I’m all about action and adventure; you name it, we love to go hiking, biking, and climbing. It’s important to stay hydrated during these types of activities but I’m personally not a huge fan of carrying a water bottle and prefer a hydration system instead.
Here is my open and honest review.
I tested the Crave Outdoors Hydration Pack by putting it through its paces on a local run. Even though the bladder is BPA-free, I would certainly suggest washing it out prior to use to avoid the plastic taste you get with new products. After washing the bladder I found it to be very easy to fill up under our bathroom sink.
It did take a fair amount of fiddling around to get the straps perfectly positioned, but once done, it was quite comfortable and I really liked how light it felt, even with the full bladder weight. At least you should only need to make the adjustments one time.
There are a few pockets incorporated into the shoulder straps where you can store a small snack, like a health bar or an energy shot along with your keys and a place to keep some cash or a credit card.
As you can see, my first-generation Moto X fits (very snug). If you have an iPhone or later model android, you are out of luck and will need to keep it in the main compartment.
Waterproof 600D/PVC polyester
1.5 liters of water in hydration bag + approx 2 liters of additional internal capacity
454g (16oz) with an empty bladder
43.2cm x 5.1cm x 25.4cm (17″ x 2″ x 10″)
Blue, Red, Green
4 in the front, 2 inside pack (includes bladder pocket)
Due to the setup of the straps, it is hard to get a perfectly snug fit on your back. The strap buckles are also difficult to adjust and could be replaced with a much simpler system. It would also be better if there were two sizes available (perhaps a child and adult version).
The front-facing pockets need to be able to accommodate a five-inch or bigger phone. Currently, only a four-inch phone will fit. It would also be nice to have a small, zip-up pocket inside the main compartment to store valuables such as a wallet.
This is a great buy if you are looking for a decent hydration pack for under $50. If they can make some of the small improvements mentioned it will be an even better buy!
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Nice well written review! Also shows you don't have to spend a fortune to get a decent hydration pack...