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Camelbak MULE Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

4.25
based on 315 reviews


We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 11 reasons to buy the MULE - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


100% of the reviewers give the Camelbak MULE a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (100%)
Good (0%)
Average (0%)
Poor (0%)
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Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the Camelbak MULE

  • Reviewers agree that the Camelbak M.U.L.E. backpack is comfortable when worn.
  • Testers found that its Magnetic Tube Trap secures the tube of the users well.
  • Reviewers found that the pack offers a cool back due to the air channels of the back panel.
  • Other reviewers noted that stashing the rain shell or extra layer is made easy due to its stretchable storage compartment.
  • Other users noted that the bag is durable due to its robust construction.
  • Many users found that it is also relatively easy to clip a helmet due to its external hooks.
  • Users thought that the pack is versatile.
  • They have also mentioned that its ergonomic handle of the water reservoir makes it easy to refill water.
  • According to those who have used the backpack, they thought that its on and off lever helps prevent leaks.
  • Some reviewers noted that its compartment is large enough to fit several essentials and personal belongings.
  • Testers also pointed out that the bag is not heavy or bulky at all.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user thought that the layout of pockets and zippers of the bag needs improvement.
  • Another user felt that the material is relatively thin.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Camelbak MULE models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight1.1 oz (0.5 kg)
Length iconLength19 in (48 cm)
Width10 in (25 cm)
Height2.5 in (6 cm)





Popular Models


Camelbak MULE Nv

52% choose the Camelbak MULE Nv

52 %




Camelbak MULE Military

30% choose the Camelbak MULE Military

30 %




Camelbak MULE Lr

17% choose the Camelbak MULE Lr

17 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Orange
Red






Camelbak MULE nv vs MULE military


The two most popular Camelbak MULE models are the MULE nv and the MULE military, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 82% of the people interested in the Camelbak MULE bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the MULE nv which is choosen by 52% (1.7 times as many as the 30% that choose the MULE military).

MULE nvMULE military
Most popular




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Camelbak MULE features:
  • Sternum strap
  • Reflective
  • Organizer panel
  • Compression straps
  • Helmet carry
  • Raincover included

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Hip belt

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


Rankings


vs Camelbak Bags

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

Top 30% Camelbak bag

16Camelbak Motherlode
4.26
Camelbak Motherlode
17Camelbak Rim Runner
4.26
Camelbak Rim Runner
18Camelbak MULE
4.25
Camelbak MULE
19Camelbak Trailblazer
4.25
Camelbak Trailblazer
20Camelbak Dart
4.24
Camelbak Dart

vs All Bags

The Camelbak MULE ranks #480 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 20% bag

478The North Face Vault
4.25
The North Face Vault
479Camelbak MULE
4.25
Camelbak MULE
480SealLine Baja
4.25
SealLine Baja
481Marmot Urban Hauler
4.25
Marmot Urban Hauler
482Dakine Duel
4.25
Dakine Duel



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Camelbak MULE vs 21 other, similar bags.

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Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Ambush


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Ambush
Camelbak Ambush

3.80

Based on 37 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price:

  • The MULE is rated somewhat better than the Ambush.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 352 reviews of the two bags.

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Blue
Red
Orange

Only the Ambush is available in these colors:
Brown




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Blowfish


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Blowfish
Camelbak Blowfish

4.13

Based on 94 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.3 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated a little bit better than the Blowfish.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 409 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 18% lighter than the biggest Blowfish (1.1 oz vs 1.3 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Orange




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Charge


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Charge
Camelbak Charge

2.90

Based on 15 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.05 oz
Price:

  • The MULE is rated quite a lot better than the Charge.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 330 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 5% heavier than the biggest Charge (1.1 oz vs 1.05 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Red
Orange




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Classic


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Classic
Camelbak Classic

4.15

Based on 925 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0.8 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated a little bit better than the Classic.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,240 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 38% heavier than the biggest Classic (1.1 oz vs 0.8 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Orange




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Cloud Walker


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25

Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Cloud Walker
Camelbak Cloud Walker

4.29
BEST
Based on 462 reviews

Capacity: 16 l
Weight: 1.4 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated about the same as the Cloud Walker.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 777 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 27% lighter than the biggest Cloud Walker (1.1 oz vs 1.4 oz).

