High tech comfort with just enough cargo space
By Varaxis May 17, 2010
I did a lot of research on which hydration pack to get since there's such a large selection. I settled with this Deuter pack due to the tech features, size, and price.
Deuter's design is leagues ahead of Camelbak's, Hydropak's, Dakine's, and all the other major brands. The effort they put in to prevent a soggy back is commendable, which is one reason I stopped using a Camelbak. Another reason I stopped using Camelbak is funk building in the reservoir. I prefer Source's simple open top which folds down around a bar/ridge and has a clip slide over it to lock it down--a much larger opening and I can refill it without taking it fully out of the pack. The slick anti-bacterial coating is a big plus. It's fairly minimalist and can hold my cable lock and reservoir in the main compartment; minipump, tube repair kit, minitool, wallet, and keys in the secondary compartment; camera and extra clothes in the tertiary compartment. I use the cargo straps to hold my shoes.
The only downside is that it doesn't come in better color schemes.
I checked out a Vaude review recently and that only reassured me that I picked the best pack. It was bigger, didn't have the twist on/off valve that this does nor a mud cap for the vavle. The Deuter is better shaped--sort of aero/thin at the top which helps it slip under low branches that you have to duck under. Most other larger packs have a squared box top.
I can't say enough about how much I like this pack. If it comes in a better color scheme that matches my other gear, I would be tempted to buy it again.
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