CamelBak Fourteener 26 Hydration Pack

Capacity 1,587 cubic inches
(26 liters)
Liquid capacity 100 fl. oz (3 liters)
# of compartments 5
Weight 2 lbs. 6 oz.
Material Polyurethane-coated
ripstop nylon/nylon taffeta
Sleeping bag
compartment?
No
Gender Unisex
After having my older “Cloud Walker” Camelbak for about 7 years, it was time for a new one. I needed a hydration day pack that was more roomier so I could carry my outerwear, food, and other gear comfortably without having to cram it in and forcing the zipper to close. With hiking 14ers in Colorado, I didn’t need a huge internal frame pack, just a day pack that had enough room for all the jackets that I could potentially need when an unexpected storm hits or when facing cold gusty winds on top of a summit.

This pack is perfect for all my needs. It just so happens that the name of this model is “Fourteener”. I am able to carry a waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, a thin fleece jacket, a GoreTex “windstopper” jacket, snacks, beanie, gloves and a JetBoil stove in the main compartment. This pack is equipped with a 3 liter hydration bladder that fits in its own compartment against the back, and the tube with a bite valve. It is also convenient having several other pockets/compartments on the outside of the main compartment. There are 2 zippered compartments, one towards the top that is lined with fleece, which is nice for your sunglasses or ipod (items that may be scratched). There is another medium-sized zippered compartment at the lower half, which contains 2 mesh pockets and 1 small zippered pocket, which includes a key lanyard. This compartment is handy to store items that you need to access quickly or frequently. In addition, there are 3 open compartments on the pack. Each side has an elastic pouch with webbing, convenient for carrying small items like maps or a GPS. The other open compartment is in between the main compartment and the medium-sized zippered compartment that is connected with elastic material and can be cinched with compression webbing straps with side-release buckles that are on each side of the pack. There are also 3 gear loops at the bottom for ice axes, and 2 bungees with hooks and locks at each side compression strap. As this pack can fit more gear, that means more weight to the pack. With this in mind, there is a hip belt, padded shoulder straps, and a sternum strap to evenly and comfortably distribute the weight. The top of the shoulder straps feature a swivel system so that they can move, customizing it to the shape of your shoulders. The back of the pack has a great ventilation system that allows your back to stay cool and evaporate sweat as you hike. The pack comes with a clip attached to the shoulder strap in order to keep the hydration tube in place. However, it does not come with a cap for the bite valve and I highly suggest buying one to keep dirt and debris off the bite valve. Another missing accessory is the insulation for the tube, which is great to keep the water in the tube cool for warm days, but also to help prevent the water from freezing on cold days.

This hydration pack fits very well and is comfortable to wear on long hikes. It is a bit of a long pack, so if you have a shorter torso, it might be too long. I’m 5’5” and it fits me perfectly. I’ve used this pack so far on 100+ miles of hiking, including a few 14ers and several 10+ mile hikes with no issues.

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Jake and Maria have spent a good chunk of their time hiking and exploring all that the Colorado wilderness has to offer. Their ambition is to seek out all the hidden treasures of the Rocky Mountains from pristine alpine lakes, to tall dense Aspen forests, to high mountain summits. They both bring their own unique talents and abilities to Findhikingtrails.com, whether it's the organizational skills and consistent ambition to take on new terrain, or the desire to creatively record and document the experience. They are truly passionate about their site and the outdoors. "We thank you for visiting Findhikingtrails.com and wish you safe and fun adventures!"