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CamelBak Sequoia 24 Review

A solidly made pack with an included hydration bladder for those who value durability
CamelBak Sequoia 24
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Price:  $155 List | $130.42 at Amazon
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Pros:  Comes with hydration bladder, solidly constructed, carries a heavy load
Cons:  U-shaped top opening is small, some pockets are less convenient, hip belt is awkward
Manufacturer:   CamelBak
By Madison Botzet & Maggie Nichols  ⋅  May 13, 2022
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  • Comfort - 25% 6.0
  • Versatility - 25% 6.0
  • Weight - 15% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6.0
  • Durability - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

The CamelBak Sequoia 24 is a solid performer that does a great job masking the weight of a heavy load with its robust hip belt system. With a good-sized 24-liter storage capacity, durable construction, and an included 3-liter hydration bladder, the Sequoia 24 performs well across the board. We found that its dual-wing hip belt feels cumbersome and overbuilt in most situations, though it does a good job of distributing weight to the hips and allows you to carry a heavier load.

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Pros Comes with hydration bladder, solidly constructed, carries a heavy loadLarge capacity for versatile uses, great back ventilation, adjustable torso, included rain coverGreat features and pockets, easy to use, adjustable torso lengthGreat ventilation, backpack-like comfort, useful pockets and attachments, well built, intuitive useGreat access to your gear, big pockets, simple yet versatile
Cons U-shaped top opening is small, some pockets are less convenient, hip belt is awkwardRuns small, heavy, easy to overstuff for average day hike needsWater bottle pockets are a bit small, front stow pocket is a bit smallOne size only, heavyUnsupportive hip belt, not the most breathable back panel
Bottom Line A solidly made pack with an included hydration bladder for those who value durabilityLook no further for one of the most comfortable daypacks in our test group for heavy loads and big days outThis pack can comfortably do-it-all with excellent features, strong durability, and impressive adjustabilityAll the comfort and security of a full backpack in a bite-sized daypackA durable, versatile pack that's both easy to use and easy on your wallet
Rating Categories CamelBak Sequoia 24 Gregory Jade 28L Osprey Tempest 20 Gregory Juno 24L REI Co-op Trail 25...
Comfort (25%)
6.0
10.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Versatility (25%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Weight (15%)
6.0
5.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Ease of Use (25%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Durability (10%)
9.0
8.0
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9.0
Specs CamelBak Sequoia 24 Gregory Jade 28L Osprey Tempest 20 Gregory Juno 24L REI Co-op Trail 25...
Measured Weight 36 oz. 42 oz. 31 oz. 31 oz. 30 oz.
Volume/Capacity 24L 28L 20L 24L 25L
Back Construction AirSupport(TM) backpanel; mesh covered foam panels with air flow channels Crossflow suspension AirScape backpanel; large spaced horizontal padding bars covered by large-holed mesh VaporSpan ventilated mesh HDPE framesheet
Hydration External hydration sleeve and 3L Crux reservoir included Internal hydration sleeve External hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve Inner hydration sleeve
Hipbelt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, removable
Compartments 2 1 1 1 1
Rain Cover No Yes No No, but DWR finish Yes
Additional pockets 6 6 8 6 5
Outside Carry Options Trekking pole and ice axe attachments, side pocket, expandable overflow pocket, hip belt pockets (one zip, two stretch), daisy chain, hydration hose clip External stretch pocket, trekking pole holders, ice axe attachement, sunglasses loop and bungee, hip belt pockets, hydration hose clip Lidlock helmet attachment, trekking pole quick-stow, large stretch front pocket, ice tool loop with bungee tie-off, side pockets, hip belt pockets, sunglasses shoulder stow, bike light loop Lare exterior stretch pocket, 2 stretch side pockets, 2 zippered hip belt pockets, 1 zippered pocket, hiking pole storage, ice axe loop Pole fasteners, side mesh pockets with elastic enclosure
Whistle No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Key Clip Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Materials 420D oxford nylon 210D nylon body, 420D nylon bottom 70D x 100D nylon body, accent and bottom 420HD nylon packcloth 210D Honeycomb Cryptorip nylon, 420D reinforced bottom Recycled nylon
Notable Features Hydration bladder included, hydration pocket has blue zipper pull, removable metal stiffening rod in center of back. multiple pockets in both hip belts, several internal stretch pockets, U-shaped top zipper Adjustable torso length, internal pocket, cinch straps, sunglasses quick-stow Helmet attachment, trekking pole quick-stow, sunglasses quick-stow, bike light loop, shoulder strap pocket, stowable ice axe loops Sunglasses stow loops, hydration hose attachment, trekking pole attachment Ability to add REI Trail 2 Waistpack for more storage, contoured foam harness, raincover included, bottom is reinforced to be abraison resistant

