Ever since the first hydration pack arrived on the market over a decade ago, numerous innovations have made them one of the greatest travel companions.
Hydration packs allow you to carry several liters of fluid comfortably, whether you’re marathoning, biking, hiking or hitting the slopes. If you fail to keep up with your fluid intake, your performance will drop — you can even go into severe dehydration and risk your life.
Here are six of the best hydration packs for every outdoor activity.
This hydration pack was designed for the slopes. In the winter, it seems it’s more difficult to stay hydrated than during the warmer season. Unlike other systems, the Camelbak Bootlegger doesn’t have ample storage but does have an essentials pocket for your phone, wallet, keys as well as a goggle pocket. It is strictly for hydration purposes only. The reservoir is on the smaller side (1.5 liter) but that’s plenty of fluid for a day carving powder.
The best part? It fits under your jacket outside your base layer, which keeps it lift-friendly as well as allowing your body heat to prevent the water from freezing in cold temperatures. $55.00
Despite carrying two liters of water around with you, you’ll barely notice that you are even wearing this pack. This lightweight, fully-insulated pack is perfect for any outdoor activity, including training for a marathon run. The Soquel is equipped with full side zip loading, a separate reservoir compartment, and Plug-N-Play Technology that improves user experience during outings without behind bogged down with gear. We found that this pack works great for day hikes.
During the summer, this will be the most used piece of outdoor equipment aside from your shoes. $59.99
Hydrapak Lone Pine
The Lone Pine from Hydrapak is minimalist and luxuriously soft. It is an excellent all around lightweight performance pack that’s big enough to store 2-liters of water and whatever essentials you need during your journey. When you take into account the soft fabric mesh harness, rugged design, extra large main pocket with pump sleeve, and all of its storage capacity, the Lone Pine is truly an incredible piece of gear. $84.99
The North Face Torrent 4
The North Face, a retailer of high-performance climbing and backpacking equipment, created the Torrent 4 with minimalist design in mind. Available in black or yellow, this pack keeps things light and simple. It’s comfortable shoulder straps, webbing hip belt, and vented back panel offer all-day comfort while exploring the outdoors. The smart “doughnut” shaped reservoir ensures the water stays balanced and enhanced ventilation to prevent bulging.
With just enough space to carry all the essentials, there is even a fleece-lined media pocket to provide you with a cozy alcove for your smartphone or music player. $100.00
EMS Impulse Hydration Pack
Although it was built for cycling and climbing, the Impulse is well-adapted to be taken on endless adventures. It has two main compartments and a separate 2-liter water bladder sleeve, which is very easy to clean. The bite valve also requires very little pressure to produce water.
The contoured breathable foam back panel and chest strap buckle with built-in whistle are just a couple of really cool features this pack comes equipped with. $79.00
OSPREY Manta 28 Hydration Pack
Super versatile and highly-ventilated. What more could you ask for? No matter where your adrenaline rushing adventure may take you, the Manta 28 is the ultimate multi-sport pack to bring along for the ride. For overnights, simply pull out the bladder and place it in a larger pack. All of the adjustments on the Manta 28 make it comfortable to wear for any body type. $149.00