Gre­gory Citro 30 / Juno 30*

WHAT WE LIKE The big­gest pack in the test also has one of the best-per­form­ing hy­dra­tion sys­tems.

Backpacker - - GEAR -

Hy­dra­tion

4.6 A 3-liter reser­voir fea­tures a hook for hang dry­ing. The sim­ple-yet-sturdy clip sys­tem made se­cur­ing the blad­der a cinch and pre­vented un­wanted move­ment, while a thumb lock let us eas­ily flick open the bite valve. The reser­voir sleeve is con­toured to fit the blad­der, max­i­miz­ing pack­able space. Ding: A cir­cu­lar open­ing made it the hard­est blad­der to clean.

Com­fort

4.5 The Citro eas­ily han­dled 25 pounds on a dawn-to- dusk hike in the Wash­ing­ton Cas­cades. “I never felt un­bal­anced,” says our tester. A wire perime­ter frame of­fered sturdy sup­port, and load sta­bi­lizer straps kept the weight tight against her back.

Or­ga­ni­za­tion

3.2 Or­ga­niz­ers be­ware: This pack has only a sand­wich-size zip­pered mesh pouch for your keys and wal­let. Ar­tic­u­lated hip­belt pock­ets are big enough for a cell phone (not a large one, though) and en­ergy bars. Draw­back: The 28-inch zip­per mouth is small for a pack this size.

Ven­ti­la­tion

3.7 Two-inch-long hor­i­zon­tal cutouts in the EVA foam shoul­der straps en­hance air­flow. The tram­po­line-style back­panel af­fords 1 inch of space be­tween back and pack—good, but not as cool as the Platy­pus (op­po­site page).

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