Camelbak HAWG Commute 30L - full of neat ideas and great touches; possibly more bag than you need, though

Really it comes down to whether you are a light and fast traveller or you like to have that extra capacity 'just in case'...

Camelbak HAWG 30L Commuter Backpack
(Image credit: Paul Grele)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

This is really nicely made bag full of great ideas and neat features. It should last a long time too. The harness system is one of the best that I've ever used. I love its comfort and stability especially. The waterproof laptop sleeve and plethora of pockets are really well thought out. Really it comes down to whether you need 30 litres of capacity or whether its smaller sibling (MULE with 22 litres) might suit better. What a choice to make!

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable harness system

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    Good stability when cycling

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    Great selection of pockets

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    Handy strap tidy-aways

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Reasons to avoid
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    Helmet carry was fiddly and didn't suit my helmet strap system

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    Possibly too big?

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Camelbak has designed the HAWG 30 litre backpack to allow you to accommodate everything that you might need in your daily routine or commute. Regardless of whether you travel by bike, on foot, by train, etc. We take a look whether there is a place for this bag in your life.

If you'd like to check out the best cycling backpacks, we've got you covered there. Alternatively, for advice on choosing the best bike for commuting, you can find our advice over here. Otherwise simply read on for our thoughts and experiences of the Camelbak HAWG. 

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Over 40 years cycling in a variety of disciplines including road riding, commuting, a self-supported Land's End to John o' Groats trip, XC mountain biking and several Polaris Challenge two-day events. Adventure, escape and fun are the motivations for my riding. I also love bike and kit design and have fillet brazed a couple of framesets using Reynolds 853 steel tubing for myself. A very satisfying experience to ride your own bespoke bike!

Height: 180cm

Weight: 66kg