|CamelBak Octane 18X Hydration Pack||$80.00 - $120.00|
|CamelBak Octane 18X 100 oz.||$95.96 - $108.00|
|CamelBak Octane 18X 100 oz. Hydration Pack Skydiver/Egret at SunnySports||$107.99|
|CamelBak Octane 18X Hydration Backpack-Engine Red/Silv||$118.99|
What I like is this is a lightweight pack that can open up and expand its capacity to a decent size day pack, possibly overnight depending on your definition of ultra lite. The pack has a lot of adjustment capability. It can also accomodate ice tools and or some trek poles depending on how creative you want to get. I like to go shirtless on the trail most of the time and felt the material on the back side is a little abrasive. the pockets on the hips are nice and easy to access while on the go. The waist-belt is really nice on this pack. I don't like the dainty feel of this waist belt. I like a big thick belt like a pack. The shoulder straps did not work for me either. I could not seem to get the pack to sit right on my shoulders and there was a little too much bounce no matter how I adjusted it. The bladder is easy to access to refill, but I am not big on the bladder designs of Camelbak. I think they can be hard to fill so I really just don't like them. I think I prefer platypus bladders and salomon makes a pretty mean bladder as well. All in all this can get the job done, but left me wanting so much more. I think Camelbak can do better than this one!
Not much ventilation channels on the back.
It sits almost flat on your back and absorbs your sweat. it could use a couple more pockets or dividers in the main compartment. The waist strap is small, but works ok. The expsansion pocket works great.
Very light for the size. The 100 oz bladder system works well.
I wish it had more back ventilation!
I'll buy something else next time.