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Camelback under hardshell?

post #1 of 9
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I recevied this small backpack water bag with hose from my office CEO a few years back. I only used it once, does anyone here wear these under their hardshell over your midlayer insulation while skiing?

 

My only concern is the water might freeze, and or I might burst the bladar hydration pack leaning back on it riding the chair lift. What do you guy's think? Will my body temp keep the water warm? Do these tend to burst if leaned against on a char life? Anyone have real life trial and error experience?

 

Thanks!

 

See picture below to see my water backpack appearence:

 

http://www.rei.com/skuimage/733842/220

post #2 of 9

It will be fine worn over your coat. You might want to pick up a insulated hose cover.

post #3 of 9

You should be fine with it outside your coat, just remember to make sure all the ends of the straps are tied up- you wouldn't want one getting caught on the chairlift somehow.

 

Besides an insulated hose, the best thing you can to do to keep the water from freezing is to blow air into the tube after you're done drinking. This will force the water back into the bladder, and out of the hose. As far as learning back on it on the chair lift, as long as you get the excess air out of the bladder, it is very unlikely to pop.

 

I've skied with mine in Vermont when it was -5F without windchill and only had trouble once because there was still some water remaining in the mouthpiece. After some time warming up in the lodge it was fine.

 

This year I picked up some sugar-less flavor tablets from Camelbak during a sale. I'd like to say it was to put more particles into solution to depress the freezing point but I hate the taste of tap water that is not my own biggrin.gif. If you want to put anything besides water in it just be sure to wash it out really well afterwards and hang it upside down to dry (with the mouth piece removed). It is very easy for mold to grow in there- and it's a pain to get out.

 

I'm sure my Camelbak has more than paid for itself by now.. I usually throw a few protein bars in it for lunch and avoid the overpriced resort food.

 

Happy skiing smile.gif

 


Edited by sillie - 12/9/11 at 4:57pm
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Thanks for the detailed advice! I'm with you on the over price grease food, nasty... I'm planning to pack some whole grain peanut butter and honey sandwiches in the small back pouch. One of the reasons I love this over a school bag is its small size and obviously the thought of using the hose without fiddling with zippers for a water bottle. Cheers
post #5 of 9

Word,   Water bottle.   A bottle will freeze just as easily as a bladder but a  little less likely to burst, and of course no hose, and they cost a dollar.   Just get a decent bottle, I have always just used what ever water bottle I had, and last year I had an arrowhead water in my pack and it burst open on a hard landing, my pants were soaked!  Not that it slowed me down or anything but sucked none the less.  

post #6 of 9

Platypus flexible water bottle with pull cap to drink from REI.  Holds a liter; costs about $14.  Put in your backpack with your lunch/extra layer or fill halfway and fold it into your pocket.  I have one and recommend it. http://www.rei.com/product/768123/platypus-plusbottle-1-liter-water-bottle-with-pushpull-cap


Edited by Dino - 12/10/11 at 6:40am
post #7 of 9

This has pretty much ended up being the holy grail for me as far as hydration goes.

 

http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/product/mens_1/3l100_oz._hydraform_reservoir_1

 

It's designed not to bulge on the side that faces your back, so it doesn't deform your pack. Bite valve closes when you angle it straight, and it has a handle that makes it a breeze when your trying to fill it.

 

threw on a neoprene sleeve and slotted it perfectly in the Dakine Heli that i always wear.

post #8 of 9

I sometimes wear a small camelpak under my shell.  No problems with that.

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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

This has pretty much ended up being the holy grail for me as far as hydration goes.

 

http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/product/mens_1/3l100_oz._hydraform_reservoir_1

 

It's designed not to bulge on the side that faces your back, so it doesn't deform your pack. Bite valve closes when you angle it straight, and it has a handle that makes it a breeze when your trying to fill it.

 

threw on a neoprene sleeve and slotted it perfectly in the Dakine Heli that i always wear.


This.  I haven't used mine skiing yet, but I've logged a whole lotta hiking miles with my Osprey hydration reservoir.  Super comfy; as ecimmortal says, it maintains its shape in the pack and doesn't barrel out.

 

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