Co­topaxi Veloz 6 WHAT WE LIKE The test’s best trail run­ning pack boasts smart pocket de­sign.

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2.9 The 2-liter reser­voir has an in­ter­nal baf­fle that pre­vents bulging and slosh­ing. Ding: This pack is the only one in the test with no bite valve lock.


3.5 Vest-style ny­lon shoul­der straps form a snug “V” around the neck and ch­est for sta­bil­ity while trail run­ning. “While hik­ing to Tamolitch Pool in Ore­gon, the pack nes­tled com­fort­ably be­tween my shoulders,” our tester says. Draw­back: He wanted a hip­belt for times when the bag was fully loaded.


4.8 Al­though the Veloz is the small­est pack in the test, clever pocket place­ments im­pressed ob­ses­sive or­ga­niz­ers. The Veloz’s 20-inch di­ag­o­nal main zip­per al­lows easy ac­cess to the pack­bag, which fea­tures a wal­let-size mesh pouch. It also has a 10-inch-long di­ag­o­nal pocket on the out­side for sun­block and bug spray. Skinny, zip­pered ban­dolier-style pock­ets on the straps are per­fect for stash­ing en­ergy bars.


3.0 There’s no framesheet, as be­fits a pack made for the light­est loads, so the pack sits against your back. “The mesh back­panel got pretty sweaty,” re­ported a tester af­ter a long, hot day­hike on Sch­weitzer Moun­tain, Idaho.

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