Paddling, portaging and camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota.

Paddling, portaging and camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota.


We all know that hydration is key to a healthy and effective workout. While there are plenty of hydration packs on the market, Camelbak is still the reigning champ in this field. And they've proved it yet again in their latest line of products. We reviewed the Ultra 10 model, which is one designed for runners but also works well for paddlesports due to the lightweight water wicking fabric and mesh construction. The harness is fully adjustable and comes with plenty of space to carry extras like rain gear and snacks. The reservoir holds a whopping 2 liters (that equals 4.4 pounds) making it one of the bigger sizes in the Camelbak lineup. We really like the new carry handle on the reservoir that makes filling up much easier than in the past. The bite-valve also has a quick on/off selector that will keep the system from leaking all over your back seat. The pack did take some wrangling to get it over a PFD but for standup paddlers this pack makes perfect sense.

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The complete holiday gift guide from our editors.

Gear Aid ARC Rechargeable LED Light and Power Station

A multipurpose, rechargeable power station and LED light.

GoPro Hero 5 Black

An action cam with voice control, 4k video and a touch screen.

Bramble Camp Towel

A larger microfiber towel that still packs small.

Flannel Camp Wear

Flannel-lined work pants and a fleece-lined flannel shirt make the perfect gift of cold weather camp gear for a paddling dirtbag.

GSI's Glacier Stainless 8 Fl. Oz. Hip Flask

A convenient hip flask to boost your holiday spirit(s) in the backcountry.

Voormi River Run Hoodie

A gossamer-thin, made-in-the-USA merino wool sweater.

Xero's Z-Trek Lightweight Packable Sport Sandal

Lightweight sandals that fit easily into a kayak and wear well in any situation.

Therm-a-Rest and Grand Trunk Down Pillows

Two down pillow options for comfort campers and intrepid paddlers.

Practical Power Luminoodle Light Rope

An ultra-bright string of white LEDs to light up your life.

Alpine Laboratories Pulse Camera Remote

An intelligent camera remote that allows full control over your camera.

Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech Hammock

A durable hammock using a patented nylon blend.

Stocking Stuffers from UST

Small ticket items for intrepid campers.

Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger

The Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger is a small, portable battery to power your gadgets.


A packable tripod for lightweight photo adventures.

Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero

The Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero is the ultimate camp chair for light-and-fast adventures.

Platypus Meta Water Bottle and Filter

A soft-sided, packable water bottle with an integrated filter.