One of the worst things with the typical hydration pack, like my old Camelbak, is how it turns into a big tube when you fill it up (apparently, it’s called barreling). Plus, when the reservoir was full it would lay very awkwardly on my back and it would swing side-to-side while I was hiking, which is very annoying.
Now I have a new pack, the REI Lookout 40, and the Camelbak doesn’t fit very well because of its awkward shape.
When I saw the Osprey Hydraulics in a recent issue of Backpacker, I knew I had to check it out. So, on my next trip across the bridge into Portland, Oregon, I stopped by REI and picked up the 3-Liter version.
Osprey Hydraulics Video Review
- Metallocene PE high strength & taste free film (BPA & PVC free)
- Anti-microbial formula to prevent bacteria & mold
- 3/4 turn cap quick and secure open/close.
- Wide mouth opening provides easy fill & access for cleaning
- Lightweight, low profile handle for easy fill and pack insertion with dual sided hose exit
- Direct welded HydroStatic™ plate maintains low & wide reservoir profile
- Anatomical shape keeps water weight steady and close to the body
- Magnetic bite valve with included sternum strap magnet
- Built in 180 degree pivot shut-off valve
- Flexible 1/4”/6.35mm hose for faster water flow
I recommend the Osprey because it does what it says and it’s more comfortable to use. The bite valve is nicer than on my Camelbak and the magnet is handy for easy access.
If you’re interested in this hydration pack, you can buy the Osprey Hydraulics 3-Liter on Amazon.
This is what the Osprey looks like in the package.