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First Look: All-New 2017 Camelbak Urban Assault Pack

The Camelbak Urban Assault has been one of my favorite EDC packs ever since I reviewed it back in 2012.  Now the company has released a follow-up.  


All-New Camelbak Urban Assault for 2017

All-New Camelbak Urban Assault for 2017


The All-New 2017 Camelbak Urban Assault is slightly larger than it’s predecessor and features an internal wire frame and ergonomically shaped back panel that is designed to comfortably handle heavier loads.  Some complained about the original pack’s straps and Camelbak has responded by making them wider.  


The original CUA offered excellent electronic gear protection and it looks like Camelbak kept that in the current design.  They’ve also added a hi-vis interior (which reminds me of the colors used by Spec Ops) to make locating kit inside the pack easier in low light conditions.




The Urban Assault also excelled in external storage and this pack has those features as well.  One side has a zippered pouch and a hidden pocket in the back panel.  




The other has a water bottle pocket.




There’s also a transporter tail-like stuff pocket and another small horizontal zippered pocket on the front panel.  Like the original pack, lots of organization inside and out without the need for accessories that will jack up the cost.

Camelbak has offered to send over a sample so I can take a closer look.  Stay tuned for a full review.  Coming soon! 

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9 Responses so far.

  1. Tree says:

    Wow! I like the looks of that pack! Can’t wait to see a review and a price point.

  2. Jason says:

    Looks fantastic but I’m bummed its even bigger than the previous iteration. I had been hoping for some time that they would come out with a new version…but SMALLER. Over 25L for an office EDC (which is how I would use it), is just too big. Too bad, because this aesthetic with an ergonomic back panel/wire frame would have been an epic EDC pack. Possibly THE pack.

    • Blaine B. says:

      Some people prefer smaller packs for EDC and some (like myself) prefer them to be a little larger (especially during the winter). I do agree it would be great if Camelbak released a smaller version of the CUA like Vertx did with the Gamut and the Ready Pack. They do have the Quantico and the Coronado but both of those packs have traditional external MOLLE webbing and aren’t as “gray man” as the CUA.

    • Luke D Falk says:

      I just picked up one of these from the PX to replace an Urban Assault XL that I’ve been using for the last 5 years. The tag on the bag said that it is a 20L bag. I can still fit everything that I usually carry in the bag, but I won’t be able to carry the large lunch box that I sometimes use, it’ll have to be outside the bag.
      Holding it next to the first generation Urban Assault that my son has been using, the new one is noticeably narrower, but somewhat deeper. you do lose the dedicated glasses/small electronics pocket, but gain a dedicated tablet pocket (which fits a Surface Pro 4 perfectly. The outside bottle pocket fits a 20oz Klean Kanteen perfectly, it won’t fit a 32oz Nalgene or 32oz Camelbak Chute.
      I’ve only been using it for about a week, and I haven’t used it for travel yet. I like that fact that the compression straps care attached to the back of the bag, and can easily hook out of the way if you don’t need them.

  3. Steven Braswell says:

    Any word on pricing?

    • Blaine B. says:

      Steven – that got asked in another group and I’ve forwarded the question onto Camelbak. Along with spec information, whether the bottle pocket will fit a Nalgene, and the release date. As always, you guys don’t miss much. 😉

  4. EZDog says:

    It looks like they exchanged the computer pocket and the main pocket here too.
    Also did they get rid of the Tail?
    I really liked the side pockets and those look mostly eviscerated as well but it is tough to tell from just these pics?

    I also wonder if they will offer a Dispatch version of this one?

    And what is with the Flaming Skull?

    Can’t wait for a detailed look of it though!

  5. Looking forward to the review! Any idea if this will be offered in colorways other than black?

  6. Peter Crawford says:

    Do you know if a new version of the CUA XL is in the works?

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