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CamelBak Octane 18X Hydration Pack - 823-1098cu in

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The flagship of Camelbak's multi-sport packs, the Octane 18X Hydration Pack features lightweight materials and enough storage for a full day of your favorite activity. As long as your favorite activity isn't wrestling live tigers; the Octane is not razor-sharp-claw-proof.

  • Organizer pocket keeps your compass and multi-tool close at hand
  • Front and back reflectivity improves safety in dimly-lit conditions
  • Breathable Air Mesh back panel resists overheating
  • Built-in safety whistle lets you alert others in case of emergency

Tech Specs

Claimed Weight:
17.9 oz
Locking Bite Valve:
823 - 1098 cu in
Reservoir Volume:
3 L
1 small organizer, 2 waist-belt cargo
nylon (diamond box ripstop, 70D), taffeta (230D), nylon (420D), DWR, PU coating (1000mm)
Recommended Use:
hiking, adventures
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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  • Gender:Female
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This is a simple, no BS pack. The camel bak storage system is convenient and easy to use. The material is light and durable. The pack is soft with no extra padding, which makes it ideal for warm weather activities. Not bulky at all. I'm 5ft, 115 lbs. The pack fits my frame perfectly. My favorite feature is the incredible expansion this simple pack offers! It holds all my stuff for a day of hiking, including a last minute fleece sweater!

Hiking in Zion

Great all around day pack. Used while hiking in Zion National Park. Super light, quick drying, easy access hip pockets, 3 L of water storage! It features an expansion zipper with a outer mesh pocket for stinky or wet things. I take this back pack everywhere. Perfect carry on.

Hiking in Zion

Great pack! Lots of storage.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Purchased 2 of these for a trip out to Capital Reef to do several hikes. I really like the way this backpack was built. Lots of storage space/compartments. Also a nice large water bottle holder if 3 Liters isn't enough (used it for a large gatorade). This pack DOES have the quiklink connection system, so you can buy the insulated tube or other quiklink ready items. The support on the back felt nice. The water stayed cool throughout the hikes. I really like the easy access mesh pockets attached to the waste buckle. Can't stress the amount of pockets on this thing enough, loved the storage. Also, the materials on this backpack add no weight, very light material. Great for day adventures.


Excellent Minimalist Daypack

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I bought this pack after trying out several similar packs. Most "endurance" packs have too many gimmicks and end up weighing a ton empty. Not this one, it's dramatically lighter than many similarly capacious packs.

Camelbak seems to have targeted the "minimalist" niche with this pack. It is light, spacious and fits close to the back. Yes, this does lead to it being a bit warm, but for mountain biking, having the pack tight and low on your back is key for maintaining maneuverability over technical terrain.

The suspension in this pack is excellent, it holds a heavy load better than most of the beefier packs. I went to a local outfitter to test this pack in comparison to several others. This pack held more beanbags more comfortably than any other similar pack.

The waist-belt pockets are fairly spacious and don't dump their contents immediately if you forget to re-zip them. I like the "phone" pocket on the shoulder strap for holding 2 or 3 gels at the ready, but it's too small to hold a modern smartphone.

The superior Camelbak bladder helps to justify the cost.

The only improvement, I'd suggest is to supply side-load water-bottle pockets.

(Edited to remove specific competitor brand names.)


Descent for the money

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Not much ventilation channels on the back.

It sits almost flat on your back and absorbs your sweat. it could use a couple more pockets or dividers in the main compartment. The waist strap is small, but works ok. The expsansion pocket works great.

Very light for the size. The 100 oz bladder system works well.

I wish it had more back ventilation!

I'll buy something else next time.


Just not good enough.

    What I like is this is a lightweight pack that can open up and expand its capacity to a decent size day pack, possibly overnight depending on your definition of ultra lite. The pack has a lot of adjustment capability. It can also accomodate ice tools and or some trek poles depending on how creative you want to get. I like to go shirtless on the trail most of the time and felt the material on the back side is a little abrasive. the pockets on the hips are nice and easy to access while on the go. The waist-belt is really nice on this pack. I don't like the dainty feel of this waist belt. I like a big thick belt like a pack. The shoulder straps did not work for me either. I could not seem to get the pack to sit right on my shoulders and there was a little too much bounce no matter how I adjusted it. The bladder is easy to access to refill, but I am not big on the bladder designs of Camelbak. I think they can be hard to fill so I really just don't like them. I think I prefer platypus bladders and salomon makes a pretty mean bladder as well. All in all this can get the job done, but left me wanting so much more. I think Camelbak can do better than this one!