Our Analysis and Test Results

The CamelBak Sequoia 24L is a women's specific daypack made of 420-Denier oxford nylon with an AirSupportâ„¢ back panel and dual-wing hip belt. It comes in a single size meant to fit 15 to 19-inch torsos. We previously tested the 22-liter version, and this one is meant to fit 24 liters of gear and includes a 100-ounce (3-liter) hydration reservoir housed in a dedicated bladder pocket.

Performance Comparison


CamelBak Sequoia 24 daypack womens - the sequoia 24 is a decently comfortable pack even with a heavy load...
The Sequoia 24 is a decently comfortable pack even with a heavy load for long distances.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


The CamelBak Sequoia 24 has a dual-wing hip belt that compresses your load to your body — but at the cost of an awkward fitting process. Its shoulder straps are both padded and ventilated with mesh covering strategic holes through the supportive foam. The adjustable sternum strap is convenient and helpfully placed to add comfort rather than make us ladies feel awkward with inconvenient chest placement.

CamelBak Sequoia 24 daypack womens - the sequoia has a unique dual-wing load-tightening hip belt system...
The Sequoia has a unique dual-wing load-tightening hip belt system that our testers found to be cumbersome to adjust.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

CamelBak's AirSupportâ„¢ back panel combines a removable stiffened core with numerous wide channels left between foam panels that maintain decent airflow. However, the back padding was not nearly as comfortable as other packs we tested. The padding dug into our testers' backs and shoulders after only a few moments of being on. The hip belt is comfortable once you get it on, but it is awkward and uncomfortable if you aren't able to adjust it correctly.

Also, it's a little too easy to overstuff, particularly with a full load and a full 3-liter hydration bladder, which then pushed the back of the bag against you, closing off those key airways and feeling slightly lumpy and a bit awkward against your body. And if you want a daypack you can easily wear with or without the use of the hip belt, the Sequoia's dual-wing system is almost impossible to wear conveniently without clipping the hip belt, as those two dual wings splay wildly to each side if not attached to each other. But for a fairly comfortable weight-bearing daypack, the Sequoia 24 is in the middle of the pack.

Versatility


The CamelBak Sequoia 24 has plenty of pockets inside and out. A separate hydration pocket is easily identifiable by its blue zipper pull and comes with the super convenient CamelBak 3-liter bladder and all the necessary holes and clips to manage the hose. A small zippered, fleece-lined pocket on the outside holds sensitive items that shouldn't be scratched. One side holds two large mesh sleeves that could accommodate oversized smartphones, but testers found that since there's no way to secure the pockets, we wouldn't want to put our phones in there anyway. The other side has a large zippered pocket that fits a surprising number and array of objects including compasses, granola bars, and even a whole apple. One side has an adjustable bungee loop with a hook that can easily stow trekking poles.

CamelBak Sequoia 24 daypack womens - this pack has plenty of pockets, loops, hooks, and other features to...
This pack has plenty of pockets, loops, hooks, and other features to keep you organized while you're out.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

While the dual-wing hip belt does cinch the bulk of your load close to your back, the pack lacks any additional straps to help tighten down the top of the bag. The side pocket for an extra water bottle is located on the same side as the trekking pole attachment, which effectively makes it so you can only use one of these features at a time. We'd love to see a second water bottle pocket on the other side of the bag. And while this bag has useful features and pockets for full-day hikes, it's so specific to hiking that we have a hard time enjoying it on a bicycle commute or as a travel bag (when we don't want to use the hip belt). For cross-sport and multi-use applications, there are more versatile daypacks out there. But for pretty much anything a day hike might throw your way, the Sequoia 24 is equipped to handle.

