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Winter Hydration Packs

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looking to get a camelbak pack for use in both skiing and spring sports (hiking/biking) - would a spring/summer pack like the camelbak mule be able to handle the colder weather?  i find many of the winter backpacks to be too big but want to be sure a spring pack wont be wasted in the winter

 

any help is appreciated, thanks all

post #2 of 7

The problem is the water in the hose will freeze unless it is insulated inside the shoulder strap.  I am trying out an insulated set-up now (BCA Stash BC), and the only time it froze is when I didn't tuck in back into the insulated shoulder strap.  I suppose you could always substitute vodka for water.

post #3 of 7

people blow the water out of the tube after taking a sip

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

haha thanks quant - vodka is usually the answer to a lot of problems...

post #5 of 7

I use the Camelback Snoblast and I think it's the perfect size.  It rides nice and close to the body so doesn't get in the way on the lift and it is expandable so if you need more space you just have to unzip one zipper and you double its size.

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both camelbak and platypus make hose and mouth-piece insulation kits. I have no personal experience with either, but will be trying out the platypus version later this winter when I'm climbing.

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installed the camelbak insulated hose kit in about 10-15 minutes.  It involves pulling off the current hose and installing a complete new hose with some heating the new hose onto the socket at the base of the pack...not hard at all.  Have had good luck with the kit and bladder in a summer pack, but to be fair I try to avoid skiing below 10-15F.
 

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both camelbak and platypus make hose and mouth-piece insulation kits. I have no personal experience with either, but will be trying out the platypus version later this winter when I'm climbing.

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