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Camelbak Octane Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

3.93
based on 276 reviews


We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 8 reasons to buy the Octane - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


88% of the reviewers give the Camelbak Octane a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (74%)
Good (14%)
Average (5%)
Poor (2%)
Bad (3%)



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Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the Camelbak Octane

  • Reviewers found out that the Camelbak Octane's Crux delivers more water per sip.
  • Users thought that its reflectivity for early morning or evening runs is helpful.
  • Reviewers indicated that it has an ergonomic handle for easy refilling and an on/off lever to prevent leaks.
  • Others noted that the bag was made with ultralight materials.
  • Testers said that it has front-facing pockets on a harness for easy fuel and gear storage.
  • Other users thought that the tube trap holds their bite valve in place between sips.
  • Many reviewers found that it features leak-proof on/off valves.
  • According to some reviewers, the cap is redesigned for easier refilling and seals shut in just a few twists.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer had issues with the size of the bag.
  • Another reviewer mentioned that the bladder is challenging to fill.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Camelbak Octane models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity16 l (976 cuin)
Weight iconWeight0.4-1.3 oz (0.2-0.6 kg)
Length iconLength12-18 in (30-46 cm)
Width7-12 in (18-30 cm)
Height2-10 in (5-25 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Sport
Hiking
Cycling
Travel
School
Backpacking



Popular Models


Camelbak Octane 18X

44% choose the Camelbak Octane 18X

44 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Red
Yellow


Specs
Weight iconWeight1.1 oz (0.5 kg)
Length iconLength18 in (46 cm)
Width10 in (25 cm)
Height8 in (20 cm)


Camelbak Octane Xct

33% choose the Camelbak Octane Xct

33 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Red
Yellow


Specs
Weight iconWeight0.7 oz (0.3 kg)
Length iconLength17 in (43 cm)
Width7 in (18 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)


Camelbak Octane Dart

22% choose the Camelbak Octane Dart

22 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue


Specs
Weight iconWeight0.4 oz (0.2 kg)
Length iconLength12 in (30 cm)
Width9 in (23 cm)
Height5 in (13 cm)




Camelbak Octane 18x vs Octane xct


The two most popular Camelbak Octane models are the Octane 18x and the Octane xct, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 77% of the people interested in the Camelbak Octane bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Octane 18x which is choosen by 44% (1.3 times as many as the 33% that choose the Octane xct).

Octane 18xOctane xct
Most popular

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Octane 18x is 0.4 kg (14.1 oz) higher than the weight of the Octane xct.

Octane 18xOctane xct
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, both the Octane 18x and the Octane xct has the same length (18 in). Both bags are the same width (10 in), while the height is the same (both 8 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black, blue, red and yellow.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Camelbak Octane features:
  • Reflective
  • Sternum strap

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Hydration bladder
  • Carry-on size
  • Hydration compatible

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


Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
16x16 l1 oz0.06 oz/L



Rankings


vs Camelbak Bags

The Camelbak Octane ranks #36 compared with the other Camelbak bags.

34Camelbak Sundowner
4.05
Camelbak Sundowner
35Camelbak Scorpion
3.95
Camelbak Scorpion
36Camelbak Octane
3.93
Camelbak Octane
37Camelbak Charm
3.90
Camelbak Charm
38Camelbak Rogue
3.88
Camelbak Rogue

vs All Bags

The Camelbak Octane ranks #1461 compared with all the bags we have checked.

1459Trunki Paddlepak
3.93
Trunki Paddlepak
1460Camelbak Octane
3.93
Camelbak Octane
1461Kelty Tour
3.93
Kelty Tour
1462Timbuk2 Ace
3.93
Timbuk2 Ace
1463Chrome Soma
3.93
Chrome Soma



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Camelbak Octane vs 4 other, similar bags.

