Best Hydration Pack
After two weeks of dayhikes and scrambles in Alaska and Utah, our Southwest-based tester did not want to part with this pack. It combines the standard-setting 100-ounce Omega Hydrotanium reservoir (included) with a packbag made for drinking and hiking. A separate zippered bladder compartment simplifies loading and allows easy refilling on the trail. And a semi-rigid backpanel—made of deeply-ribbed, closed-cell foam covered by soft mesh—is breathable and supportive.
“My back never sweated out on a hot, 3,000-foot climb on the Harding Icefield Trail,” he says. “And it proved exceptionally comfortable even when carrying 20 pounds of camera and cold-weather gear.” Later, during a week of guiding in Zion Canyon, our tester stuffed the simple, top-loading packbag with first-aid kits, group lunches, and emergency water. Thick shoulder straps anchored to the pack by C-shaped fittings allow the straps to cant snugly to a variety of body shapes, giving a custom-fit feel to multiple testers.
Quibbles: The top pocket is too small for lunches or bulky layers, and testers would have liked a second hipbelt pocket. $150; 2,440 cu. in.; 2 lbs. 12 oz.CLASSIC DAY PACK WITH THE N.V.I.S.™ BACK PANEL
Women backpackers will appreciate the features and the comfort of the new Aventura™. This lightweight, compact and comfortable pack incorporates the NEW N.V.I.S.™ Back Panel, a suspension panel that keeps the pack away from your back.
•Carries: Layers/Rain Gear, Food, Head Lamp, Stove, Maps, Compass, Knife, Poles, Tools, etc.
•100 oz (3 L) OMEGA™ HydroTanium™ Reservoir with Lifetime Warranty
•N.V.I.S.™ Back Panel offers increased air flow and ventilation
•Dynamic Suspension™ harness and articulated and vented semi-load bearing waist belt for stability
•Quick access overflow storage with dual compression straps
•Stowable tool loop and lash point on front of pack
•Taste-free PureFlow™ Tube
•Ergo HydroLock™ w/ Big Bite™ Valve
•Multiple cargo spaces include:
•Dual compression straps
•Sternum strap for added stability
Reservoir:100 oz (3 L) OMEGA™ HydroTanium™ Reservoir, 37” PureFlow™ Tube, Big Bite™ Valve, Ergo HydroLock™
Dimensions: 19.5 in x 14 in x 14.5 in
(495 mm x 355 mm x 370 mm)
Volume: Cargo Volume – 1475 cu in (24 L)
Weight: Empty Reservoir – 2.67 lbs (1.21 kg);
Filled Reservoir – 9.12 lbs (4.14 kg)
Materials:230D Taffeta main panel > 210D Baby Ripstop accent panel > 420D Nylon boot > N.V.I.S. back panel