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post #31 of 39
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Even with blowback and an insulated tube, I had freezing problems. Then a valve broke on me once and soaked me. I switched to carrying a small Platypus bottle in my chest pocket and it's worked out great. I top it off whenever I go in for a pee break.
Another advantage of skiing trees is avoiding the head.

My 1/2 liter Platypus finally croaked and I tried the liter today in a chest pocket and it was better than expected for it's size. Another convenience of the water bottle is at some areas you can simply reload at hydration stations on the hill. Currently, looking for a 1/2 liter option more like an MSR bladder, versus the plastic Platypus. Any options out there?

Regarding the, freezing issue, under the jacket works best overall and my Osprey Switch pack has a leaner, removable bladder pack. With less water is usable under a bulky shell. Plus less to catch on chairs and trees. Another option is to sew in a hole and flap in a jacket for the tube from an external pack to route to the inside and around the front.
post #32 of 39
Tape a hand warmer to the mouth pice.
post #33 of 39
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Another thing you can do to keep it from freezing is to put hot water from the tap in your bladder which keeps the water above freezing for longer.
This may not be a good idea, thus the Mpemba effect. I've tried it all, and have not had any luck. Some of the methods have worked for short days or relatively warm (say...above 10). When I go backcountry/long days I bring:



Has not failed in subzero day trips or overnighters.
post #34 of 39

I have a new product I invented coming out in September 2010. Winter Water is a sleeve that wraps around the tube of any hydration system and will defrost a frozen tube in five minutes or less. No more worries or tricks to keeping hydrated in the coldest enviroment.

post #35 of 39


info please. i had a TNF heating element, is this similar?
 

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I have a new product I invented coming out in September 2010. Winter Water is a sleeve that wraps around the tube of any hydration system and will defrost a frozen tube in five minutes or less. No more worries or tricks to keeping hydrated in the coldest enviroment.

post #36 of 39

I had the same problem with an insulated CB.  The part that freezes is the mouthpiece because it's not insulated and the connection part is very narrow.  There's an easy fix though.

 

1. blow water back into the tube like others have suggested, then turn the ON/OFF switch into the OFF position.  The air should be trapped in the tube and so water can't get to the mouthpiece.  This solved the problem 80% of time, but sometimes it fails.  So...

 

2. on my CB, the tube goes from bladder on back through the shoulder strap and comes out.  I believe most are like this.  The shoulder strap is insulated.  It helps tremendously to remember to stick at least the mouthpiece back into the strap.  You don't even need to zip it up.  Using this with #1 properly made it so it never froze on me again.  I've done this in ridiculously cold MN conditions.

 

3. If for any reason you still end up not being able to drink water because of ice blockage, it's actually pretty easy to pull off the mouth piece.  Just yank hard and be careful not to spill water on yourself once it comes off.  You should be able to easily suck the ice out from the other end or put it in your mouth for awhile to warm it up.
 

post #37 of 39

blow-back usually works but If you forget on a cold day, your f'd. Pulling off mouth piece when your wearing an external pack usually wont' work and you run the risk of strecthing out the tube and that's not a pretty scene if it blows off in a fall or the mouth piece hits a limb or snags a branch, I have seen this, it's very funny as long as it's not you its happening to!  i took a TNF heated system and removed the heating system and tube and installed it in a Dakine Heli pro pack, very cool. Works reasonably well.

post #38 of 39

Vodka

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Originally Posted by tromano View Post
Just drink more frequently.
I keep mine inside my jacket and drink every lift ride.

Blowing into your Camelback fills it with germs. I purge all the air from the bladder and tube when I fill mine and never put Gatorade or anything that stinky mold can live on.


Blowing the tube out works for me. Those germs you blow in are already in your mouth and actually would prefer to stay there and as long as you rinse it out after every time with lemon juice you're fine. I forget to rinse mine out though so I have to put a tablespoon of bleach and then rinse with lemon juice and water -- the newer Camelbaks have an antibacterial lining anyways. When finished just make sure to hang it on a bedpost or something to keep it open so it can dry.

 

EDIT: I didn't know I quoted a two year old comment

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