Many sources mention this feature
Some sources mention this feature


Camelbak Octane vs Camelbak Charge


Camelbak Octane
Camelbak Octane

3.93
BEST
Based on 276 reviews
Capacity: 16 l
Weight: 0.4-1.3 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Charge
Camelbak Charge

2.90

Based on 15 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.05 oz
Price:

  • The Octane is rated a lot better than the Charge.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 291 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Octane is 24% heavier than the biggest Charge (1.3 oz vs 1.05 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue

Only the Octane is available in these colors:
Yellow
Red




Camelbak Octane vs Camelbak MULE


Camelbak Octane
Camelbak Octane

3.93

Based on 276 reviews
Capacity: 16 l
Weight: 0.4-1.3 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 315 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$

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

FeatureOctaneMULE
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 Octane is available in these colors:
Yellow

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Orange

These hydration packs are perfect for the athlete who wants to bring their all to every outdoors event. They both come equipped with hydration and ventilation systems in order to make your active time much more enjoyable. The Mule is perfect for those who don't want to break a sweat while their outside doing their favorite sport.

You'll be kept cool without carrying too much heavy equipment around. The Octane is designed for those seeking out all the extra features they can muster. It isn't ideal for fast paced activity but it's perfect for someone going on a hike. Buy it if you don't mind moving around some extra weight.


Camelbak Octane vs Camelbak Rogue


Camelbak Octane
Camelbak Octane

3.93
BEST
Based on 276 reviews
Capacity: 16 l
Weight: 0.4-1.3 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Rogue
Camelbak Rogue

3.88

Based on 1,308 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0.9 oz
Price: $$

  • The Octane is rated a little bit better than the Rogue.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,584 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Octane is 44% heavier than the biggest Rogue (1.3 oz vs 0.9 oz).

FeatureOctaneRogue
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Reflective
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red

Only the Octane is available in these colors:
Yellow

Only the Rogue is available in these colors:
Green




Camelbak Octane vs Camelbak Scout


Camelbak Octane
Camelbak Octane

3.93

Based on 276 reviews
Capacity: 16 l
Weight: 0.4-1.3 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak Scout
Camelbak Scout

4.19
BEST
Based on 202 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.05 oz
Price: $$

  • The Octane is rated a bit worse than the Scout.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 478 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Octane is 24% heavier than the biggest Scout (1.3 oz vs 1.05 oz).

FeatureOctaneScout
Carry-on size
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue
Red

Only the Octane is available in these colors:
Black
Yellow

Only the Scout is available in these colors:
Purple







Selected Reviews


Bike Radar

The unpadded back means hard objects can sometimes stick through if you don’t arrange them properly, but it keeps weight very low and means the pack stays close and stable in more mental moments. Wicking fabric across the back, deep wing sections and broad straps also remained remarkably dry and comfortable, even in 110F desert heat.

Posted 30 November 2010 by Guy Kesteven - Read full review

Utah Outside

Overall, I’d say the Camelbak Octane LR may be a game-changer for anyone into mountain biking, trail running and adventure racing. I’d even be interested to see how the pack would work for skiing and snowboarding at resorts.

Posted 15 October 2010 by Jared Hargrave - Read full review

Bike Radar

This is a lightweight, high-comfort winner that combines excellent design with a high-quality bladder.

Posted 27 September 2010 by Russ Burton - Read full review

Bike Radar

Great value lightweight essentials-and-water pack, but high ?t won’t suit all. The only potential downside is that it needs to ride high and tight to stop it flopping all over the place, so if you’re into a loose and low bag fit, it’s not for you.

Posted 7 August 2009 by Guy Kesteven - Read full review

Bike Radar

The Octane’s single big main pocket has an expansion zip down the back panel so you can run it thin for short rides or full bore to swallow spare layers, pads and coats.

Posted 17 May 2009 by Guy Kesteven - Read full review

Bike Radar

This medium-sized hydration backpack from the original drinking system company has useful expandable capacity and external pockets, and is rock-solid stable. Detail fans might like a bit more help with organisation and it could do with a bigger bladder as standard.

Posted 1 January 2008 by John Stevenson - Read full review

Bike Radar

A light duty Camelbak that has all the functionality of its sturdier siblings but a fraction of the weight.

Posted 1 January 2007 by Matt Skinner - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019