Platy­pus Duthie A.M. 15 WHAT WE LIKE A taut, tram­po­linestyle back­panel pro­vides best-in-test ven­ti­la­tion.

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Hy­dra­tion

4.5 The 3-liter blad­der locks into place with two hooks, which we found eas­ier to use than the usual web­bing-and-buckle sys­tem. The bite valve has the best flow of any pack we tested, and the hose un­clips.

Com­fort

4.0 Lightly padded hip­belt wings and foam shoul­der straps sup­port loads up to 15 pounds. “The pack was sta­ble and com­fort­able, even when I was jump­ing over creeks and climb­ing over dead­fall,” says a tester who hiked in Ore­gon’s Mal­heur Wildlife Refuge. Ding: The back­panel didn’t fit testers with tor­sos longer than 18 inches.

Or­ga­ni­za­tion

3.5 In ad­di­tion to a zip­pered front pocket and stuff pouch, there’s a mi­crofiber sun­glasses pocket. The pack­bag has six seg­mented sleeves for gear and ac­ces­sories. The Duthie is also the only pack with a rain­cover. Ding: The stuff pouch’s four fussy buck­les hin­der en­try.

Ven­ti­la­tion

4.7 The Duthie’s mesh tram­po­line back­panel was the best of any we tested. It sets the pack­bag 2 inches from your back, so there’s al­ways air­flow, yet no drop in sta­bil­ity. “My back stayed sweat-free dur­ing a hot hike through Pe­tra, Jor­dan,” says one tester. Trade­off: The back­panel pinches off the pack­bag at the top.

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