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Looking for a hydration pack that I can use for riding, running, snowboarding and (by removing the bladder and putting it into my travel pack) backpacking across Europe.

My requirements are pretty simple:

  • Small
  • 2L capacity (or around that mark)
  • Light
  • Minimal - no extra storage or other bells and whistles are necessary
  • Reasonably strong/good quality

What do you recommend?

At this stage I'm interested in this bag by Deuter.

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I don't see anything wrong with that bag. Buy it. Try it. Don't like it, return it. – Ryan Miller Jun 29 '11 at 11:41
Seems like Deuter is among the top brands along with Camelbak. Check out this round-up, – Tony R Jul 14 '11 at 15:09

I find Camelbak ( very simple and elegant, and from my own experience after using Camelbak in military activity for a couple of years now I can absolutely recommend it.

Example for your requirements: even though it is for 3 litres.

I don't know Deuter from your link and can't say what's best.

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

I ended up going with a Viper 4 by Osprey, which is quite small (only enough extra room for keys/phone, and to attach helmet on the outside). It comes with the best bladder/hose/bite valve system I've seen. Got it on special at Paddy Pallin in Melbourne for $70.

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