Field test results: After spending a
few months riding with Hydrapak’s
largest offering, the Jolla, we were
impressed with how well it carried its
weight, but realized we didn’t need
quite so much storage space. Enter the
The Tamarack is a good size for an
average trail ride. The 100-ounce
reservoir holds plenty of water for
three to four hours of riding, and the
pack itself has enough storage for all
the spare tubes, tools and food we
would ever want to carry, plus room
for a light jacket and knee and arm
warmers. The compartment layouts
are logical and accessible, and the
upper compartment fits an iPhone
The straps and back padding are
both comfortable, and while we liked
the idea of the easily removable waist
strap, we left it on for extra stability.
The secure straps, along with the light
weight of the Tamarack, mean that
you don’t fight it through corners or
over rough terrain. It simply stays connected to your body.
The Elite reservoir is an upgrade
compared to many other reservoir
designs. Our favorite aspect is the baffle that runs down the middle, which
helps it maintain a low profile and
keeps it from shifting around as water
sloshes from side to side.
Hydrapak decided to go with a standard hose clip rather than the magnetic one found on other models. This
won’t be an issue for many, but it was
a bit of bummer for us after coming
from the Jolla, which had the magnetic
option. Thankfully, the clip is available for $6 from Hydrapack.
The Tamarack has become one of
our go-to hydration packs for standard
trail rides. The Tamarack is versatile.
It can maintain a low profile if you
don’t need to carry much or it can
expand if you’re up for a full day in
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