First let me say I have not taken this out yet and put it through the **** I typically put gear through, but on first impression I'm very happy with it.I bought this because it is very similar to a bag I have from a better known brand, but that brand doesn't offer it in a bright orange. I was expecting a cheaper knockoff of my other bag but its not. In fact after closer inspection I have a feeling these may be made in the same factory, just with different labels.Good: It seems very well made for the price. I pay close attention to zippers and stitching when I buy gear. I like the way its designed, where and how the straps, pockets and connection points are laid out. Very happy with it.Bad:I would like it if the side mesh pockets were a little deeper, and if there was a little more padding on the shoulder straps, but it's not that big so it is pretty hard to get that much weight in there anyway.
I really like this Osage River Drake Hydration Pack. It can be really tricking finding the right size hydration pack depending on your activity and that is the main thing I would like to focus on... For the most part, most hydration backpacks are too dang small to hold anything... I like to have a couple different hydration backpacks reserved for different activities... I wanted one exclusively for hiking and one for cycling... To start with.. I ended up realizing through trial and error that the ideal hydration backpack for cycling is a minimalist design with no space for anything but a hydration pack.. Probably why many are so small. That way less is on your back minimizing excess back sweat. Thus that would rule this Osage River Drake Hydration backpack out for cycling, in my opinion, bike pannier bags can make up for less backpack.However, I think this one is perfect for hiking... Having the extra space for hiking essentials. I keep this bag packed with binoculars, a nice heavy duty poncho, umbrella (I learned the hard way don't ever go hiking without an umbrella and poncho!), gps, multi-tool, whistles (extras just in case, the built in one is super nice and loud), and a few extra emergency type items. I feel a good amount of space is left for filling up the hydration bladder and adding snacks and jacket inside or out, etc..Quality is great and I love the built in rain cover too!As far as the bladder is concerned: I don't think it is cool for people to give bad reviews on hydration backpacks just because of a ****** bladder... The main thing is the backpack and how good it is.... For this one, I never tried it, gave it straight to my mother-in-law as she doesn't depend on it as much as me. I replaced it with a higher quality bladder (3L by the way, fits like a charm).. I would probably say the bladder this one comes with is ******, just like most of the hydration backpacks... Again I haven't tested it to say this but one look at it made me conclude I won't bother with it. It is worth a little searching to find a more durable bladder with better connections, insulated tube, etc sold separately. But I figured that when I bought this backpack, not going to deduct a star for that.I would definitely recommend this as a hydration backpack for HIKING, which is what it is actually labeled and marketed for either way.
Great for hiking, long car rides, I wear it when I go biking also! Has several pockets to keep stuff in, zippers work great and is a fantastic product.