Friday, April 12, 2013

CamelBak: Mini-M.U.L.E.

CamelBak Mini-M.U.L.E. – During spring break our family visited Yosemite National Park in California.  Our kids are at the age where they can hike several miles and can carry their own gear.  For their safety, I wanted to ensure they were properly hydrated and had full use of their hands to brace themselves in case they lost their balance conquering the large granite boulders found on the trails.  

CamelBak packs contain hydration reservoirs to hold your cold liquid of choice and comes in various sizes from 50 oz - 100 oz.  Biting down and sipping from the Big Bite Valve connected to a hose that attaches to the reservoir enables liquid to flow.

I have been using various CamelBak packs since I got into mountain biking 12 years which includes the Classic, M.U.L.E. and Freeride.  The pack I choose to carry depends on how far and what type of adventure I undertake.  I believe in the benefits of having a CamelBak pack so there was no question that the ENTIRE family had to have one, and boy was my daughter's CamelBak mini-M.U.L.E. a godsend! 

Usually, I'm the one carrying everyone's bottled water and snacks during our hikes.  My kids get hungry and thirsty every 10 steps and I have to keep on reaching for what they want out of my pack.  This gets old after awhile, but with both kids having their own CamelBak packs, they took care of themselves whenever they got hungry and thirsty.  There were no complaints of the pack being too heavy or uncomfortable despite the mini-M.U.L.E.'s 1.5 liter capacity along with various snacks stuffed inside.


Over the years, I've seen how CamelBak's products have evolved.  Their new Antidote Reservoir allows a 1/4 turn to easily open and close the cap.  Their patented Big Bite Valve, HydroGuard technology, and PureFlow tube allows for easy fluid dispensing and easy cleaning.  The pack itself has pockets for a phone and bike tool, safety flash loop, and is reflective.  It can also carry important items such as snacks, sunscreen, cash, and keys.

Empty, the CamelBak mini-M.U.L.E. weighs in at a scant 8.5 oz or 240 grams.  The dimensions are 13" height x 6" wide x 4.5" depth.  The back panel is Diamond Mesh and the harness is Kid's Fit Lightweight Mesh, allowing the wearer to stay cool and comfortable.  The fabric is made from heavy duty 210D Nylon & 70D Diamond Clarus with DWR + 1000mm PU allowing for abuse without getting worn out.  If your CamelBak should get worn out, they have a CamelBak Got Your Bak Guarantee for the life of the pack!

Available in three colors - Raspberry Swirl (pictured), Red Chili Flames and Turkish Sea.

Bottom Line – Enjoy outdoor activities with your family safely by keeping them hydrated and free to use their arms by supplying them with a CamelBak pack.  If you ensure the pack has everything they need, you will be amazed how they can take care of themselves.  Visit CamelBak to see all their hydration solutions that fit with your family's activities.

Complimentary product provided to me from CamelBak.  All opinions are my own.

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