FeatureMULECloud Walker
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red
Orange

Only the Cloud Walker is available in these colors:
Green




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Fourteener


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25

Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Fourteener
Camelbak Fourteener

4.51
BEST
Based on 380 reviews

Capacity: 18.5-24 l
Weight: 2.5-2.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated a bit worse than the Fourteener.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 695 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 136% lighter than the biggest Fourteener (1.1 oz vs 2.6 oz).

FeatureMULEFourteener
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap
Sunglasses pocket

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red
Orange

Only the Fourteener is available in these colors:
Grey




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak HAWG


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25

Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak HAWG
Camelbak HAWG

4.54
BEST
Based on 130 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 2.15 oz
Price: $$$

  • The MULE is rated a bit worse than the HAWG.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 445 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 95% lighter than the biggest HAWG (1.1 oz vs 2.15 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red
Orange




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak KUDU


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25

Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak KUDU
Camelbak KUDU

4.40
BEST
Based on 29 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0-2.9 oz
Price: $$

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

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red
Orange

Only the KUDU is available in these colors:
Grey




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Linchpin


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated slightly better than the Linchpin.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 319 reviews of the two bags.

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red
Orange




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Lobo


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25

Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Lobo
Camelbak Lobo

4.57
BEST
Based on 754 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.25-1.4 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated a bit worse than the Lobo.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,069 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 27% lighter than the biggest Lobo (1.1 oz vs 1.4 oz).

FeatureMULELobo
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Orange




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak LUXE


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25

Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak LUXE
Camelbak LUXE

4.40
BEST
Based on 1 review

Capacity:
Weight: 2.2 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated a little bit worse than the LUXE.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 316 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 100% lighter than the biggest LUXE (1.1 oz vs 2.2 oz).

FeatureMULELUXE
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap
Ventilated back panel

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue
Orange

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Black
Red




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Octane


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Octane
Camelbak Octane

3.93

Based on 276 reviews

Capacity: 16 l
Weight: 0.4-1.3 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated a bit better than the Octane.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 591 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 18% lighter than the biggest Octane (1.1 oz vs 1.3 oz).

FeatureMULEOctane
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Orange

Only the Octane is available in these colors:
Yellow




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Rim Runner


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25

Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Rim Runner
Camelbak Rim Runner

4.26
BEST
Based on 404 reviews

Capacity: 19 l
Weight: 1.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated about the same as the Rim Runner.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 719 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 45% lighter than the biggest Rim Runner (1.1 oz vs 1.6 oz).

FeatureMULERim Runner
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Orange

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Rim Runner is available in these colors:
Green




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Rogue


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Rogue
Camelbak Rogue

3.88

Based on 1,308 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0.9 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated slightly better than the Rogue.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,623 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 22% heavier than the biggest Rogue (1.1 oz vs 0.9 oz).

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

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Orange

Only the Rogue is available in these colors:
Green




Camelbak MULE vs Camelbak Skyline


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Skyline
Camelbak Skyline

4.22

Based on 81 reviews

Capacity: 7 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated about the same as the Skyline.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 396 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 91% lighter than the biggest Skyline (1.1 oz vs 2.1 oz).

FeatureMULESkyline
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap
Ultralight

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red
Orange

Only the Skyline is available in these colors:
Yellow




Camelbak MULE vs Dakine Drafter


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Dakine Drafter
Dakine Drafter

4.07

Based on 12 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.3-2.9 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated a little bit better than the Drafter.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 327 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 164% lighter than the biggest Drafter (1.1 oz vs 2.9 oz).

