Having a hydration pack makes any outdoor activity, especially hiking or trail running, so much easier. Carrying water on your back without having to stop to take a sip, really makes a difference to enjoying that activity.
Never buy a cheap hydration pack. When there’s water involved, you don’t want it splitting, especially if you plan on keeping valuables in there too. Hydration packs come in all shapes and size. You need to consider the bladder size (I normally shoot for 2-3 litres) and the size of the bag itself. Will you only be carrying water in your hydration pack?
Top 10 hydration packs and rucksacks
The redesigned Camelbak Octane XCT is lightweight and ideal for all your outdoor adventures like cross country cycling or trail running. It has a total capacity of 6.3 liters with a quick link system. This hydration pack features a comfortable design made from Ripstop materials making it very sturdy and durable.
This great hydration pack is 20% lighter than its previous version. It has a total capacity of 13 liters making it very ideal for your outdoor adventures. The M.U.L.E. NV offers enough hydration for over 3 hours of your outdoor activity. Its unique design includes a wide waistbelt with integrated pockets, bike tool organiser pocket, fleece lined media pocket and a built in rain cover.
This 6.3 liter hydration pack is streamlined for riding and racing. It has a narrow singletrack friendly design that is ideal for more than 3 hours of riding. The Camelbak Lobo includes an ultralight 3D mesh harness, slider sternum strap and removable waist belt
The North Face Torrent 4 hydration pack features an innovative “doughnut” reservoir that has a hole in the middle to enhance ventilation and helps prevent bulging. It has comfortable shoulder straps and vented back panel for all-day comfort and its webbing hipbelt adds stability.
This great and compact hydration pack comes from Vango which is perfect for people on the move. This 3 litre pack contains a 2 litre hydration bladder made from honeycomb polyester with PU coating and only weighs .33 kg
This great 1.5 litre hydration pack is very durable and only weighs about .40kg. The Gelert Rush Hydro Pack comes complete with a 1.5 litre drink bladder perfect for all your adventures. Its ultra lightweight design comes with adjustable waist and chest straps for added comfort.
The Albany Hydrapack is an effective hydration backpack that has a 2.5 litre capacity. It is made of durable polyester and nylon materials. It is shaped for comfort and comes with adjustable padded straps and replaceable bladder with Microban anti-fungal lining. The Albany Hydrapack has easy-flow shut-off valve with key clip and insulated bladder pouch. This great hydration pack comes in two colours: Black & Silver and Navy & Silver.
This ultra compact 1.5 litre hydration backpack is designed to provide easy access to your water without adding that extra weight. Its lightweight design makes it perfect for running, hiking and cycling.
This is another perfect hydration pack for people who love the outdoors. The Outeredge Hydration Backpack comes with a 2 litre bladder, elastic straps for helmets or jackets and small side pockets. For added comfort it comes with fully adjustable straps.
This is an ideal hydration pack to have for those long treks or outdoor adventure. The Regatta HiDrate has a 10 litre capacity and is made from a very tough polyester fabric. Some of its great features are: an easy fill hydration bladder with drinking tube water lock system, Cushioned air mesh back panels and breathable lightweight mesh backstraps. This hydration pack comes in two colours Dark Spring & Black.