Field Test: Hy­dra­tion Packs

Our team rates the best new thirst quenchers.


Drink enough wa­ter. It’s one of the first rules ev­ery hiker learns, and just as im­por­tant to fol­low whether you’re a light-and-fast speed­ster, dawn-to-dusk mileage mon­ster, or short-jaunt day trip­per. Af­ter test­ing 15 day­size hy­dra­tion packs across four months and as many con­ti­nents, we picked the top six—the ones that of­fer sub­stan­tial up­grades in com­fort, sta­bil­ity, or­ga­ni­za­tion, and wa­ter ac­cess. So fill up, choose a trail, and head out know­ing your next sip is right where you need it.

The Gre­gory Citro 30 scored high for its all-day com­fort.

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