Camelbak’s slightly pricey option keeps its hydration reservoir down in the bottom of the pack, which transfers the weight of the water to your waist and reduces strain on your upper back. The cushioning around shoulders and hips is excellent, as is the ventilated back system, while a removable back panel allows flexibility when packing. The main compartment is roomy, but if the top pocket is full when you unzip it, the weight causes the zip to open fully, which can spill out the contents of the main section. And with so many straps and attachment points, the design feels overly complicated. But it certainly carries a lot of stuff; even the side mesh pockets are big enough to take a jacket. And the clever placing of the reservoir will please walkers with back trouble, as well as those who really want to stay hydrated on the go.
Extra pockets: 5 (Top, belt x2, internal x2)
Back system: NV (suspended mesh)
Contact: 0116 234 4646
Ingenious bladder, back system and weight distribution, if a bit fiddly.
First reviewed in Country Walking July 2015 by Sarah Ryan