Janetwrote a question about Osprey Packs Talon 22 Backpack - 1200-1300cu in on July 24, 2012
Have never owned a "hydration backpack." Reading about various brands - getting confused since have no experience with one for comparison. I'm petite,5'3''. Must have a padded hip belt ( one on my camera backpack great for weight distribution,) and a chest strap would be good too. I'll be hiking ( mostly day trips) Coming up - 4 day rafting trip in Grand Canyon - hiking "stuff" out (going w/ group/tour, so won't hike w/ tent, food, etc. - but will have extra shorts, couple of shirts, small camera, toiletries...) Won't have my large DSLR camera rafting, but will have it other day hikes in the area - SO - need extra space - yet, light overall weight ( I'm not a "spring chick" anymore !) I've previously taken a regular multi-pocket backpack and water bottles -I need a better, Comfortable backpack ! I'd like an Accessible, easy to use hydration system - pretty clueless re: features - magnetic vs. clip for hose (?), etc. Fabric water repellent ? Covers (rain) work well? easy on/off ?