We bought these to take hiking last summer. Before we had borrowed our son's more expensive hydration packs, but I wanted to get our own. These packs not only look like the more expensive brand, but they worked the same. The mouth piece was durable and when I wanted water, it was there.
Great pack but it's extremely plain. It doesn't have any extra storage like side or strap pockets. It would also be nice if there was a chest strap as when the water bag is full, it's quite heavy! Like I said, it's successful in its designated function but I could of got a better bag for the price.
I use this to hydrate AFTER a run or workout. It does not have a waist belt so it is not stable enough to run with. The shoulder straps are plastic mesh so they stick to my skin and make me sweat more. The bladder is impossible to dry and water just doesn't come out of it and it can't be turned inside out to dry which makes me concerned about bacteria. All of that said, for the price, it can be useful for other applications that don't require stability and if you use a different bladder.
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