When hiking, besides boots, I feel a good backpack is essential. It should almost become a part of you. With so many options out there, I had a hard time deciding which one I would get. Seeing as we are dayhikers, I didn’t need a large pack. Price was also a concern, I didn’t want to spend too much. After some basic research I settled on the TETON Sports Oasis 1100 2 Liter Hydration Backpack.
I love this pack. It holds everything I need; keys, phone, wallet, first aid kit, rain coat, etc. with room to spare. While the pack is not large, it’s good enough for me on my hikes. It’s very comfortable to wear. The straps are comfortable on my shoulders, the chest strap and waist straps help maintain stability. The best part of packs these days? Gone are carrying water bottles, now most come with hydration bladders. The 2L hydration bladder that comes with this pack is the right size for me, I have yet to run out of water. Cleaning the bladder is a pain in the ass, but that’s the case with all bladders.
The only downsides to this pack that I can tell so far is that my back gets soaking wet. I don’t know if it’s condensation from the bladder, or poor ventilation, or both. Also, it can be small depending on what you are trying to put inside. Aside from those two things, there is nothing wrong with this backpack. It’s an excellent purchase and a great bang for the buck.