Camelbak Ultra 10 ReviewFebruary 28, 2016
- Gear capacity
- Hydration bladder, hose, and valve
- Pack construction
- Back panel ventilation
- Bulky materials
- Non body-conforming
- Tiny phone pocket
The Camelbak Ultra 10 is designed for ultra runners with Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) aspirations, but It’s a bulkier and heavier than its peers. The bladder system is as good as or better than we have come to expect from Camelbak, including hose tracking within the shoulder strap all the way to the chest.
The Camelback Ultra 10 is bulky and rigid, making it less comfortable of an option for the long haul. At first glance it looks like it would be a mountain bike pack as it is quite stiff. The pack is not necessarily uncomfortable to wear, it’s just not super plush like other high-end packs in its class when going long hours.
STABILITY IN MOTION
There is good motion control, with several front chest straps, side straps, and elastic rear cords. The system isn’t body-conforming, which somewhat limits stability under extreme conditions.
This is a heavier pack, coming in at over a pound without the bladder. With the weight does come a level of robustness that can handle the elements or abuse against rocks and thorns.
QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION
The construction and materials used are above average within this class. The buckles, seams, and zippers are solid, as well as the placement of smaller features, such as gel pouches and hydration hose draws.
The CamelBak Ultra 10 is ideal for multisport as it’s well made, solid, and comfortable. The weight and bulk of the pack limits its specificity for ultra-long distance running use.
Adam Stepanovic- Faculty
Adam Stepanovic has become an expert on running packs from not wanting to wear them at all during his numerous 100-milers and FKT attempts on the country’s most famous long distance trails.