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.
I was actually very surprised when I received this bag, I expected it to have very little pocket space and be pretty much just a hydration bag, but it actually has a good amount of storage space and many more Pockets than I would have expected. Also this backpack is very comfortable, I'm six foot three with broad shoulders and a lot of smaller backpacks just don't feel right on me. But I can easily wear this bag all day long. Another thing I was pretty shocked about when I got my bag was how durable the water bladder is, for such a low price I expected a cheap, thin bladder but I got the opposite. If you are looking to buy a bag like this then I feel very confident in saying you won't be disappointed if you purchase this one. I was very skeptical at first, but now I could not be more happy with my purchase of this backpack. Happy Camping! (or Hiking)
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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