The backpack-style hydration pack has long been a trusted ally for the hoards of the outdoors; from biking zealots chasing the trail to dyed-in-the-merino-wool hiking fanatics. And since their invention, one manufacturer has been synonymous with the style: Camelbak.
But what’s in a name? Since Camelbak popularised this style of water bladder in the 1990s, more than a few companies have unveiled their versions on a theme, and not without success. We’re particular fans of Osprey’s Raptor Range - versatile, all-court packs from a company with brilliant ethics.
But when it comes to durability, Camelbak’s Thermobak offering stands apart. Part of their range originally designed for the military, it’s made to be tough as nails and stay comfy when everything else starts to flag. Created using 500D Ripstop Cordura, a nylon derivative designed with survival in mind, it won’t be letting you down without a fight. What’s more? The bladder is thermally insulated by 5mm of cell foam, keeping your fluids cool in sustained killer temperatures.
Of course should something go wrong, Camelbak back all their gear up with a lifetime guarantee. They only cover defects in materials and workmanship, but that’s the industry high-water mark on hydration packs - and why we made sure our selection was the sturdiest of them all.
Perfect for hikes, jogging and cycling, this is a minimalistic pack with enough extra room for the essentials.
- Hydration Capacity: 100 oz (3 L)
- Total Volume: 183 cu in (3 L)
- Pack Weight: 1.3 lbs (0.61 kg) with empty reservoir
- Pack Dimensions: 18 in x 9.2 in x 5 in (46 cm x 23 cm x 13 cm)