CamelBak Fran­co­nia LR 24 / Sun­downer LR 22* WHAT WE LIKE This full-fea­tured pack let us carry big loads in com­fort.

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Hy­dra­tion

4.1 The 3- liter reser­voir’s cir­cu­lar mouth and wide shape—which fa­cil­i­tate its comfy lower-lum­bar po­si­tion­ing— make it more dif­fi­cult to clean than the en­velopestyle blad­ders found on all other packs here ex­cept the Gre­gory. The drink­ing tube un­clips from the blad­der for easy re­fills.

Com­fort

4.9 This pack has the most ro­bust sus­pen­sion of any in the test. An alu­minum perime­ter wire adds rigid sup­port, and a com­part­ment at the bot­tom of the pack­bag holds the reser­voir at your hips, eas­ing strain on your back. “I car­ried 3 liters of wa­ter, a growler, and gear—about 20 pounds—up Ore­gon’s 10,358-foot South Sis­ter,” says one tester. “My shoulders and hips never felt sore.” Trade­off: It’s heavy.

Or­ga­ni­za­tion

3.0 A large, U-shaped zip­per that ac­cesses the in­te­rior sits above a 2.5-liter stuff pouch, and com­pres­sion straps over the pack­bag cinch down low-vol­ume loads. How­ever, testers deemed the ex­te­rior too crowded with straps, buck­les, and pock­ets.

Ven­ti­la­tion

4.2 A tram­po­line-style frame kept air cir­cu­lat­ing over testers’ backs, and its gen­tle curve didn’t cramp the main pack­bag. The mesh straps and hip­belt fea­ture pea-size per­fo­ra­tions.

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