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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.

Arc'Teryx Chilcotin (Courtesy Photo)
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4.7 / 5.0 rating

Arc’teryx Chilcotin 20

Review by: Nancy Bouchard

Its triangular shape creates a snug, lumbar-hugging fit that eliminates all jostling—even while trail-running or mountain biking.

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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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