CamelBak’s triangular-shaped, 3-liter reservoir sits at your lumbar behind a zippered, easy-access door. Ding: The reservoir’s circular opening is awkward to handle; we found it tricky to fill to the brim without spilling.
Thanks to the low and tight center of gravity, the Pursuit is ideal for scrambling. Loads up to 22 pounds disappeared on our backs.
The 12-by- 7-inch stretch mesh pocket held all our wet gear after a day of hiking and swimming at Hanakapi’ai Falls in Hawaii. Props: Tubular metal zipper pulls are easy to grab even with gloves.
It has suspended mesh across the mid back, but thick lumbar padding makes this one hotter than the other trampoline-style packs.