Weight


All this padding and support comes at the cost of significant weight. The Sequoia 24 comes in at a whopping 43 ounces or 2.75 pounds, making it among the heaviest daypacks we tested. This weight does include both the 3-liter bladder (without this, the pack is its advertised weight of just 36 ounces) and the metal stiffening rod, both of which could be removed if you're into shedding ounces. No rain cover though, as the Sequoia doesn't have one integrated or stowed anywhere.

CamelBak Sequoia 24 daypack womens - despite its high initial weight, the sequoia easily carried...
Despite its high initial weight, the Sequoia easily carried everything we needed without feeling heavy.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Ease of Use


The Sequoia 24 comes in only one size, advertised to fit women with torsos 15 to 19 inches long from nape to hips. The sternum strap sits high across the chest and can easily and quickly move up or down to secure the pack across the most comfortable part of your chest. Pockets everywhere help keep you organized and hold the things you need quick access to within easy reach.

CamelBak Sequoia 24 daypack womens - we aren't fans of how small the u-shaped opening is on the sequoia...
We aren't fans of how small the U-shaped opening is on the Sequoia. It's harder to access and more difficult to use than previous versions of this bag.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Unlike the previous version of this bag, the Sequoia 22, the Sequoia 24 now features a U-shaped top zipper to access the largest main compartment. While this aesthetic may be more appealing to some, it's significantly less convenient to use because it is small. By limiting the zipper's range that previously extended down the side of the bag to only flipping open the top, it's much harder to locate items on the bottom of your pack without having to pull out things you've stashed at the top. This zipper configuration also limits the ease with which you can place oversized items in your bag — like a laptop, if you're a daypack commuter or traveler. In addition to that problematic shift, CamelBak has added a small fleece-lined pocket to the outside of this bag, which could be convenient but is executed in a way that makes it more of a liability. This little pocket is positioned exactly at the base of the top that flips open with the U-shaped main zipper, making anything you put inside this little pocket solidly in the way of accessing the main compartment. As that little pouch is fleece-lined, it begs to have sensitive-to-scratching items like sunglasses put inside, yet the placement of this loose, flapping pocket inside the pack makes anything you keep in it at risk of being damaged as you pull things from the main compartment. As much as we want to like this new pocket configuration, we much prefer the older, traditional over-the-top zipper style that makes it much easier to pack and access your main compartment items.

Durability


Made of thick, 420-Denier oxford nylon and strong, clean zippers, the Sequoia 24 radiates durability. Reinforced seams and sturdy materials bring confidence to this pack's ability to handle the trials of hard use. Even its color — somewhere between purple and grey — stays cleaner looking than the bright colors of many other women's bags.

CamelBak Sequoia 24 daypack womens - the sequoia is durable and strong.
The Sequoia is durable and strong.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Our only potential concern with this bag's durability might be in straining the zippers. Because the pockets and their zippered access points are a bit awkward and oddly placed and shaped, it's a little too easy to pack things unevenly in this bag, artificially straining zippers where there aren't compression straps to take on the tension. With that being said, the zippers — and the rest of the bag — showed no signs of failing during our field testing, this is just one potential concern we have for the bag after a prolonged amount of time and abuse.

Value


There's no way around it, the CamelBak Sequoia 24 is one of the most expensive daypacks we tested. What that extra money gets you is a durable bag and a hydration bladder to go with it. If you're a day hiker who needs plenty of pockets and a hydration bladder, the Sequoia might be for you.

CamelBak Sequoia 24 daypack womens - a redesigned back panel adds even more airflow than previous...
A redesigned back panel adds even more airflow than previous iterations of the Sequoia, but the padding placement isn't for everyone.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Conclusion


The Sequoia 24 is a dependable bag equipped to haul heavier loads without actually feeling like it weighs you down. It has some useful pockets and comes with a water reservoir and hose to keep you hydrated. Though its shape and dual-wing hip belt are less versatile for certain uses (like carrying a large laptop or wearing without using the hip belt), for earnest hikers who just want to hike, this pack might be for you.

CamelBak Sequoia 24 daypack womens - no matter where the trail may take you, the sequoia 24 will help you...
No matter where the trail may take you, the Sequoia 24 will help you get there.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Madison Botzet & Maggie Nichols
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