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You’re only halfway through the list, so it’s time to get geared up to bag another peak—load up the CamelBak Fourteener Hydration Pack and take a drive to the trailhead. This large-capacity hydration pack carries enough fluids to get you up and down the mountain, and has ample space in the main compartment and multiple exterior pockets to hold your rain gear, extra layers, headlamp, lunch, maps, media, and sunglasses.

  • New Antidote reservoir includes a lightweight, quick-seal cap, folding arms on the port to speed drying, and baffles in the body that allow the reservoir to maintain a lower profile when full
  • New Quick Link system in reservoir allows you to quickly snap off the tube for cleaning and easily attach accessories like filters, flow meters, and insulated tubes
  • NVIS back panel features six EVA foam pods covered in breathable mesh to balance support, flexibility, and ventilation
  • Load-bearing belt helps you carry 10-15 pounds
  • HydroGuard anti-microbial technology inhibits bacterial growth on reservoir and tube surfaces
  • Ergo Hydrolock shut-off valve allows you to control water flow and prevents leaks
  • Distance from shoulder to hip belt: 19in (48cm)

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Great Pack

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Perfect pack for that winter day trip snowshoeing up Mt Rainier's Mazama Ridge. Carried about 15 lbs of gear (including weight of full water bladder) and the pack carried very nicely. Suspension system is very comfortable. Was using the Mule for a few similar hikes in the winter, but it just wasn't quite big enough for the extra winter gear I wanted to take (crampons and ice axe for a really steep section of the Skyline Trail, extra layers, etc). I still prefer the mule for mountain biking and summer day hikes due simply to its smaller size, but the fourteener is a fantastic pack for my winter outings and I even plan to use it on some lightweight overnighters in the summer.

Bikepacking in Cloudcroft, NM

Overnight bikepacking trip along the Rim Trail, Cloudcroft, NM

It should be noted, in the above picture the Fourteener was packed with the following:

Snugpak Jungle Bag (Think small summer weight sleeping bag)

REI Bivy

Thermarest NeoAir

Pagagonia NanoPuff Jacket

Marmot Super Mica Jacket

Snow Peak Ti Cookset (pot/cup)

Optimus CruxLite stove

Jetboil fuel canister

Mountain House Meal + Snacks

Maps/GPS/and other essentials.

Just goes to show how effective and versatile this piece of kit can be.

Bikepacking in Cloudcroft, NM

One pack to rule them all!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I picked this up for my peak bagging assaults and the day I bought it, it found itself tackling the state high point here in NM. A non-technical walk in the park as most say. It is however about a 13 mile trek, a significant portion of which is above tree line. The time of year also dictated the need for layers and shell worthy of holding off sustained precipitation.

This pack holds all that you need for a quick assault on peaks and what initially felt like a lightweight and potentially fragile material on the outer face, has proven to be quite burly despite it's lightweight feel. The storage capacity is what makes this thing so good at what it was intended for. The fact it has the nifty fleece lined valuables pocket, ice axe loop, two trekking pole loops, large stash pocket, organization in the front pocket are all the proverbial icing on the cake.

About the only things I can critique on this pack is the DWR finish wasn't very D (as in durable). It's completely lost all of it's repellence, which can be death with so it's not a deal breaker.

If I had a suggestion I might like to see a mesh hip belt pocket for things like a GPS or some snacks. Otherwise I think they've nailed it with this one!

I even use this thing to tote my books to and from school! Enough room for books and even a change of clothes if I'm riding my MTB in. If I'm going Ultra Light this pack even serves as a overnight bag, and has accompanied me on many overnight "Bike-Packing" trips. My most used/favorite "small" pack.

Perfect! Comfortable, Capacity, Value.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I purchased this pack with no time to spare, and received it in perfect time. Ironically I took this Fourteener Pack on my very first Fourteener hike up White Mountain with no time to do any kind of break in and it did not disappoint. Had the 3L bladder full + 1 more liter on one side pouch (8.8lb water + 2lb pack is at 10 already) plus GU packs, lunch for the top of the mountain, and layers of clothing for the temperate weather. It weighed 26lbs or so and this thing did not let me down, causing no amount of soreness of my shoulders or back at all! It held everything I could throw at it and had plenty of space to spare. I had a Patagonia light rain shell, a regular hoody, spare pants, a thermal long sleeve and misc. doodads and could have fit almost twice that inside to give an idea.

Highly recommended!


