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Camelbak Capo Hydration Pack

I purchased this Camelbak Capo because I wanted to have enough storage space to carry a few small items in addition to a hydration bladder. Specifically, I purchased this to take on my hike in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. I planned a day of exploring canyons near our base camp, and I wanted to have the convenience of a hydration bladder, but needed to be able to carry some food, long sleeve jacket, dslr camera, map, first aid kit, etc. The day hike basics. I was drawn to the Capo because they claim it only weighs 13.4oz. Another site said 1.65 pounds. My digital scale read 1 pound 15oz, so I was disappointed with the extra weight.


camelbak hydration pack capo 100oz 850cu
camelback capo hydration bladder and backpack

I didn’t use it with the Camelbak hydration bladder that came with it for two reasons. First, the water always tastes like plastic out of the Camelbak brand bladders, and second, I like my Osprey bladder better and that fits fine in the Capo. There’s a little clip for your bite valve on the shoulder strap to keep it in place, and this works with either bladder.

Waterfall on Big Dry Creek

Camelbak Capo in action – Gila Wildreness, NM

Storage wise, this pack can carry more than you’d think.  There are a lot of different sized compartments on the Capo which I really like. All of the straps on the pack can be rolled up and have a velcro strip at the end. This takes care of loose straps and keeps them out of your way. Not a big deal for hikers, but I think it’s designed more for bikers so I’m sure that’s more useful to them.

The pack is comfortable to wear and would be plenty large enough for many day hikers.


  • Hydration Capacity: 100 oz / 3 L
  • Total Capacity: 854 cu in. / 14 L
  • Weight: 1.65 lbs / .75 kg (I weighed mine at 1 pound 15oz)
  • Torso Length: 18 in. / 46 cm
  • Fabric: 600D Poly + 600D Poly ripstop with DWR + 1000mm PU coating


  • Lots of space
  • Comfortable
  • Many storage pockets and compartments


  • Heavier than advertised


Day hikers and mountain bikers will love this hydration pack because it can carry everything you need as well as 100oz of water. I like this pack and plan to use it on my future day hikes.


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