The pack is an excellent lightweight entity, that makes use of light materials and a minimalist design, for a pack that seamlessly conforms to your back, for superb comfort and conformability. It’s meant for everyday adventures, with enough capacity, features and pockets for long forays into the backcountry. The feathery light pack all but disappears while being worn, and it uses nylon fabric, a softly padded and flexible back, and comes with their excellent Antidote Reservoir.
CamelBak Charge 450
The Charge 450 is made with 70D ripstop and 210D nylon that has been coated with Polyurethane for water resistance, and utilizes their Lightweight Exoskeleton (LE) back panel and Ultra-light 3D mesh Independent Suspension system with a 25 mm wide 840D lightweight tape hip belt with cargo pockets. The main compartment is accompanied by a front pocket, an upper padded media pocket, a XC helmet pouch, a rear hydration compartment, and two pouches on the hip belt. The main compartment is roomy, and the useful clamshell opening makes it easy to access items. The main zipper is long enough that you can grab things that are stashed part way down, without having to open and unclip everything. The front pocket has space for multiple items, and the media pocket is perfect for an iPhone or a small point-and-shoot camera. I liked having the separate rear hydration compartment, as it keeps things isolated, and makes it easier to take the reservoir in and out while the pack is still fully loaded. It has two lower compression straps, and another set with a quick-release buckle that pulls down from the helmet pouch. The pack has a 12.5 liter capacity, and includes their 100 oz (3 L) Antidote reservoir with the Quick Link hose connection system. The pack comes in three colors, Lime Punch/Graphite (tested), Formula One/Frost Grey and Moroccan Blue/Frost Grey, weighs in at 450 grams and retails for $99.