This CamelBak Fourteener 24 Hydration Pack Review is about the new version of the popular day pack which comes with a bonus 3-liter reservoir and some unique features in the suspension system.
Key features & benefits
- 3-liter Crux reservoir included.
- External insulated hydration compartment.
- Very advanced and unique back panel padding and ventilation design.
- Very durable construction.
Who is it for
This is a day pack for men, for fast and light hiking and mountaineering tours, or just for walks in nature. The pack is with 21 liters of volume in its compartments, plus 3 liters of volume in the separate external compartment with the included Crux bladder.
This is a panel loading type daypack, so you have a long zipper that goes over the top and on both sides. The main compartment is without any internal organization, see below, which is normal for such a small pack.
This is an important element of this pack, the new Crux bladder which delivers 20% more water per sip. It is equipped with an ergonomic handle and a very large opening for refilling and for cleaning, you can see it below. It is with an internal baffle, but I am surprised that there is no a loop or hook on the bladder and in the pack’s sleeve to hang the bladder.
It is with an on/off lever shown below, so you can easily prevent leaks. It is very convenient to have the bladder stored in its own external separate compartment so you do not have to mess with the rest of the gear when you refill it or you want to remove it.
Both these elements add value to the pack. The bladder and the lever costs around $40, just to know if you want to order it separately. The lever can also be ordered separately and it is around $10, you can see it here, not that it fits many reservoirs, not only this one.
Note that the bladder is also with its Quicklink System, which allows for removing it while the hose remains in place. More you can see in this video:
This is an advanced and innovative system, quite unique in the design. So you have two horizontal padded sections in the upper part and a lot of ventilation space around. They keep the pack completely separated from the back. This is what they call the NV back panel shown below.
The lumbar padding is unusually large for such a small pack, see the picture below. All these elements are with cut-outs for ventilation, and all are covered with a nice mesh.
The shoulder straps are also well padded and anatomical in design. The hip belt is with less padding and I am not impressed, but it is wide and probably good enough for this size.
This is a very flexible system without a true internal frame, so it allows for a freedom of movement for all sorts of outdoor activities. But remember that this pack is supposed to carry up to 11 kg of weight, so without a frame, I would not go to the limits.
There is no torso adjustment, bear this in mind. In the specifications below, you can see the range of the torso size for which this pack is suitable.
Load lifters are available, and you also have an adjustable sternum strap, so some adjustability is there.
Only one zippered pocket is available on the hip belt, you can see it above. On the front, you have a large and expandable space with a buckle on the top and connected with buckles with the upper side straps. So here you can store a lot of stuff and cinch it and fix properly.
There is yet another smaller zippered top pocket, and on the front is a large zippered pocket with several internal mesh pockets.
On both sides you have the usual stretch mesh pockets. So in total, you have 8 pockets and compartments with external access, plus several small internal pockets inside the front pocket.
Attachment elements and straps
The upper side compression straps are V-shape and this is the difference as compared with the Sequoia 22 model for women. You also have the lower side compression straps that run across the side pockets.
On the bottom, you have dual loops for trekking poles and ice axe attachment, and they are paired with bungee cords higher on the front. There is a carry handle on the top as well.
In this short video from CamelBak you can see the Fourteener series for men and the corresponding Sequoia series for women, so please have a look:
Pros & Cons
Here is my short summary:
The torso length is not adjustable, but this is not so unusual for the packs of this size. Though it comes with load lifters which allow for some adjustment. I cannot understand the purpose of having only one hip belt; the other side is just a useless empty space, pity.
At the moment of writing this text, the price is $145, so a bit expensive, but bear in mind the reservoir which is around $40. Note this is a Prime item on Amazon.
The Fourteener 24 has received a very high rating by users, and on Amazon, you can see a very impressive 4.6/5 average rating, See below how I rate this backpack:
My rating breakdown of the Camelbak Fourteener 24 Hydration Pack
- Best use: hiking, mountaineering.
- Weight: 1.2 kg (2 lb 9 oz).
- Volume: 21 + 3 L. Total 1450 cu in.
- Dimensions: 56 x 24 x 34 cm (22 x 9.4 x 13.4 in).
- Carry weight: 25 lb (11.3 kg).
- Torso fit: 43 – 53 cm (17 – 21 in).
- Waist fit: 71 – 116 cm (28 – 46 in).
- Included CRUX Reservoir 3 L (100 fl oz) with Quicklink System.
- BPA/BPS/BPF free.
- NV back panel.
- External access pockets and compartments: 8.
- Colors: 2.
Camelbak Fourteener 24 vs Competitors
In the table below you can see the Camelbak Fourteener 24 side by side with some other packs from the same size range, so you can get some idea how it stands.
*This is version 2017.
**Hydration bladder included.
The prices of the three packs at the moment of writing this text are, respectively, $145, 130, 130. So in view of the reservoir, the price of the Camelbak Fourteener 24 looks reasonable. Please check the links for updates.
To conclude this CamelBak Fourteener 24 Hydration Pack Review by stressing again that this is a reliable tool with a bonus reservoir and some nice features in the suspension system. The pack is very suitable for light and fast day trips, so do not carry too much stuff in it and it will perform well. For such a use, I can fully recommend it.
Note they have the version for women under the name Sequoia 22, with all basic features the same (just a few minor differences) but with some extra women-specific features in the design.
Thank you for reading. If you still need something different please check my page with packs below 35 liters, many top quality tools are presented there.
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