Since a pack is going to be riding your back all day on a long hike, comfort and weight are critical metrics to use when evaluating  what pack works for you.   There are a few features that we have found can make a great pack:

  • minimal weight
  • external water reservoir compartment, preferably with its own access zipper
  • around a 20 liter capacity on average
  • hip belt storage for quick access items on the fly – mainly food
  • able to accommodate a 3 liter water bladder
  • a side pocket that can hold a bottle (for electrolyte drink)
  • ventilated back panel

Like with any gear choice, it is a matter of personal preference.   We have found that a combination of the bullet points above make the trek a little easier and less frustrating during the frustrating times.   Accessing your bladder via an outside compartment and not having to re-shuffle you pack contents is  a huge plus in addition to being able to access a ClifBar from your hip belt and not having to stop or ask someone to grab one for you.   Mountain Hardwear, Camelbak and Osprey make great packs that fit these criteria.,default,pd.html|13029|osprey%20manta||S|e|11075713445&cm_mmc=ps_google_CH-_-Category%20-%20Backpacks-_-Backpacks_Brand_Osprey_Hydration_osprey-_-osprey%20manta%20sp2sp10&gclid=CNr9-Y6Uk64CFUff4AodyU3rHg

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