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I vacillate between the benefits of carrying a hydration system in my pack and carrying water bottles outside of my pack. Last year, I bought a Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s (HMG) Porter 4400 backpack for my large-volume pack. At the time I ordered it, I had the option to add a hydration sleeve and port, but decided against it. I must confess that since then, I have cut a port into my pack.

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