    This bag is great!! Fits comfortably to the body, straps sit well and the side pockets are great. We have used this bag for the last year with no problems for 4 hour hikes to 12 hour hikes...perfection!!!

    HOWEVER....I would have liked more pockets.

    Great bag!

    My Go-to Hydration Pack

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Bought this a year ago to replace an older Camelbak model. I was looking for a good daypack/hydration pack that was lightweight but most importantly, had good ventilation along the back. There's nothing worse than having a hot pack sticking to your back as you're hiking along, am I right? The NVIS ventilated back panel is awesome. The pack is comfy as hell when full and air flows freely between the pack and my back. So far the pack has proved to be extremely durable, even after a slide down a scree field, there are no tears/rips/frays anywhere on the pack. I love it!

    Great for many uses

      My original review ended up as a comment on the other post. I want to make sure it gets my 5 stars. There is good organization and use for all its pockets. Many different straps you can adjust for a comfortable fit. The NVIS does allow some airflow, however in the summer it can still get a little sweaty as expected.

      I originaly got this for a day pack, but have since began using it as an ultralight overnight pack in the desert. In the main compartment I can store a neoair sleeping pad, jetboil, small quilt and a few pounds of food with room to spare. the small compartment fits my flashlight, first aid kit and personal items, compass etc. The middle open air compartment stretches out and is big enouph for even my small MSR 2 man tent (3lbs). I know its not the intended use, but it does hold up well. With 3L of water it comes out to 20 lbs. and dosent seem to be to much for it.

      On day hikes its a little more room than i need in warm weather but sinches down comfortably. My wife uses the outside pocket to store water bottles, camera and the loops for hiking poles for me to carry and she can get to them anytime without stopping.

      Great all around day pack

        Scored the 2009 on SAC for my 18 year old son and my boyfriend bought a new one to replace his old Rim Runner. First of all, you cannot go wrong with the Camelbak bladders. While our version (2009) has the older bladders, the new bladders are even more awesome. Changing hoses WAS a real task but they have fixed that. Camelbak has also improved the drying process.
        As for the pack, there are several features I admire about this model. I love the internal sunglasses pocket. It is soft and really keeps those important things (glasses, cell phone) safe. The main compartment is roomy enough for several clothing items such as fleece, waterproof outer, etc. Great organizers in slim spaces on the external front pockets. The material is tough and stands up to weather and abuse.

        Seriously if you are considering a solid day pack - get this one. It is also very adjustable and ours has been on every kind of frame (skinny to large)

        If you have a short torso, I would recommend a woman's Camelbak instead.

        I am amazed at the quality and attention to detail in this pack. Thought it may be a more than I need for a day, but hiking around Arizona, 3L of water is a minimum and there is plenty of room for extra. Simply to much about this backpack to write. I was sold after seeing it in the store, then went to BackCountry for free shipping and no taxes making it a nice buy here.

        I have a 46" waist, will it fit?

        I have a 46" waist, will it fit?

        Would this pack be able to fit rain gear,...

        Would this pack be able to fit rain gear, a 300 weight fleece, a change of clothes, hat, and gloves?

        Andy, there is a specific deeper pocket in the back of the Fourteener, so I believe your rain gear would fit in there. I'm concerned more about that 300 weight polar fleece, what are the dimensions of the fleece? The change of clothes and hat should be able to fit in the outer stretchable mesh pocket if you wish....gloves will fit in an outer 'bottle' designed mesh pocket or in the small insulated pocket. If you are looking for a more cold weather climate pack then I would recommend a Osprey pack because the water tube for hydration is insulated to prevent freezing.

        Thanks for the advice! I Actually I was intending to use it more for summer hikes on mountains above the tree line were the weather can get pretty intense(like Mt Washington). The dimensions of the fleece are roughly 20 inches across the front, 24 from the shoulder to the waist, and the sleeves are around 22 inches from the inseam, and actually, it's made of Polartec Wind Pro fleece, which seems to be similar (possibly lighter) than classic 300 weight.

        Can I use this for skiing as well? How...

        Can I use this for skiing as well? How could I attach skis and helmet?

        this pack is not really built for ski carry, but from the looks of the compression straps on the sides, i would think you could pull it off. helmet you are on your own...i dont know how you would go about that. no webbing on the outside or anything...

        for that price, check out the Osprey Kode series of packs meant for ski carry. they have a helmet holder flap that pulls out of the top pocket. still hydration compatible, and the tubing tucks into and insulated zipper pocket to prevent your hose from freezing up. and cheaper.

        of course there are others out there too, i just like Osprey..