I have been looking for a compact hydration pack for over a year and tried on probably every pack Camelbak has ever made... This Classic is definitely the winner. In fact I looked at many women-specific packs and still found this one to be the most comfortable and best fitting (I'm 5' 6, average weight). There are several things I love about this pack. It's has great size and shape: sits on your back nicely without bulking up or looking weird. The outside zipper pocket is just big enough for all the necessities: smart phone, chopstick, keys and small sunscreen, etc... It's got the bungee cord on the outside: super handy for your extra layer. And I absolutely love the outside access to the bladder! No more struggling with trying to fill it up quickly or taking it in/out for maintenance. I recently took it for a 4 hour road bike ride and it was very comfortable. Extremely happy with the purchase!
Minimal, light, great.
I bought this after wandering the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City. I went by the booths of every hydration vendor, and looked at what they had in the way of minimal packs. I was looking for hydration packs for marathons and ultrarunning events. The CamelBak Classic was by far my favorite.There are two key advantages to this pack. Firstly, the bladder is super easy to refill without removing from the pack. The mouth is just tucked under a flap. This makes it ideal for race aid stations: you can easily unscrew lid as you approach, and quickly refill from jug etc. Secondly, there's really nothing to the pack that you don't want. There's a small zippered pocket on the outside that is big enough to hold a few gels. And a minimal bungee that can be used to secure a rain shell or a long-sleeve. Larger items can also be slipped into the bladder pocket. All the straps are mesh and highly breathable. I liked the design so much I bought two, so that I can leave one at bag-drops/checkpoints and just swoop in and grab a full pack.Ultaracing heaven!
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