- Arete™ 18 Hydration Pack
With its lightweight materials and reversible, double-duty design, the Arête™ 18 is one of the most versatile packs we make. When you’re not wearing it, it reverses into an insulated reservoir sleeve—perfect for holding your water supply steady inside a larger pack. Ready for a quick hike? Just flip it right side out, and you’ve got room for snacks, layers, essentials, and 1.5 liters of water. Its lightweight materials and packable design also make it an excellent travel bag that won’t add bulk to your luggage. We updated this version of the Arête with additional pockets to keep your gear organized, along with a removable sternum strap.
- Features the brand new Crux which delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for easier refilling, and an on/off lever that makes it easy to prevent leaks
- Reversible design converts into an insulated reservoir sleeve
- Ultralight and compressible materials
- Removable sternum strap for a custom fit
- Secure zippered pocket for essentials
Hydration Capacity: 1.5L/50 fl oz
Hydration Type: CRUX™ Reservoir with Standard Exit Port
BPA/BPS/BPF Free: Yes
Quick Link Disconnect: No
Gear Capacity: 16.5L/1000 cu in
Pack Weight: 300 g/0 lb 10 oz
Dimensions: 40.5 x 23 x 23 cm / 15.9 x 9.1 x 9.1 in
Fits torso: 38-53 cm/15-21 in
Back Panel: Padded Nylon
Waist Belt: N/A
Number of exterior pockets: 3
Includes a Crux reservoir, which delivers 20% more water per sip, with a self-sealing bite valve and ergonomic cap.
Crux On/Off Lever
Easy and intuitive, leak-proof On/Off lever. Water when you want it, none when you don't.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Deutschy89 from Worst thing I have bought from this company I am very upset this product appeared to work great then when I took it out instead of my trusty camelback blowfish it leaked all over me and my gear. I thought is was just the bladder sweating but there was water pooling in the bottom of the compartments. Don’t waste your money. They don’t make them like they used too. The pack function holds all my gear for a day trip. So that’s good but if the bladder doesn’t hold water that’s a problem. I’m going to buy a new bladder hopefully with the quick link cause the barbed fittings keep pulling on me I have no clue why. I will post a new review after I do that
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by Dede17 from Great Utilitarian Pack I recently purchased this pack to take to Bottlerock. It was very functional I was able to fit my essentials, hat, phone, sunblock and a sweater. I would recommend this pack for short term use. It's versatile for hikes or any outdoor activity that will require a few hours. The only problem for me was that by the second day of using the water reservoir (constantly) the circle lining that goes on the lid detached from the circular lid and my water leaked. This became a minor nuisance especially at a music festival when you're trying to just be on your way to the next event. It took me about 10 minutes to readjust the lining and it fixed the problem. However, this made me think this item is not as durable as I was hoping. I was able to fix the water lid by popping the lining back into place, but when I have more time and money I will probably invest my resources on something more durable.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kway from I love it! Bought this for a music festival but ended up using it all the time. It serves as a great backpack and I drink a lot more water now! What you get for the price (compared to the other ones) is great. It holds a decent amount of items. Would like one more zip pouch.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by Markt from Lightweight and minimalist Great size for up to a couple of hours day hike, can hold a rain jacket, lightweight shell, some food along with your hydration needs. And it leaves out the extra features I never use.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cervenka from Worthless product. I used this product once. The bladder leaks. A lot. I was soaked, everything in the pack was soaked, and I had nothing to drink, so I was worse off than if I'd just carried a water bottle to begin with. Camelbak used to be reliable--what happened? This product failed on its very first outing.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by Knackers from everything is great about Camelbak This product is awesome. l had one, but the mistake l made was l left mine hanging on a hook in the shed with a mars bar inside it and the rats chewed through the bag and zippers and completely destroyed it. Not happy. l,ll just have to buy another. Worth every cent. l have purchased other cheaper brands and the bladders leak in every one of them or the zips break. Don,t cut corners by trying to buy inferior/cheaper products. You get what you pay for. Camelbaks are 10/10. Value for money. l have learnt by my mistakes. Camelbak Quality is KING.
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by Outfitter from Stuff it Awesome backpacks I have owned several camelbacks I gave this one as a gift to my 18-year-old niece she loved it
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by Debo from Already leaking a lot on use #2 I was very excited to purchase this hydration pack, as I have never had one and hate carrying water bottles. I live in a very hot climate, where it is easy to overheat if you don't drink enough water. As of the second use, just as other people's reviews have stated, the bladder pack started to leak.... A LOT. The entire bottom of my pack filled up with water. Very disappointed. As far as the pack itself, it has a great deal of space for it's size, and is lightweight.
Date published: 2020-08-15