A 2.5L reservoir with leak proof bite valve that’s easy to pull water through and has no hard pieces to jar your teeth.
It's hard to beat the sub $20 price of this hydration pack. If you are just looking to strap some water to your back, this could very well be the guy.
Proving that not all hydration packs have to have bladders, the Sense Ultra 5 puts the bottles in the places you want while on long runs.
The hydration pack you need for staying hydrated as you blast over stumps, through banked turns and up shale slopes on your favorite mountain bike.
A minimalist hydration pack will fit beneath your ski jacket, and its 1.5 L reservoir with a neoprene hose cover keeps it insulated and protected from freezing.
All you need to realize the value of a hydration pack is digging into the bottom of your backpack. Instead of wading through all your stuff just to get a drink of water, wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to do any digging at all?
Hydration packs are designed with one of our greatest needs in mind—staying hydrated. Often equipped with reservoirs that rest on our back and drink tubes that hang out right near your face for easy access and hydration while you move.
Know Your Activity
It’s important to realize the kind of activity you will be doing with your pack. Do you need a pack for water only? Or are you going to be needing to carry gear along with you. What kind of activities will you be doing? If your primary concern is an activity with a lot of motion (running, biking) you’ll want to buy a pack designed to move with you in that specific activity. They’ll likely also have the right amount of pockets for the gear you need for that activity.
Finally, how much capacity do you need? If you’re in an area where potable water is readily available, a smaller bladder, like 1.5 liters should be plenty. But, if you’re going to be out adventuring for hours at a time, 2 or even 3 liter capacity could be a good idea.
How To Clean It
The scourge of any hydration pack is cleaning it. The easiest first step is to only put water in your hydration pack. But even with water, you should clean your reservoir regularly. You could and use 1-2 tablets for every liter. Let it sit for the recommended time, drain it through the drinking tube, and rinse out. Alternatively, you can accomplish a similar first stage cleaning by adding 2-5 drops of bleach per liter of water to your reservoir, let it sit for twenty minutes, then rinse twice.
Next, fill the bladder with warm water and a mild dish soap. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub the interior. To clear the drinking hose, tie knots along a skinny piece of twine or string and pull through the hose. Use a smaller brush to clean the bite valve and where the hose connects to the reservoir. Rinse a few times.
Next, let it air dry, make sure to put something in the reservoir to keep it open. Try a drinking glass or whisk, and hang the drinking tube so water can drip out. If you don’t like all of this improvising, that's built to clean hydration packs.
Finally, once its dried out and smelling fresh, fill with water, head out the door, and hydrate while you adventure.
CamelBak is a classic in hydration packs and the Rim Runner doesn’t disappoint. A 2.5L reservoir with leak proof (flick it open or closed with your thumb) bite valve that’s easy to pull water through and has no hard pieces to jar your teeth. It's not just a reservoir pack though, it’s a great day pack with 19.5 L of gear space, cargo pockets you can access without taking the pack off, and a padded hip belt. It's ready for your well-hydrated adventures.
It's hard to beat the sub-$20 price of this hydration pack. If you are just looking to strap some water to your back, this could very well be the guy. This guy comes with a 2L bladder with a mouthpiece that you pull out, like a cycling water bottle. Mesh adjustable straps, reflective aspects to keep you safe, and a small pocket for cell phone or keys.
Proving that not all hydration packs have bladders, the Sense Ultra 5 puts the bottles you need, in the places you want, while on long runs. The vest fits more like, well, a vest, than a backpack so it doesn’t bounce around even as you do. The chest mounted soft flasks won’t poke into your ribs, or pull you back, and you can easily drink from them on the go with plenty of capacity for two 500mL flasks. It also has pockets galore for the gear that’ll keep you safe and comfortable when running.
The hydration pack you need for staying hydrated as you blast over stumps, through banked turns, and up shale slopes on your favorite mountain bike. A 2.5 liter reservoir gives you enough hydration for hours of non-stop riding, and 8 liters of additional storage space for snacks, rain jackets so you stay dry, and whatever else you might need. A magnet keeps your bite valve right at your sternum strap, waist belt keeps the pack from riding up, and LidLock a bike helmet attachment keeps your hands free when you’re not on the bike.
A minimalist hydration pack that will fit beneath your ski jacket. With a 1.5 L reservoir, this Osprey bag's neoprene hose cover is insulated and safe from freezing. Adjustable neoprene covered straps keep it from getting wet, and its streamlined design won’t push you off the chairlift.
Sometimes you have the pack you like, prepped for hydration, and you just need that bladder. This Platypus has 3L of capacity, a leak proof reservoir, a massive slide opening for easy opening and closing, and a high point for hour hose to connect to so you don’t have to dig all the way to the bottom, or even pull the reservoir out of your bag.
A pack that’s as rugged as your next tactical adventure. With a 3L reservoir for staying in the field, it also comes with 20L of space for all the gear you need as well, including Molle webbing on front for attaching the gear for easy access. With an air detector back panel for breathability and that same great Camelbak bite valve, it's not hard to image why it's apparently a favorite of the SEALS.