80 mile road rides, epic mountain bike rides, a Swiss Army knife that folds into a camel’s back. The Camelbak Octane 18x is a great bag. You’ll make some sacrifices on the long day trips for a lighter bag, but overall this is a great water hauling bag.
How the Camelbak Octane 18x Fits
To save some weight they take the structure and extra padding from the pack. The bag can be rolled up and the shoulder straps are thin. With tons of weight this would make the pack pretty uncomfortable but with clothes and water it was great. I never used it to haul down hill gear on my back! As a woman I normally have issues with the chest strap being too high on my neck, or stuck across my boobs. This one had enough room to move up and down without hindering.
Uses of the Octane 18x
Expandable, from 16L of room to 20L when unzipped. This holds a good amount, more than the bag could probably support on your back comfortably. I stuffed it with clothes, shoes and food one day. Due to not having tons of back support it is easily conformed and the bag’s light weight material ended up looked like a sack of potatoes. I loved the waist pockets with key clip and the zipped up minimal sizing. I used this bag on the road since it was so light, on hike a bikes, and simple rides around town. As long as the bag isn’t loaded down it is pretty ventilated. It doesn’t have any fancy mechanics to keep it off your back, so you do get sweaty, but the bag isn’t heavy so it isn’t horrible during my southern humid commutes.
Final Thoughts and Review of the Octane 18x
When I was approached my Camelbak to review some of their product I had things in mind. I’ve used many “all day” packs. Ones that carry your life on your back comfortably. I wanted something for cross country riding and possibly using on longer road rides. Weight and ability to still haul was what I needed.
The Camelbak Octane 18x answered all my wants. While it isn’t going to be perfect for everyone, it fits what I was looking for and that is rare in my life.
The CamelBak Octane 18X weighs in at just a pound and with 18L of fully expanded cargo capacity, this pack is perfect for 3+ hours of nonstop action. The Octane 18X features an independent suspension, easy to reach stash pockets, a harness pocket and an expandable cargo pocket so you can comfortably carry everything you need which moving fast. Great for extended trail runs or adventure races. The CamelBak Octane 18X also includes the new 100 oz. Antidote reservoir which has a quick-snap cap that tightens in a quarter turn and a quick-disconnect tube system.
Video Preview from Camelbak of the Octane 18x
Initial Thoughts and Feelings
I try to use water bottles as much as possible. Too much weight on my back can kill me on hard and fast rides. When I venture further away from the car or house, I need to carry things. If it is to be more of a boy scout with things to fix trail side or more water and food for longer rides. In the past I have used bags from Camelbak (the Lobo), Deuter, Osprey Packs and more . Several of these will have final reviews posted in the coming months as well! I have always wanted something lighter, and Camelbak seems to have delivered that.
The material of the bag reminds me of a parachute. The zipper in the center helps keep things nice and tight when I don’t have a jacket or extra clothes in the bag. My only concern is the lack of support on the bag. It literally can be rolled up (without the reservoir) and put in a large jersey pocket.
Full review after Sea Otter
I will be taking the Octane 18x with me to Sea Otter and will be able to provide a full review after I abuse it a bit more in the heat and sand!