I virtually all the time journey with a pack, although I additionally normally carry my H2O in bottles on my body. I wish to carry instruments, spare garments, meals, first help, and a lot of the 12 months a lightweight. Typically on solo rides I even carry a e-book. Sure, that was me sitting on Zoe’s bench studying Catherynne Valente. No, it wasn’t the strangest factor that is ever occurred on Mt. Fromme. I really like the match of Camelbak’s Chase bike vests and advocate them commonly to of us preferring a pack however have by no means discovered the best match with a standard backpack or a hip pack. I feel vestpacks are superior. My absolute favorite characteristic of the Chase lineup are the built-in cellphone pockets on the left-side shoulder strap. It is sensible how I each by no means discover my cellphone being there and the way it’s in an ultra-accessible spot if I actually eat shit on a solo journey.
I want the above was the opening to introduce you to the brilliance of Camelbak’s new M.U.L.E. EVO weatherproof pack. I’ve an superior historical past with Camelbak merchandise going again to my first brown M.U.L.E. pack in 1997. I’ve offered so many M.U.L.E. and M.U.L.E. NV packs at retailers I’ve labored at that I would not hazard a guess. The M.U.L.E. LR15 I reviewed in 2017 the place my one marvel was, “I do not perceive why Camelbak does not do a premium M.U.L.E. H20 mannequin with waterproof materials and zipper and seam sealing.” As an alternative, I’ve spent over two months avoiding scripting this piece. I went from being stoked on the thought of a magical combination of the weatherproofing of my Acre Hauser, the match of my Chase Protector, and the characteristic mixture of a M.U.L.E. to wanting nothing to do with this pack simply in opening the field. The f***ing cellphone pocket is see-through mesh‽
If something, give me a non-weatherproof M.U.L.E. vestpack however with a weatherproof cellphone pocket. Why even have this pocket on the shoulder strap of a weatherproof pack if it is not going to be weatherproof as effectively? Why do the oldsters at Camelbak assume individuals purchase weatherproof merchandise?