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Camelbak Motherlode Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 13, 2019

based on 147 reviews

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

Check all the pros and cons here.

92% of the reviewers give the Camelbak Motherlode a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (84%)
Good (8%)
Average (6%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (1%)

Reviews Summary

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

Reviewers like these things about the Camelbak Motherlode

  • According to users, the Camelbak Motherlode is made of 100% Nylon.
  • Users indicated that the bag’s air director back panel provides superior ventilation.
  • Users mentioned that the zippered back panel access makes loading a full reservoir easy.
  • Other users recommend the pack for 1-3 day lite overnights, long day and winter hikes.
  • Reviewers noted that the bag has high-quality construction throughout.
  • They said that the bag is comfortable to use.
  • Other reviewers also found that the bag has lots of interior dividers to organize gear.
  • They also noted that the pack is the perfect size to fit all the things you need for 3-5 days.
  • Users praised its stylish and attractive design.
  • Others said that they recommend the bag to anyone looking for a multi-use pack that is adaptable and well made.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer had issues with the zippers of the bag.
  • A tester said that the hip belt is not removable.


Crowdsourced specs across all Camelbak Motherlode models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight4.5 oz (2 kg)
Length iconLength19 in (48 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height14 in (36 cm)


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The Camelbak Motherlode ranks #18 compared with the other Camelbak bags.

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The Camelbak Motherlode ranks #551 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Camelbak Motherlode vs the Camelbak HAWG.

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Camelbak Motherlode vs Camelbak HAWG

Camelbak Motherlode
Camelbak Motherlode


Based on 147 reviews
Weight: 4.5 oz
Price: $$$

Camelbak HAWG
Camelbak HAWG

Based on 130 reviews

Weight: 2.15 oz
Price: $$

  • The Motherlode is rated a bit worse than the HAWG.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 277 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Motherlode is 109% heavier than the biggest HAWG (4.5 oz vs 2.15 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the HAWG is available in these colors:

Bag ID 34006. Images from Amazon Product Advertising API and shop datafeeds.

Last updated on May 13, 2019