It's got your back, quite literally.
Realizing that downhill shuttle runs and enduro courses are increasingly technical and dangerous, CamelBak developed the K.U.D.U. Protector 20L Pack with a full-length back protector boasting CE Level II protection. This full-length back protector gives you peace of mind in the event of a nasty crash, seeing it's comprised of six different layers of energy-absorbing foam that's good for multiple crashes. This protective foam is perforated to increase ventilation, so you don't sweat to death on long rides with thousands of feet of climbing.
As the largest pack in the K.U.D.U. Protector series, the 20L version is ideal for the weekend warrior hitting lift-accessed trails, the all-mountain rider doing shuttles multiple times a week, and the enduro racer hauling their own gear across staged races. One of the coolest features with this pack lies in the ability to zip-off the back protector for a low-profile option on shorter rides that don't require lots of gear and water. This zip-off protector has elasticized stretch pockets that'll store the bag's included tool roll and 16-ounce water bottle.
It comes with CamelBak's Crux 3-liter reservoir, which provides plenty of water for longer rides where there's nowhere to refill on water. Besides keeping you protected and hydrated, you'll find ample organization for all your food, tools, and riding accessories with seven total pockets and a front organizer with tool roll inside. Other nifty features include an integrated rain cover, full face helmet and body armor carry, plus load-bearing hip and sternum straps.
- 20L hydration pack for downhill shuttles, enduro racing
- CE Certified Level II back protector disperses crashes
- Protector is ventilated and covers the entire back area
- Zip-off cargo pack with back protector for shorter rides
- 17L gear storage with 7 total pockets for plentiful storage
- Front organizer with tool roll for making trailside repairs
- 3L Crux reservoir included for hydration on longer rides
- Integrated rain cover, full face helmet and armor carry
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This is the first hydration pack I've purchased in about 8 years. It's replacing an old Dakine Nomad which has been an ok bag. I wore this on two rides for a combined 3 hours. Right off the bat, something was poking me in the back. I thought I had a splinter or sticker on my shirt, it was really uncomfortable. At the end of the 2nd ride, I noticed that the mesh back panel edge was sticking out beyond the main seam that runs down the back panel. It was these mesh fibers that were poking me in the back, about a 5" long section on one side. I returned the bag and am hoping that the replacement I get doesn't have this problem. The bag carried a lot better than my Dakine over rough terrain. It doesn't bounce around. It's worth noting that there are two chest straps and a "kidney belt" velcro belt and buckle. The bag feels snug and secure when on. There are enough pockets to keep stuff organized. I like to bring a load of tools and spares on some rides, in addition to lots of food and an additional layer. And water for the dogs. This bag is big enough for everything that I like to carry, without being too big. I can't attest to the heat it may add, since I was riding in temps in the 50s. I almost always wear a bag when riding and I do a lot of backpacking so I don't think that I'm as sensitive to the heat that wearing a bag brings.
I'm the type of guy who scrutinizes nearly every product I buy, reading multiple reviews and going to stores to physically try stuff out before purchasing. Having said that, I still think that this is one of the best bags for my needs.
Since nothing is perfect though, here are my critiques. Manufacturing issue notwithstanding.
4 main negatives are-
1. the chest straps can't be moved down very far, so bigger riders may find that they're too high. I'm 6'1 195 lbs and the M/L fits me well.
2. the hydration tube retention clip seems to be only right side, it can't be moved to the left side. I had my old bag setup so that it was on the left and it will take some getting used to having it on the right.
3. weight- this bag is HEAVY empty, like other reviewers have said. I'd like to think that this is because it's durable.
4. price- this bag is stupid expensive, but not as much as EVOC, which I was tempted to buy.
All in all, this bag is a huge improvement over my old Dakine Nomad, I'm just hoping that my replacement bag doesn't poke me in the back.
***I didn't purchase the bag through CC or BC but thought that this review would be helpful.