CamelBak Adult-Unisex Rim Runner 22 Backpack
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- The brand new Crux delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for easier refilling, and an on/off lever that makes it easy to prevent leaks.
- Breathable air mesh back panel for a lightweight, comfortable fit
- Load bearing hip belt with cargo has open mesh to maximize breathability and keep essentials within easy reach
- Main compartment and separate essentials pocket organizes your lunch, gear and one day peak ascent needs.
- Stretch overflow exterior pockets for quick stash access
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Men's Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack
For years, the Rim Runner has been a favorite all-around pack for day hikers. The updated design offers a clean, technical aesthetic, 2.5 liters of hydration, and a hip belt with cargo pockets that let you grab snacks or keys without removing your pack. It’s designed to carry enough gear for most day hikes (layers, lunch, water and essentials) without the bulk of extra features that you won’t need.
|Women's Helena 20 Hydration Pack||Men's Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack||Women's Daystar 16 Hydration Pack||Men's Cloud Walker 18 Hydration Pack||Arete 22 Hydration Pack||Arete 18 Hydration Pack|
|Hydration Capacity||2.5L / 85 oz.||2.5L / 85 oz.||2.5L / 85 oz.||2.5L / 85 oz.||2.5L / 85 oz.||1.5L / 50 oz.|
|Cargo Capacity||17.5L / 1060 cu in.||19.5L / 1180 cu in||13.5L / 820 cu in||15.5L / 940 cu in||19.5L / 1180 cu in||16.5L / 1000 cu in|
|Converts to Reservoir Sleeve||✓||✓|
|Load-Bearing Hip Belt with Cargo Space||✓||✓|
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UPDATE: I have used it several times now, and I still love it. For a hike/campout I hooked a tent at the bottom, sleeping bag to the back, and stuffed a hammock and a few other things inside. Also use it when biking pretty often, when I need to carry a few extra things to work.
The only real hint of innovation was adding tiny pockets onto the waist belt, that aren't good for a whole lot. They're small enough there aren't many things you can fit in them. Aside from that I would say just about every other feature that matters to me is WORSE on this pack than my old version. It claims to be 22L but it holds less gear than my old Rim Runner which is rated as having smaller capacity. I'm guessing they are counting the oddly shaped external "compression" pocket as storage, but it's pretty worthless if you're using this in an active environment because you can't trust it to secure any items you stuff in there. So that leaves you with one large pocket and a mini pocket on the top where you can fit small things like keys, cell phone, etc. Even this compartment is smaller than it was previously, though.
Now, I could forgive the failings in storage if they had improved in other areas, but they haven't. I'm not certain how people can rate this pack as comfortable because if you're using this as a day pack with even a somewhat reasonable load in it, you're going to notice after a while. The back panel no longer has air venting (which it had previously) so it sits flush against your back, so pretty soon you're going to want to unlatch the waist belt and loosen the shoulder straps so your back can air out a bit. But the shoulder straps have such thin padding on them that it will not carry the weight comfortably on your shoulders without the waist belt. Both the back and shoulder padding are thinner than they were previously. They're thinner than the generic backpack I use for class.
Honestly, I could go on but this pack is not worth $100. I've been a CamelBak customer for years, and quite frankly I doubt I will ever buy another pack from them in the future. Their customer service is great, but the total failure to innovate with their products (and to even make them worse in many important ways) has lost my business. I would return this product in a heartbeat, but unfortunately I purchased it to take on a trip where we were gone for over a month and am outside the return window.
For reference, I used this pack on several 20+ mile hikes and during multi-pitch rock climbing. It's performance was noticeably worse than my previous Rim Runner and is a big part of why I am rating this product so harshly. For casual users it could be a decent option, but for the price you can find something much better to suit your needs.
The water bladders seems to be the point of issue in many of these reviews and there seems to be a small trick to the cap. There are two sets of threads on the cap and when one isn't seated properly, one set of threads will lock in and it will seem closed but leak like crazy. The simple fix is to turn the screw cap counter clockwise until it seats fully and then tighten. I have had no problems with my reservoir.