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Camelbak MULE 15 LR backpack Review

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We checked 109 reviews from experts and users. Based on all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.4 out of 5.

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What you need to know

The MULE 15 LR is a backpack with a capacity of 732 cu in (12 litres). This makes the backpack small, but big enough for most people's everyday commuting.

Camelbak MULE 15 LR the backpack scored 4.4 stars out of 5 in our analysis. This means that the backpack got a great rating that makes it a great choice.

Our analysis is based on more than 100 reviews, so it should give you an excellent idea about what the reviewers think of MULE 15 LR.

The height of MULE 15 LR is 18.5 in, width 10.2 in and depth 9.8 in. A standard A5 folder is 8.5 x 6 in, so only such a small folder can fit in the bag. There isn't room for a standard A4 folder.

the backpack weighs 1.8 lbs. The weight/capacity score is 15 which is quite bad. So compared with other backpacks, Camelbak MULE 15 LR have very little room considering the weight of the bag.

the backpack is made of 210 d oxford nylon (synthetic fibre).

Bag specifications

Manufacturer: Camelbak
Model: MULE 15 LR

Capacity: 732 cu in (12 litres)
Weight: 1.8 lbs
Weight/capacity score: 15
Height: 18.5 in
Width: 10.2 in
Depth: 9.8 in


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MULE 15 LR ranks #30 of all the reviewed Camelbak bags.

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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 MULE 15 LR got an average design rating of 4 out of 5.

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 4! 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.

Pros and cons

Here's what the reviewers think about the Camelbak MULE 15 LR bag:

Reviewers like these things about the Camelbak MULE 15 LR

  • 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.

Selected reviews

Marathon MTB
Posted 5 January 2018
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.
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Single Track World
Rob Mitchell
Posted 8 October 2017
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.
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Loadout Room
Posted 2 October 2017
Bottom line is after using one of CamelBak’s products in extreme environments for 10+ years they have earned my respect.
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Bike Radar
Russell Eich
Posted 3 March 2017
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.
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What Mountain Bike
Posted 28 April 2012
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.
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Bike Radar
Russ Burton
Posted 19 August 2010
The classic, standard-setting daypack still delivers hydration and organisation with ef?ciency.
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Bike Radar
Guy Kesteven
Posted 6 November 2009
All the great MULE features but lighter, com?er and cheaper.
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What Mountain Bike
Posted 24 March 2009
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.
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Last updated on August 14, 2018