- Hydration Capacity: 50 ounces (1.5 liters)
- Cargo Capacity: 153 cubic inches (2.5 liters)
- Torso Length: 11 inches (28 centimeters)
- Pack Weight: 7.7 ounces (220 grams)
- Fabric: 210D Nylon with DWR + 400mm PU coating (No idea what this means, but it sounds fancy)
- Diamond mesh back panel
- Lightweight mesh harness
- Front and back reflectivity
- Cell phone pocket
- Stash pocket
- Overflow storage space
- Organizer pocket for bike essentials
- Carries: snack, sunscreen, keys, cash
I have one other Camelback/hydration system, the Cloudwalker. The backpack rocks, I fell in love with it and the durability of the brand. My problem is that it’s just too big for my body to run with. I’m a 5’4’’ woman, so I’m kind of on the “fun size” side of things. I needed something that didn’t pull on my shoulders or feel too bulky when running. I want to run, not constantly fix my pack as it’s bouncing all over the place. However, side note, the Cloudwalker is EXCELLENT for long hikes. (9+ miles was my most recent hike)
I did a lot of research on which running pack to look at. I found this after having the name pop out a few times while reading other blogs, so it was the first one I looked up. I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods first to look at it, but they didn’t have ANY in the store. (That’s what I get for going a couple days after Xmas), so I went down the street to Sports Authority and found it!
There were a couple of others I was looking at, but what stood out to me the most was the pockets…and color. I love bright running colors, it helps me stand out when I’m high-tailing it through the trails. I tried it on in the store. I was a little amused at how small it looked on me, because I’m not the littlest girl in the world. But once I adjusted the straps, it surprisingly fit perfectly. I bought it for $50.00!
The first run I put it through was 10 miles, in the snow, in 27 degree weather. I honestly didn’t know how well this pack would handle the cold or the extra gear I had. In the pack, I had a full bladder, hood scoop, gloves, 2 shot bloks, my keys, lighter, tissues, and an extra headband – it all fit!! The run was smooth and it honestly didn’t even feel like anything was there. Once the chest strap was tightened, and I adjusted the side straps, I was off on a 2.5 hour run in the snow.
The bladder lasted me all the way through the 2.5 hour run. The mouthpiece was no issue since they have a great tubing system anyways in the Camelbaks. The only thing that kind of messed with my head was the side the mouth piece was on. My cloudwalker has the mouth piece of the left…thinking about it now, I’m not sure if the sides can be switched? I somehow feel more comfortable having the mouth piece on the left.
The Pack Itself
The pack I got Is bright pink and white. It has one small vertical pocket on the top, a free pocket which has adjustable straps (I’m assuming for additional hydration), and another larger pocket on the bottom. The larger pocket has a mesh pocket inside. It’s not a big pack at all, however it really does maximize the space! The straps are very thing and light. They weigh almost nothing, but have strong stitching on the tops and bottoms. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was little TOO light because the straps get twisted very easily, and you may not noticed until you’re running and you feel a strange knot in your shoulder. This happened a couple of times to me.
The free pocket (one with no zippers in the middle, but still is deep enough to fit shot bloks in) is adjustable, which was awesome to find out mid run when I took out my UA hood. The straps are sturdy, the zippers feel durable and the pack as whole is a damn good bargain, kids pack or not, this thing rules. I read other reviews, and women have raved about it. The fact that it’s only $50 dollars also made me very happy, because it was a durable, reliable pack, made by a good brand that performed very well at a low cost…you can’t really say that often.
So ladies (or men) if you’re looking for a running hydration pack that is small, but durable and maximizes space, this one is for you. It also comes in blue and red as well it looks like. I wouldn’t recommend this pack to EVERYONE nor for anything longer than 2.5 hours (if you’re not a kid!), but for shorter races, runs, hikes, bike rides, ect, it is the perfect pack.