Originally Posted by comprex
No. Read it again and you won't need a straw man argument.
Once again, for convenience:
I have the mentality that Camelbaks are a FETISH and that anyone who can drink 3 beers in one sitting can also drink one liter of water at the same sitting. Or faster.
I also have the mentality that Camelbaks are a FETISH because people who object to being dehydrated and carry Camelbaks apparently still FAIL to drink enough. Carrying a 3L Camelbak just to be able to drink 12-20 oz extra a day (i.e. less than 2 cans of soda) is the highest possible apex of FETISHISM.
I also have the mentality that the low levels of "dehydration" such as experienced by modern humans on ski slopes would have resulted in humans dying off long before Camelbaks were invented if they actually impaired human performance to the levels alleged. Again, Camelbaks = FETISH.
I also have the mentality that non-stop sports (like randonee, tele touring or XC skiing) actually require intense levels of hydration (even at levels of 800ml-1.2 liters per hour
) and therefore require use of something like Camelbaks, dehydration occuring nonetheless. (And no bathroom stops required). I have the mentality that most people have NO CONCEPT of how to drink this much water.
I have the mentality that, if a skier is working at lift-served alpine skiing even remotely as hard as someone else who is climbing 600-1000 vert per hour, the lift-riding skier needs lessons. Badly.
the problem with your theory is that if you drink a liter of water, within the next 1-2 hours, your body is going to dispose of that water. Either it's going to sweat it out, or it's going to create enough urine to bring your body back into homeostasis (your body doens't like to be too dilute). so unless you plan on skiing for only a few hours, that liter of water is not going to last you the whole day (we're not camels--your body has no place to 'store' water).
secondly, you're right in that there's a range of dehydration that your body can tolerate. But it's equally true that as you get to the limits of that range, it becomes pretty uncomfortable.
thirdly, I find that a camelbak is also particularly helpful at lunchtime, when I've ordered some burgers, but don't feel like spending $4 on a cup of soda.
fourthly, if you gradually replace your fluid losses via camelback, your urine production will be lower, and you can avoid going to the bathroom all day.
what is a fetish, is this idea that you have to always be 'adequately hydrated.' You don't have to drink liters and liters of water to be adequately hydrated. You just need to not feel thirsty. With a couple of sips from my camelback throughout the day, I seldom feel thirsty. Thus, I am adequtely hydrating myself using my camelback.