Hydrapak Reyes 100oz Hydration Pack
The Reyes was designed to have increased durability and volume. It offers plenty of hydration with a slim profile. This pack features dual horizontal gear straps to secure larger gear, E.V.A padded shoulder straps, a large main pocket with zippered organizer pocket, a key clip and 360 degree reservoir insulation.
Overall, the Reyes is a nicely sized pack with a highly rated bladder. It can be cinched down tightly if using only for water. Having several small clothing items & the bladder filled to 2L, the pack disappeared on my back while riding rocky singletrack. I could hear the water bouncing but could not feel it. I was disappointed to find this pack did not have the highly touted "Quantum clip" (magnet for bite valve/tube) as it is stated to have but on the trail it was not that much of an issue. The bite valve/tube is not as freely flowing as I would like, but I do not know how this compares to Camelbak nor any others. The gear compartment has 2 identical sized velcro tab pockets near the top; below these you will find 1 larger (width) velcro tab pocket & one through pocket/loop for a pump. It also has a key ring clip & a very small elastic pocket. Unfortunately, there are no zippered pockets to be found. I found my small items were falling out of the elastic compartment if I did not open the main compartment carefully (the pocket turns upside down when flap is opened). My phone, which is approximately 1/4" taller & wider than an iphone 4 was just slightly too tall for the velcro tabs to close & filled the width of the pocket. I was able to fit 2 pairs of sunglasses in the lower velcro pocket. I really don't understand the lack of zippered pockets inside, they cannot add much to the cost. In the main compartment I stowed a pair of armwarmers, shoe covers, skull cap, a thin long-sleeve compression shirt, thin polyester jacket, 3 granola bars & a ziploc of dried fruit with room for a little more. Again, after cinching all this down, the pack was largely unnoticeable. It wasn't bothersome on a 45-50 degree ride, but the back of my shirt (2 layers) was visibly sweaty when I took it off. I considered purchasing a 2L camelbak bladder to use in a no name hydration pack that had more zippers & better interior pockets, which would have cost a total of $60. I do not know which pack can hold up better long term, but I hope the Hydrapak is better quality in regards to construction. For $40, this is a great pack with a highly rated bladder which allows me to grudgingly overlook the lack of interior zippers. On Hydrapak's website, they have what looks like a alternate/newer model of the Reyes in a tri-color scheme (mine is black/grey) which may or may not have better interior organization. They also show videos loading up the bag. Pros: Price ($60-90 elsewhere) Not too large nor too small Very comfortable Large(3L), quality bladder w/lifetime leak warranty Hose clips in/out of bladder for easy fill/clean Cons: Lack of zippered interior pockets Small pockets Lack of magnet clip as described