A joy to use and to wear
Camelbak Skyline LR 10 has a 3L bladder and 7L of storage capacity and is the perfect size for trail riders who don’t need to carry everything with them.
After testing the Skyline LR about a year ago, Camelbak has redesigned it and gone for a more minimalist look. The new version more closely resembles a bum bag, with two huge centre pockets and two massive extended wings with zipped side pockets. It’s quite easy to reach into these side pockets and get stuff out, even on the move, and they are vast, but we’d like to see a bit more organisation in the main cavity – maybe for those big-ticket items like a shock pump and mini-pump. The secondary pocket on the front has a single pouch, designed for the (included) tool roll. This has a good range of pockets and inserts for spares, but getting it back into the pouch fully loaded can be a bit of a squeeze. Apparently, this pack has an attachment for a helmet and armour, but we couldn’t see any on our sample.
The best thing about the Skyline LR, and Camelbaks in general, is the reservoir. The one here is the new three-litre Crux lumbar reservoir with Quicklink hose. It’s wider and lower than the regular design and wraps partially round your waist. It also has a handle, so you can hold it up to the tap for filling, and there’s a magnetic Tube Trap, which is a quick-release attachment for the hose, and a nice cam-style on/off lever. The quick-flow bite valve hasn’t changed and will eventually tear if you yank it off when cleaning.
Even though the shoulder straps are flimsy, this pack is really stable because it sits so low on the hips. Most of the weight is supported by the new Dual Wing belt, and having it so low means this is perfect for steep, technical riding. An excellent pack but the lack of internal organisation just drops it a point.