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post #31 of 43

I've been tempted to use my bare bones hydration pack from my Switch pack for volumes above 1/2 liter. Ideally, I'd like a bladder sleeve sewn into my closer fitting jackets. With a larger bladder you do have flexibility in choosing how much water you want carry for a given activity or duration. Also, less water in a streamline pack still allows some room for essentials, especially if packed like a minimalist hiker.

post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by Andrew R View Post

Kids camelback worn under jacket - 1L so no real weight to change COM in a significant way and no room to do the old 'oh I'll throw that in just in case' that ends up causing a weight/ COM blow out.

 


 

Yeah - that's the 35oz. model.  Cool!

post #33 of 43
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post

With a larger bladder you do have flexibility in choosing how much water you want carry for a given activity or duration. Also, less water in a streamline pack still allows some room for essentials, especially if packed like a minimalist hiker.

I don't know what you mean by "a larger bladder", but I experimented with a bigger Camelbak and a 70oz bladder with so-so results.  The problem is that even if you only fill a 70oz bladder halfway the water sits at the bottom of the bladder and causes (for me) too much whoopie-cushion effect with the seat back of a chailift.  I then tried to susepend a 40oz bladder from the top of pack which helped but the larger pack used for a 70oz bladder still takes up more space under my jacket than I'd like and caused some to ask what bell tower I lived in....
 

post #34 of 43

I bought a Camelback years ago and tried everything and even after all this time it still makes the water taste like plastic. Yuk. Can't stand to use it.

post #35 of 43

Try a new bladder - I've never had this problem (even with the older bladders), nor have any other the other of dozens of other folks I ski or bike  with.

post #36 of 43

Much easier to clean than Camelback.

 

http://hydrapak.com/

post #37 of 43

In my bladder.

 

I'm told it has a capacity of about 900ml. That's like 2 1/2 12-oz cans, isn't it?.

 

Sounds about right, Three and I have to pee.

post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by goblue View Post

In my bladder.

 

I'm told it has a capacity of about 900ml. That's like 2 1/2 12-oz cans, isn't it?.

 

Sounds about right, Three and I have to pee.

 

This actually makes quite a bit of sense if you can drink fast.   That way the water absorption is only limited by the blood flow through the intestines.     Slow drinkers, of course, would have to sit there with a bottle/faucet for minutes on end.

 

Slow drinkers always have a superior little laugh when they see me chug 800 ml in 10 seconds in midsummer.   

 

Then they get heat exhaustion  :)

 


Edited by comprex - Mon, 02 Feb 09 19:17:50 GMT
post #39 of 43
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Much easier to clean than Camelback.

 

http://hydrapak.com/


 

When I was recommending a small, low-profile Camelbak I should have accompanied this with a "...or something similar".  I tend to use the term "Camelbak" in the same way as saying "...make a Xerox", or "I need a Kleenex".... For those etymology geeks out there - these words are called "proprietary eponyms" (look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls)!

post #40 of 43
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Much easier to clean than Camelback.

 

http://hydrapak.com/

Platypus makes  their 'Hosers' that zip open for easy cleaning too as well as adding ice.

 

Do you know if the hydrapak quick connects are compatible with the Katadyn quick connects? It looks like they might which is great for filtering with removing the pack when on long slogs.

post #41 of 43

Don't know if they are compatable with Katadyn.  I have just found them easy to use, easy to clean (they claim you can put them in a dishwasher) and have had no problems(leaks etc) with the sealing system.

post #42 of 43

I usually just stuff a small bottle in my parka; like the idea of a curved flask but Nalgene is a non-starter (go Google it). The Platypus sounds interesting, but is the deformability really that big a deal when after all, a parka pocket is also deformable? (And sure as hell, a deformable plastic is gonna get punctured by yours truly.)

 

Alpinord: Katadyns are superb; I've used them all over the world in some very sketchy situations. But they're heavy. Any reason you prefer them to Pur, other screen/ion filters that are a lot lighter?


Edited by beyond - Wed, 04 Feb 09 17:39:57 GMT
post #43 of 43

The Platypus' deformability is small issue. Often, I've found any leaks were due to not tightening either the screw cap or depressing the valve enough. The fact it's not a hard container is a plus for sure.

 

I've been using the Platypus bottles for 6 or 8 years, along with all kinds of bladders and water bottles, packs, holders, filters, FWIW. On yearly boy's and personal trips (canoe, backpack, biking,BC, llama, trek, etc) around the globe we have collectively used MSRs, Pur & Katydynes. Generally, I've had good luck with all of them until a bud snapped the plunger on my Hiker Pro the last trip. Katadyne (owner of Pur) replaced it for nothing (and I was willing to pay for the screw up) and I like the quick connects for the bladder connections. Cascade Designs who own MSR and Platypus also have great customer service and products. I think it's a presonal preference and price point issue between all the options. For all I know I flipped a coin when I decided to purchase the Hiker Pro.

 

Another note to share, that a filter weighs less than a larger volume of water. It doesn't take that long to take a break and refill a smaller container versus carrying more volume and weight. A useful option under the right set of circumstances.....

 

Another is simple throw some snow in a container and let it melt.


Edited by Alpinord - Wed, 04 Feb 09 18:47:21 GMT
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