The Best Hydration Packs for Day Hikers

After more than 50 hours researching and testing hydration packs, for example hiking together, torturing their components, and downing enough water to nearly risk hyponatremia (yes, it is possible to drink too much water), we have come up with our favorite hydration daypacks for medium drops: the Osprey Skarab 18 for the Osprey Skimmer 16 for women. Lighter and less structured than a full-day pack (and thus easier to manage), every still retains enough gear and water for a increase lasting about three hours.

Our pick


Osprey Skarab 18
Osprey Skarab 18

The best hydration daypack for guys

This package is solid, affordable, and comfortable, even without a fancy suspension system, and also the 2.5-liter hydration system is easy to use. It’s small enough to earn a good around-town pack, too.


Our favorite hydration daypacks for medium hikes will be the Osprey Skarab 18 (for men) and Osprey Skimmer 16 (for women). Our testers were prepared to trade in their older daypacks after attempting these simple, rocky packs, the smallest in Osprey’s minimalist Skarab/Skimmer series. They don’t have a great deal of extra pockets or complex suspension systems, but they’re comfy when combined with medium sized loads. Both packs come with Osprey’s 2.5-liter reservoir, which we discovered to be reasonably simple to clean and fill. These models fit the bill for those who want hydration combined with a well-constructed, no-fuss backpack.



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