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Hydration Pack Reviews

Hydration packs offer supreme convenience while backpacking. You tend to stay better hydrated when using one. There are different sized hydration packs for every need. Backpacker gear testers submit multiple hydration pack reviews, testing them for durability in real-world situations. Reviews cover weight, durability, comfort, and performance. Read on for our top hydration pack picks.

CamelBak Arete 18 (Ben Fullerton)
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3.5 / 5.0 rating

CamelBak Arete 18 Hydration Pack Review

Review by: Nancy Bouchard

Use this streamlined chameleon as a stand-alone hydration daypack (it comes with a 2-liter reservoir) or slip it into the sleeve of your big pack and use it for day jaunts or summit sprints from basecamp.

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Editors’ Choice 2013

Review by: The Backpacker Staff

From a bomber ultralight tent to the best GPS watch we've seen, here are the 15 products that passed the ultimate field test.

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Gear Guide 2011: Backpacks

Review by: The Backpacker Editors

Whether you're loading for a local dayhike, a weekend in the wilderness, or a once-in-a-lifetime thru-hike, this year's class of packs redefines comfort.

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