I got mine in this black with yellow trim colour, although you can get it in red and grey and luminous yellow. Despite it having a similar three litre bladder and 18 litre capacity to my Hawg, the Octane is a totally different backpack. The reason for this could be down to its original purpose for hiking, walking, and trail running. However, bike riders have started to show that this is a great pack for riding and has been given rave reviews in recent bike magazines.
The pack it self is built to the usual high quality standards I'd expect from Camelbak (I'm yet to destroy one). It is a much lighter pack than the similar sized Hawg and also much more floppy. Yes Floppy. I know that might sound odd but when you put the pack on, it just seems to contour to your back so much better. This also means that when riding it
doesn't move on your back, it stays where it is not hitting your helmet but moves and twists with you, which is great. One negative point to this is air doesn't pass down your back easily so can feel quite hot on warm rides. The straps themselves are no longer straight but are curved inwards, which make for a comfortable fit. The usual chest straps and waist straps are there and work well and don't seem to slip from place.