- The day hiker's best budget choice, yet great quality
- Lightweight and very comfortable
- Durable, water-resistant, and comes with lots of storage space
Reservoir has a plastic taste, and the zipper quality is iffy.
Water Storage: This hydration backpack comes with a 2-liter water reservoir made of BPA-free plastic. The reservoir is easy to fill, though some users have noted that it takes a bit of effort to pull the water through the straw. Some have also mentioned the water having a bit of a "plasticky" taste.
Design: The hydration pack is designed like your classic day backpack, with two durable, padded shoulder straps and two straps to run across your chest and hips to bear the weight of the water. The Teton bladder/reservoir can be removed for easy filling, and the loops on the shoulder straps make it easy to keep the straw sitting right beside your face all hike long. The straps are user-friendly and can be easily adjusted to match your shoulder, chest, and torso size.
Features: In addition to the storage space for the water reservoir, this backpack comes with extra zippered pockets and pouches for your wallet, keys, ID, and other compact items. You'll find that this hiking pack offers a lot more storage space than most of the other options on our list.
Price: $40 is a pretty good price to pay for this high-quality, well-designed hydration pack. Though it's not the cheapest on our list, it's still one of the most budget-conscious options. It's the only pack you'll need to buy for years to come.