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Which Complete Hydration Day Pack System flawless?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
What is the best not a chance of freezing or leaking complete hydration daypack system.
I'm looking for a sweet pack and it is mandatory that it does not freeze. And will never ever leak! Would appreciate some feedback with the pack you use or used. Brand of pack any extra components needed etc..
post #2 of 17
I'm interested in this too...

And hopefully, it doesn't cost 100 dollars.

Best,
Chris
post #3 of 17
The Camelbak Stoaway is perfect for me. Slip it into your backpack, and you are ready to go. My wife doesn't ski with a backpack. She swears by the SnoBowl.
post #4 of 17
I never had any leaks with my mule and the insulated tube, but personally had more luck just keeping bottles of gatorade in the pack. Too many choke points on a tube to freeze up, especially if you ski out east.
post #5 of 17
Camelback bladder with insulated hose and synthetic bite valve insulator/cover... can go in many different daypacks' hydration pouches and can go into your hiking and cycling packs too.

just be sure to clean it regularly or it will taste like yo mammy's dirty socks.

**I should add that friends who've used the new DaKine Heli and forgot-the-name (similar but for MTB) packs swear they're the greatest hydration packs available right now. whether that reflects their admiration for the pack, or their rationalization to defeat the regret at having bought it, I don't know.
post #6 of 17
If you already have a small pack or something else to hold the container of fluid, then a $10 add on from Nalgene (1, 2, 3) is the best deal out there. Just connect a hose to one of their nearly indestructable bottles, say a big 2 or 4 liter one, and you have an instant hydration system. Bottles are easy to clean, too.

BTW, the bite valve in the second and third pictures is about the best I've seen. When you stop drinking, the fluid does not drain back out of the tube, there's no valve to turn on and off, your teeth do the work (you don't need to use your hands at all, great for MT biking), the valve is one way.

The Nalgene setup is the most robust I've had. (I have experience with several setups over the years, the only one that leaked was a bladder from Platypus). But the tube not draining may actually be a negative for cold weather use, more suspetible to freezing when exposed to cold temps. Can't really comment on that, I don't use it in the winter.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by glint
I never had any leaks with my mule and the insulated tube, but personally had more luck just keeping bottles of gatorade in the pack. Too many choke points on a tube to freeze up, especially if you ski out east.
That is what I started doing , putting bottles of water and gatorade in my pack. But I am looking for a day pack with the insulated non freeze non leak hose and bladder with it. All in one package kind of thing. My buddies got a lil sick of "hey you want to grab my water out of my pack", all day long
post #8 of 17
Combine a Dakine HeliPro (first link) and a Camelbak StoAway (second link). It won't freeze and its less than other combonations (its $75). I use this system and love it. I would suggest Camelbak's cleaning tabs as well. But act quick the deals below won't last.

1. http://www.gearguys.com/gear-guys/250027.html
2. http://www.travelcountry.com/shop/Ac...Type/Affiliate
post #9 of 17
I'm a fan of the hydration pack built into some spyder jackets (are they doing that anymore?). The bladder & tubing are under the shell, but outside the liner. I've never had a problem with freezing (except when I left it in the car overnight ) or with leaking. The problems with the spyder system are that it is rather small (only holds about 1.5 liters) and that it makes the jacket, and thus you, appear quite, um, 'bulky.' That, and the bladder location (left breast pocket) won't work at all if one is female and has generous bosoms...

I've had camelbacks leak (although I fixed that problem on my girlfriend's with a $.25 hoseclamp), but don't have enough experience to comment on the freezing possibility.

J
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkiStarr90
Combine a Dakine HeliPro (first link) and a Camelbak StoAway (second link). It won't freeze and its less than other combonations (its $75). I use this system and love it. I would suggest Camelbak's cleaning tabs as well. But act quick the deals below won't last.

1. http://www.gearguys.com/gear-guys/250027.html
2. http://www.travelcountry.com/shop/Ac...Type/Affiliate
Thats what i'm talkin about. Thanks for the effort!
post #11 of 17
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkiStarr90
hahahaha, I thought so to when i came across it the other night.

What are your thoughts on the Camelback Snobound? Know of anyone who uses it?
post #13 of 17
I just picked up a dakine helipro for backcountry touring (60 bucks on sale cause many ski shops, daddie's board shop in particular, in the PNW are trying to unload inventory from last year's dismal season.)and it has a special sleeve for keeping my platypus' tube from freezing. We'll see. Usually I just blow the water back into the bladder keeping the tube free from water. But altitude and air pressure can negate that at times.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
yeah the helipro is going to be the better and cheaper way to go I think. Looking for it in black right now to purchase.
post #15 of 17
I really like the MSR Hydromedary water packs:

http://www.msrcorp.com/hydration/hydromedary.asp

I've got one in my Arctyrx three-way back pack, which has a built in bladder sack. The hydromedary sack has never leaked on me, is easy to clean (can even turn it inside out, which really helps), and it's coated nylon and doesn't easily get stinky and crinkly. Valve is great, as well.

David
post #16 of 17
Any Backcountry Access pack will do the best job. I have a Dakine Heli w/ a Camelbak insulated reservoir and it has frozen on very cold days.
post #17 of 17
www.steepandcheap.com just had the CamelBak Snowbowl. You missed it!!!!
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