REI Cascade Hydration Pack
Design: top loading daypack
Size: 1200 cu inches
Number of Pockets: LOTS
Max. Load Carried: 3 l. of water and maybe ten pounds of stuff.
Height of Owner: 5'4"
Price Paid: $85
This pack is a bit of an anomaly. At first it seems like it doesn't work well until you "learn" how to use it.
The primary opening is fairly small, so it seems like the pack doesn't hold as much as it should. That is untill you get all your stuff past the small opening and it sits on the bottom of the pack. Then it just keeps swallowing up stuff until its full.
The compression straps work well and shapes the pack nicely. It has lots of little pockets that are spaced nicely for all the stuff you need access too. It has a place for an iPod, but I never use that.
The nalgene resevior works fairly well and is easy to fill and clean. No problems there.
The fit is very good and the feature that's supposed to allow the pack to move with you works as advertised, but if you lean forward, expect the pack to feel like its about to slide off your back, even if it doesn't.
The whistle that's built into one of the clips is cute.
About the only thing I have a problem with is that the sleeve for the hydration pack takes up a bit too much room from the other things you want to put in it. I think that the part of the sleeve that actually holds the hydration bladder should be flexible rather than a hard molded shape.
Other than that, a great day pack.
Max. Load Carried: 40+
Price Paid: 30$ at the closeout sale.
Great pack. I am using it to train for mountain running; hiking with gear, full water and 30# of weights in it.
Padding is great, and breathes well. Holds more than you expect, so it can be light or really loaded down. Very little jostling, and well balanced. Straps articulated for strong chest. Has an external sleeve that is good for stashing your wet stuff -- even has a drain for it, and taped zipper side pockets at hips accessible on the move. It never leaked- which is good when carrying a phone and MP3.
Overall- a Great pack.
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January Clearance On now! Cascade is REI's largest hydration daypack holding a full day's worth of water, food and more! Includes a 3-liter Nalgene CXC reservoir with AquaGuard antimicrobial treatment, articulating bite valve, on/off switch and magnetic retainer. REI-exclsuive internal cord compression system pulls the load in with one tug, eliminating external straps and buckles. Backpanel is lined with highly breathable, moisture-wicking 3D ventilating mesh--raised torso panels provide a space for moisture to move to. HDPE (high-density polyethylene) framesheet offers load support and protection from pack's contents. Completely adjustable, padded shoulder straps and cut-away waistbelt are wrapped with breathable mesh for maximum ventilation. Innovative feature directs hydration sip tube out through either shoulder strap with a magnetic retainer on hose and strap to keep tube close by. Zippered mega-access main compartment can carry everything you need for all-day trips on the trail. Zippered front pocket organizer features a key clip and two mesh pocket plus room for smaller essentials such as lip balm and sunscreen. Top of pack features a mesh pocket with a drain hole in the bottom and a buckle closure for swift stashing of a light jacket or hat. Dual zippered side pockets provide storage for sunglasses, snacks or electronics with a built-in sleeve and headphone port. Lightweight tool loop attachments are adjustable for trekking poles, other gear or even a light axe. All-angle reflective piping increases your visibility in low light.
- REI refers to the men's version