Haglofs Gram 15 Hydration Pack offers easy access to the hydration bladder via a separate pocket on the back panel combined with thoughtful features and a decent hipbelt.
Haglofs says: A low profile hydration pack designed for running, hiking and cycling.
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Haglofs' Gram 15 Hydration Pack is one of those rare things - a small rucksack with a hipbelt. Many running packs assume the load will be small and so a hipbelt is either omitted or is a simple webbing strap for stability. We subscribe to the view that a pack with a hipbelt or jerkin style harness will be much more stable and is therefore a better option for fast moving acitivites.
The stand out feature of the Gram 15 pack is the separate access from the rear back panel to the bladder compartment - this allows you to remove and insert a bladder much more easily than a conventional pack. The bladder then sits just inside the backpanel - there's a foam cushion between you and the bladder so you won't heat up the water. You should also make sure you choose a 'low profile' bladder - these have an internal baffle that keeps it in a flat square shape rather than a 'tube' of water which could render the pack uncomfortable when full.
The pack itself has a full set of features, the hipbelt pockets are good (zipped, stretch mesh) and there are two further stretch mesh pockets on the sides. There's a bungee arrangement for lashing other gear to the outside and then there's the main compartment of course. Internally there's also a mesh organiser pocket.
It's well made and full of neat stuff, and although its on the heavy side that's reflective of the rich feature set.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear