Camelbak MULE vs HAWG

Camelbak MULE and HAWG are two hydration packs that you can use to store your gears when in a riding adventure as well as versatile enough for everyday use. They are lightweight and design to be very comfortable even when carrying heavy weights. If you need a new bag to accompany you during your riding, you may want to check our article below.

In this article, we are going to give you information about:
– What are Camelbak MULE and HAWG
– How Comfortable are Camelbak MULE and HAWG
– What Camelbak MULE and HAWG can offer to you
– Camelbak MULE vs HAWG

About Camelbak MULE
For those who are often use or interested in backpacks, Camelbak MULE is not an unfamiliar model. This backpack has been the absolute staple in the camelback range since more than two decades ago. This backpack is not only lightweight for one of the best trail riding set but also suitable for everyday training rides or wilderness style mountain bike races. The company said that this one got everything you need but without the weight and we couldn’t agree more.

Camelbak MULE Design
Camelbak MULE measures at 19 x 10.5 x 2 inches and weigh around 1.4 pounds. This backpack is able to store up water up to 3 liters and enough gears for all day on the trail by staying narrow, light, and not bulky. It also won’t show any shifting around when try with some minor scrambling. To make it comfortable in your shoulder, the straps are wide but people taste may differ and some people may experience that they are too wide for comfort especially when used by women.

You will also find a mall Velcro tabs at the end of the shoulder adjustment straps. To avoid them getting in your way, you can roll the extra part and secure them with the tab. The water reservoir compartment is very secure with zips that open 2/3 of the way and a shelf to hook the water bottle, so it won’t slide down your bag. Read also: 5.11 All Hazards Nitro vs Rush 12 here.

Camelbak MULE Compartments
In Camelbak MULE there are three main zippered compartments, which one of them is the water compartment that we have talked earlier. Since the bottle is removable, you won’t have to stick with 3 Liters and can put any size you like, so you can use the extra space for easily accessible extra gear. The second compartment is the place to put your clothes, bigger items, or real food. The space is wide enough to take your maps or even small stove and aeropress when you do it properly.

The last main compartment is the place to store your side needs. This compartment has internal zipped pocket up high, which is suitable for small spares, such as a derailleur hanger or your Leatherman as well as key or wedding ring clip. On the lower down, there is a mesh pocket with a pump strap included to be used for a mini pump or shock pump or other tools and even when you stuck all of those inside, you will still get extra spaces.

Other than those 3 main compartments, there is a front flap with mesh side that you can use to store more clothing or other gears if packed carefully with two compression straps in each of the side to help keep your things secured.

About Camelbak HAWG
Camelbak HAWG is also a hydration backpack that has been released around 2 years ago. This backpack is suitable for those who want an option to carry enough gears but still want a sleek design and stay simple without attracting too much attention. For starters, it has streamlined design and not only great for day ride but also versatile enough for daily commuting if you prefer backpack. Being the favorite of so many people, you can’t get wrong with this bag.

Camelbak HAWG Design
Camelbak HAWG measures at 17.7 x 13. X 7.9 inches and weigh around 5 pounds. With the size, this backpack is more suitable for people with long torsos or for people who likes longer and sleeker backpack design. The hydration capacity is 3 liters, which is enough for day riding while the storage capacity is 17 liters making all the sum up capacity 20 liters and making it into the large day-pack category.

Camelbak HAWG Compartments
The backpack is designed to follow the curvature of your body with a slightly arched back to follow the conventional pedaling position. The design increased the weight distribution across the back unlike those similar backpack that often center the weight on shoulders or the lumber. You will also get Velcro keepers to secure them and avoid losing your things while using the backpack.

As it has been mentioned earlier, the hydration compartment is able to takes up to 3 liters of liquid. The quick stash compartment has plenty of room with key attachment and big enough to fit your hand up to the wrist. Beside those two compartments, Camelbak HAWG has two main compartments. The first is admin compartment with some organization. The material used for its organization is said not as good because they are thin and flimsy.

This admin compartment also has numerous room in the bottom to keep things like pen, extra batteries, paper or spare key as well as super glue. The second main compartment is as opposite very simple without any organization. This compartment is very big and will takes most of your bigger stuffs to carry.

Now, let’s compare Camelbak MULE with HAWG. Both of their water reservoir capacity is 3 liters but for the overall backpack capacity HAWG is bigger than MULE. Both of them also has two main compartments beside the water reservoir to store your gears and clothes or whatever you needs to carry. From comfort, their straps and design are made to be comfortable even when carrying lots of weight. From the versatility, HAWG has simpler design, so it is also suitable for commuting in town.

Camelbak MULE vs HAWG

- Narrow-gauge design
- Antidote Reservoir features Quick Link System
- Easy open/close cap, lightweight fillport
- Designed to carry helmet
- Hydration capacity: 100 oz/3 L
- Total capacity: 1400 cup in/23 L
- Total weight: 2.75 lbs/1.2 kg
- Torso length: 16.5 in/42 cm

All in all, the decision is all yours. In our opinion when choosing backpack, one of the most important thing is to suit them with your body. Since MULE is smaller than HAWG, it is more suitable for those with narrower body frame and HAWG is better for those with bigger body frame. Both of their compartments also designed to ease your organization, but when comparing both of their main compartments, we do think MULE is simpler in gears organization, so we will highly recommend you Camelbak MULE.