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Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT DAY PACK AND EXCELLENT FOR EVERYDAY USE! I have used this pack everyday for three months. My job requires a lot of travel and it always goes with me, loaded with a first aid kit, food, jacket, office essentials and sometimes my 15" laptop. I have used this pack for many small 4-5 mile hikes with great success. It has been to the summit of Mount San Antonio (Mt. Baldy), Cucamonga Peak, and Mount San Jacinto. I am 5'2, 144 pounds and have to say the bag fits great. The hips and shoulder straps are very adjustable! Once, the bag is adjusted and cinched down on your back, it feels very solid. I love the external frame and how solid it feels. I could not recommend this pack more.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from feels lighter when it's on... I bought this about a month ago and have been using it every day for day hikes from home in very hot weather. Love the hydration system! I put it in a $2 cooler bag that keeps it cool and prevents condensation from leaking through. The backpack, once I slip it on, feels much lighter than it is. Something about where it sits perfectly on my center of gravity makes it feel very light, even with a full load of water. Pockets for sunglasses, bandana, etc., are in handy places. My phone is too big to fit in the belt pockets so it goes in the small zipper pocket. I carry a rain jacket, first aid kit, (have carried a second pair of shoes when I was breaking in new ones), hat, snacks, hydration, and still always seem to have plenty of room.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An amazing pack Being 6'5" it is hard to find a good pack. This one is the closest to it. With the metal frame it felt great. I would say having an adjustable lumbar would make this untouchable in the market. I loved it and
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing pack Amazing pack. Three liter capacity easily gets me through a 10 mile hike with space for lunch and additional clothing layers. Comfortable and cool. Well constructed and looks good.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great first use Just finished a hiking trip to Joshua Tree National Park (CA) area and Scottsdale (AZ) area. This was the first time I used this pack. The pack was very comfortable once I got it adjusted correctly. Would have been nice if CamelBak included some adjustment hints with pack. It does have a good set of adjustment points. The 3 liters of water were more then enough. WE hiked around 7 miles a couple of days in 80 degree weather. I thought I was drinking a lot but when I finished a check water level the most I drank was about 2 liters. So water capacity is great. My only dislike is that I moved the drinking hose from the right side of the pack to the left. This meant that the magnetic hose holder had to be used with the narrower straps that come on the left side. Using the narrower straps caused the holder to come loose quite easily. I went to local hardware store and bought some heat shrink tubing to put on the magnetic holders to stop them from coming off. I wish CamelBak would widen the straps or make the gap in the magnetic holders smaller so the heat shrink tube was not needed. If I did not have to do this I would rate this pack a 5 instead of the 4.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost don't know it's there I purchased this pack for 3 reasons: 1) I needed a new/updated hiking pack & water pack 2) it looks really cool and 3) was planning on using it for the Mt Whitney portal trail. The Mt. Whitney hike never came to pass (too much snow) - but I am super happy with the pack. Fits well, has all the necessary adjustments and rides like it's not even there - even with a full water bladder and equipment.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice pack, but lopsided I think most things about this pack are great, however the frame on mine is lopsided, so the pack always looks like its leaning to the left. I went to the store to look at the other packs, and they are all lopsided. Seems to be a design issue. also wish they would have made it so that instead of pulling the straps away from the buckle to tighten the hipbelt, you are pulling the straps toward the hipbelt (like osprey packs).. its a much more natural motion and gives you better leverage
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect size Just got back from Zion National Park! This backpack was epic. Enough space for water change of cloths second pair of shoes and food for an entire 2 days. Easy to get everything with the great organization. Pack sits perfect on your back with all the adjustments for shoulders and waist belt. The air flow in the back panel make a world of difference and keeps you cool for the entire day
Date published: 2017-08-26
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Questions & Answers

Is the materials the pack is made of water resistant or will it absorb water?

Asked by: Javif45
This hydration pack is water resistant, not waterproof. The small CamelBak Rain Cover is recommended for additional rain protection. https://www.rei.com/product/709997/camelbak-rain-cover
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-29

Are the stretch side pockets big enough for a Nalgene or bike water bottle? I carry human water and dog water.

Asked by: Scout
​The stretch side pockets are large enough for a bike water bottle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-28

Do I need to pull everything out of the backpack to refill the water reservoir? Is there a video on how to access the compartment?

Asked by: Jfong
The reservoir is located in the main compartment of the pack, so you may have to remove items to access it. We are unable to upload a video of how to access the reservoir, but it is displayed in the product images on this page.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-04

What is the width of the hip belt webbing?

Asked by: Ipokebadgers
​The waist belt webbing is 1.5 inches wide.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-06

Aside from the internal frame, what are the main differences between this and the Fourteener 24?

Asked by: HikingGuyDotCom
The back panel on the Franconia will provide more ventilation. The Franconia has two hipbelt pockets as opposed to the one hipbelt pocket on the Fourteener. Both packs are using the new Crux LR reservoirs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-29

Does this ship to Australia? The 'shipping restrictions' link doesn't link to any information - it just re-loads the page.

Asked by: lsnowden
Camelbak products can only be shipped to US addresses. The link is fixed.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-14

Please clarify: description says "autonomous hydration compartment" and you say it's in the main compartment so everything needs to be unloaded to fill the reservoir. Which is it? Thanks!

Asked by: Sharon
​This pack has a separate compartment for the reservoir, as well as a main compartment for your gear. The reservoir compartment is large enough to add some additional gear if needed.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-06

Is this product made in the USA?

Asked by: Malcolm
This item is made in the Philippines. Please keep in mind the country of origin can change over time and some items are sourced from multiple countries.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-09
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