I know when I was deployed to UAE while in the military, I used my hydration backpack religiously. I only took it off to refill, clean and sleep. Yes I wore it in the shower, that’s how hot it was.
So below the video is a comparison matrix for your viewing pleasure to see what type, style, size and feel you may need for your activity. Whether you are out in the scorching hot weather or in the dead of winter digging your car out.
But if you are asking yourself, “Do I even need one or should I just go with a water bottle and a backpack?”, then watch the video below from the guys at outdoor gear lab to see what they have to say to help you answer that question:
Hydration Backpack comparison matrix:
|Hydration Backpack||Reservoir Volume oz.||Pack Weight oz.||Cargo Capacity liters||Rating||Price|
| Camelbak HydroBak||50||5.5||15||4.4||$|
|Camelbak Products M.U.L.E. Hydration Backpack||100||16||11||4.8||$$|
|Osprey Talon Backpack||0||16.3||22||4.8||$$|
|Osprey Men's Raptor 14 Hydration Pack||101||38.4||14||5||$$|
|Geigerrig G1 1600 Hydration Pack||100||41.6||26||4.8||$$$|
|Camelbak Classic Hydration Pack||70||6.7||5||4.6||$|
|Camelbak Octane LR Hydration Pack||70||16||3||4||$$|
|Osprey Packs Syncro 15 Hydration Pack with Reservoir||102||36||15||5||$$|
|Camelbak Charge LR Hydration Pack (70-Ounce/427 Cubic-Inch, Skydiver Blue)||70||16||17||4.8||$$|
|Dakine Amp BackPack||100||2.1||3||4.5||$|