When I partially tore my Achilles tendon in August it put more than a few things on hold. One was my review of two separate Camelbak products. I had used them both on a couple of occasions but hadn't fully had a chance to test them further. Fortunately, I have healed up, taken both packs out on some runs/hikes and am happy to share my thoughts on both.
Cloud Walker 18
There are no external zippered pockets which might be a little bit of a drawback bu there is a mesh sidepocket on either side of the pack for a bottle or camera or things which need to be more accessible. But since the pack is not necessarily made to be one where you are grabbing and replacing while moving at a high-speed, this is not much of a problem.
It comes with a 2 liter Antidote® Reservoir which is ample for any type of adventure you might with to take it on. It is sturdy and hardy without feeling too heavy or starchy. There is no waist belt on this pack which I found to be actually better for hiking. I plan on doing a little more vertical climbing when I am hiking versus running and as such would be bent over more. Not having a waist belt freed up my big gut. This is one solid product, especially for just $80.
This is a big boy and I loved it. Coming standard with 3 liter Antidote® Reservoir The Fourteener is ready to do more than I have put it through. With multiple lash points for ice axes, trekking poles or other gear this is a pack meant to go hard.
Because it comes with a separate zippered opening, the reservoir can be easily refilled without removing it from the pack. Again, like with the Cloud Walker this is not necessarily a pack you will be using for speed running through the Grand Canyon but not having to shuffle everything around to get to your bladder is a nice touch.
The side compression straps helped keep the entire load stabilized which was extremely appreciated even though I wasn't ever packing it to full capacity. Also there are a coupe of external zippered pockets to allow you to throw items in which you might need to take in and out more often.
As it comes with a few more bells and whistles than the Cloud Walker it has a higher price tag at $145 but I think anyone who uses the pack would say that is well within its worth.