating just how quickly the storage is swallowed up with a full bladder and the stiff, flat back protector in place though, so if you’re looking to do mega miles in the hills, you may want to look at one of the larger KUDU offerings.

Posted 16 October 2017 by Alex Evans – Read full review


Single Track World

The KUDU 8 is a well-fitting backpack that happens to have excellent back protection in it too. Because the KUDU 8 is lighter and slimmer though, it’s even less noticeable to wear while riding. The only real limitation of the KUDU 8 is its storage space, so bear in mind how much gear you’ll need to carry and whether you’ll have to upsize to the KUDU 12 or KUDU 18.

Posted 19 October 2016 by Wil Barrett – Read full review


Bike Radar

Excellent detailing and construction, though protection comes with a slight comfort penalty. It’s a bombproof and versatile bag with or without it though and the extra cost could prove a priceless anti-impact investment.

Posted 28 February 2016 by Seb Stott – Read full review


Enduro MTB

At 159 € and 1210g, you are paying for the outstanding Camelbak build quality and back protector. The Kudu is good-looking and well-thought out piece of kit. It works as intended and the Level 2 back protecter is reassuring. Storage, organisation and comfort is good but not the best, especially if you live in a hot climate. If your riding involves long distances and extra gear, the 18L model is probably a better option.

Posted 24 December 2014 by Tyler Malcomson – Read full review


Enduro MTB

The Kudu is good-looking and well-thought out piece of kit. It works as intended and the Level 2 back protecter is reassuring. Storage, organisation and comfort is good but not the best, especially if you live in a hot climate. If your riding involves long distances and extra gear, the 18L model is probably a better option.

Posted 24 December 2014 by Tyler Malcomson – Read full review



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