FeatureMULEDrafter
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap
Sunglasses pocket

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Red
Orange




Camelbak MULE vs Dakine Nomad


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Dakine Nomad
Dakine Nomad

3.60

Based on 4 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price: $

  • The MULE is rated somewhat better than the Nomad.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 319 reviews of the two bags.

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Black
Red
Orange




Camelbak MULE vs Fox Oasis


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Fox Oasis
Fox Oasis

4.03

Based on 23 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price: $

  • The MULE is rated a little bit better than the Oasis.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 338 reviews of the two bags.

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Blue
Red
Orange

Only the Oasis is available in these colors:
Green




Camelbak MULE vs Osprey Raptor


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25

Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Raptor
Osprey Raptor

4.36
BEST
Based on 731 reviews

Capacity: 10-14 l
Weight: 1.7-1.9 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated a little bit worse than the Raptor.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,046 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 73% lighter than the biggest Raptor (1.1 oz vs 1.9 oz).

FeatureMULERaptor
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Sunglasses pocket
Tool pouch

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Orange

Only the Raptor is available in these colors:
Green
Grey




Camelbak MULE vs Osprey Syncro


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Syncro
Osprey Syncro

4.21

Based on 1,250 reviews

Capacity: 2-13 l
Weight: 0.9-1.7 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated about the same as the Syncro.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,565 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 55% lighter than the biggest Syncro (1.1 oz vs 1.7 oz).

FeatureMULESyncro
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Orange

Only the Syncro is available in these colors:
Grey
Green




Camelbak MULE vs Osprey Viper


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Viper
Osprey Viper

4.06

Based on 587 reviews

Capacity: 3-13 l
Weight: 0.9-1.3 oz
Price: $$

  • The MULE is rated a little bit better than the Viper.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 902 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest MULE is 18% lighter than the biggest Viper (1.1 oz vs 1.3 oz).

FeatureMULEViper
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Red
Orange

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Blue

Only the Viper is available in these colors:
Green







Selected Reviews


Marathon MTB

But for all day endeavours I’m loving the Camelbak MULE, as the Octane XCT hits it’s storage limit beyond a few gels and a multitool, whereas the MULE can just swallow it up, along with a camera, first aid gear, clothing and real food.

Posted 5 January 2018 by Ed - Read full review

Single Track World

Another good variation of the CamelBak Mule, with an excellent reservoir and a comfortable fit. As a pack for a day’s riding, it works well – but awkward compartment access when the bladder is full holds it back from achieving full marks.

Posted 8 October 2017 by Rob Mitchell - Read full review

Loadout Room

Bottom line is after using one of CamelBak’s products in extreme environments for 10+ years they have earned my respect.

Posted 2 October 2017 by Robert - Read full review

Bike Radar

Camelbak's M.U.L.E. name stands for 'medium to ultra long endeavors' and this pack lives well beyond that name. It's supremely comfortable, uses arguably the best reservoir and valve in the business, and makes organizing a huge amount of gear hassle-free.

Posted 3 March 2017 by Russell Eich - Read full review

Bike Radar

CamelBak’s MULE has always been a safe bet for a big-but-not-too-big pack, and the current model continues the trend. You’ll find a three-litre reservoir and 12.5 litres of cargo space split between an array of pockets.

Posted 28 April 2012 by What Mountain Bike - Read full review

Bike Radar

The classic, standard-setting daypack still delivers hydration and organisation with ef?ciency.

Posted 19 August 2010 by Russ Burton - Read full review

Bike Radar

All the great MULE features but lighter, com?er and cheaper.

Posted 6 November 2009 by Guy Kesteven - Read full review

Bike Radar

It’s a handy size, is well made and has a design that makes it easy to use. A solid performer with top ?uid and load carrying capabilities.

Posted 24 March 2009 by What Mountain Bike - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019