The new ALPS Mountaineering Hydro Trail 17 is quite comfortable and practical for those upcoming day trips hiking trails this spring and summer. I really like the suspended frame, as it sits away from you to help your back breath on strenuous outings. The side pouches accommodate standard water bottles well, without a lot of extra play. You will find that a lot of packs have quite a bit of play in this area and your water bottles just keep falling out, making it inconvenient for those that don’t like to use a hydration reservoir.
On moderate to easy hikes, I generally choose not to buckle my waist belt, however, it is the perfect size so that it doesn’t flop around from side to side. With a little more active use when hitting the trails for a run, you will find the need to fasten the waist belt. I found this transition easy to do while hiking and then picking up the pace for a trail run.
This handy little pack comes in at 1,038 cu. in. and the overall weight right at 2 lbs. 5oz. which is a perfect go-to, small pack that anyone would be pleased with. It’s one of those packs you would find handy even to keep in your vehicle, for those necessities you don’t want to be left without.
The Hydro Trail 17 hydration pack from ALPS Mountaineering allows you to stay hydrated, while keeping your essential gear with you. The ALPS 3-liter hydration bladder comes complete with a bite valve for hands-free hydration. Padded breathable mesh shoulder straps keep your shoulders from getting fatigued, while the sternum strap keeps the pack close to you for easy carry. The front organizer pocket features side compression straps to give you the ability to customize the size and position of your load. The brushed polyester fabric is durable and quiet and comes with a full rain cover to keep your gear dry during those sudden summer down pours.
So, if you’re in the market for a new lightweight pack that gets the job done on those day outings, this is one to put on your list to checkout. Whether it is for leisure, strenuous hikes or trail runs in the backcountry, the Hydro Trail 17 will not disappoint. It will definitely exceed your expectations.