By Guest Writer
on 3.22.10

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By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Michael O’Brien

When it comes to stubborn New Englanders, hiking up in New Hampshire’s White Mountains is ideal. We’re all seeking the majestic, clear views these 4,000 footers have to offer but we often underestimate the preparation needed to tackle them.  A key to these hikes often overlooked by novices is the importance of staying hydrated – whether you think so or not, you should be drinking water throughout your hike. Nobody wants a big, bulky pack filled with heavy water bottles, so why not turn to the industry leader’s latest mid-range offering?

The Camelbak Octane 8+ ($70) is the ideal pack for the day hiker.  The Air Director technology on the back allows airflow between your back and the pack to prevent excessive sweat and moisture buildup. The pack comes with a 70 oz. (2 liter) bladder and plenty of additional storage for a sandwich, some additional fuel, and even a few extra layers if need be, depending on time of year.  The pack is comfortable, ergonomically sound and expandable, which is perhaps the pack’s best characteristic. It really serves a 4 in 1 purpose as well, as you can hike, bike, run and even ski on 20+ degree days (due to tube freezing without a protective liner) with this chameleon of Camelbaks.

Buy Now: $70