To conquer the big peaks, you need to be prepared for anything. With its perfect balance of weight, comfort, and maximum ventilation, the top-of-the-line Fourteener 24 takes hydration and organization to the next level.
I received this gift for my birthday, and it may just be my favorite gift to date. I have been looking for a daypack so I don't have to lug around my 65 on short hikes. This bag is amazing, it truly has every function that I was looking for plus more that I never even knew I wanted and now I couldn't live without.
I used my new Forteener 24 for the forst time yesterday at disneyland. The oack was great, it was loaded with the hydration bladder, additional water containers, snacks, sweatshirts etc. The pack carried well and was very comfortable. I removed and replaced the pack alot throughout the day, the straps stayed in place making it fast and easy to put back on. The straps also held while walking around.
The only negative I discovered was that the chest strap buckle was upside down, which made it uncomfortable unless I twisted the strap before buckling.
Had it for about 6 months, used it over the winter & spring in Maryland as well as a 2-week trip to western Colorado in May. It's been a great day pack, able to carry some extra clothes and a packed lunch while keeping me hydrated. The side pockets are the perfect size for a bike water bottle (for my dog when he goes along. The stuff pouch can hold a rain jacket or pants for when the weather turns. The smaller lined pocket at the top is good for keys and phone to keep them accessible and protected. The main pocket is cavernous, even with a full water bladder, and I'm pretty sure I could use this as an overnight backpack if I was hammocking. The zippered hip belt pocket is good for map/compass and maybe an energy bar if you need one. One feature that would be nice, that's on another brand pack of mine, is a small mesh pocket on the other side of the hip belt that I find useful for napkins/tissues/food wrappers so you can secure your small trash without having to take the pack off...but definitely not a deal breaker.
Bottom line - if you want a serious hydration daypack, this is the one to get.