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Camelbak KUDU Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 29 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 10 reasons to buy the KUDU - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Camelbak KUDU:

Reviewers like these things about the Camelbak KUDU

  • 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.


Crowdsourced specs across all Camelbak KUDU models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight0-2.9 oz (0-1.3 kg)
Length iconLength24 in (61 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)

Popular Models

Camelbak KUDU 12

57% choose the Camelbak KUDU 12

57 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight0 oz (0 kg)
Length iconLength24 in (61 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)

Camelbak KUDU 18

43% choose the Camelbak KUDU 18

43 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight2.9 oz (1.3 kg)
Length iconLength24 in (61 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)

Camelbak KUDU 12 vs KUDU 18

The two most popular Camelbak KUDU models are the KUDU 12 and the KUDU 18, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Camelbak KUDU bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the KUDU 12 which is choosen by 57% (1.3 times as many as the 43% that choose the KUDU 18).

Most popular

If we look at dimensions, both the KUDU 12 and the KUDU 18 has the same length (24 in). Both bags are the same width (14 in), while the height is the same (both 4 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black and blue. Only the KUDU 12 is available in red. Only the KUDU 18 is available in grey and orange.

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Camelbak KUDU features:
  • Helmet carry
  • Raincover included
  • Sternum strap

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


vs Camelbak Bags

The Camelbak KUDU ranks #9 compared with the other Camelbak bags.

Top 20% Camelbak bag

7Camelbak Aventura
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9Camelbak KUDU
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11Camelbak Thermobak
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vs All Bags

The Camelbak KUDU ranks #208 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 10% bag

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207Camelbak KUDU
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208The North Face Longhaul
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209Ortlieb Dry Bag
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210Vango Pac
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Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Camelbak KUDU vs the Camelbak MULE.

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Camelbak KUDU vs Camelbak MULE

Camelbak KUDU
Camelbak KUDU

Based on 29 reviews
Weight: 0-2.9 oz
Price: $$

Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE


Based on 315 reviews

Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The KUDU is rated a little bit better than the MULE.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 344 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest KUDU is 164% heavier than the biggest MULE (2.9 oz vs 1.1 oz).

Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the KUDU is available in these colors:

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

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Last updated on July 03, 2019