What's your favorite hydration pack?

Discussion in 'Hydration Systems' started by kazlx, Aug 1, 2018.



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  1. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    I am a bottle guy....i dread those days when I have to carry a pack.

    Been doing it a lot this winter....mostly because of weather and the requirement of extra clothing layers.

    As we start to warm up, it'll be back to bottles.

    I know how far 1 or 2 bottles will get me. Yes, it is a calculated risk. I have had those days were I miscalculated.

    I've had the same Camelbak for about 10 years now. Don't know which model it is....but is it similar to the MULE. 100 oz of water. Enough space for too much extra crap.

    I am one of those that needs to be better about drinking more water during the normal days. I just don't get thirsty.

    Also believe that you tend to drink more than you need when you carry a pack....mostly because it's right there. Suz used to go through a full pack of water in a very short ride because it was convenient...not cause she was thirsty. She now runs bottles, and even with only 1 kidney doesn't drink as much. She does drink water constantly during the day though. Being in better condition helps....alot.

    I'll be using my pack for KoKo...... :gag:
     
  2. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southern California
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower 27+/ 29r
    Last Saturday's ride for me was 2 scoops of Tailwind. That's the first time I've ever used more than one scoop on a ride. I mixed the second scoop out on the trail. I usually start my rides with a bowl of oatmeal, yogurt, orange juice and 2 cups of coffee. I will eat a little lighter and consume more Tailwind sooner. - give that a try. I'm still learning and am willing to try different combinations to see what works best:rolleyes:
     
  3. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2020 Specialized Fuse 29
    That osprey syncros peaked my interest... right now I have 2 cages on my bike... so for a 2-3 hour ride I'm usually fine....

    I like the convenience of a pack... just not the sweaty back...
     
  4. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    My constant companion at home is a 28oz stainless steel tumbler that is kept full of ice and water. Most days I only drink water and coffee.
    I wake up at least once a night to take a piss and I'll take a sip of water from the tumbler before I lay back down.
    Preventive maintenance...

    During the cold and wet rides this winter my water consumption dropped way down. I wouldn't even touch a bottle until about an hour in...
    Today I drank about 12oz on a 1:40 ride 14/2000
     
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  5. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Another advantage of bottles – you know how much you have left! That last sip off a bladder can be heartbreaking...
     
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  6. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    100% in agreement there. Every time you grab your bottle you know exactly how much you have left.
     
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  7. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    I always leave a sip or two in the bottle before I switch to my other one. It's my extra, last mile gulp!
     
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  8. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    I always know how much I have left in my Camelbak...
    I do the reach behind and quick double squeeze. :geek: I have learned from how fast it responds, how much water I have left.
    Now that I have left THAT can of worms to be opened...
    can-of-worms1.jpg
     
  9. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    I got this Osprey Viper 9 a couple of months ago. 2.5L bladder was one of the reasons. I'm still remembering running out of fluids riding in Moab several years ago. Moab tip - don't roll into Moab on the afternoon of May 31 and ride Slickrock trail and then get up early the next mourning to ride Porc. rim. We were thrashed half way down. Temp was mid 80s.I took 70oz. in the hydro pack, a Gatorade and a water bottle - all gone before the bottom of the trail. Then you have to pedal blacktop back to town :facepalm::bang:

    I haven't used it yet. We are hopefully going to ride in St. George next month. I will give it a couple of shakedowns before then.
    I currently use an old Dakine I got on closeout in 2012.
    The Dakine has been fine but it was always too small for me. This one has .5 ltr more bladder capacity. The Osprey also has more internal capacity with a nice stuff pocket for extra clothes/jacket.

    I also prefer the top closer bladder. Personal pref. I'm sure but it is easy to dry out/clean after a ride.

    Osprey is closing these out on their site. Looks like only red and green left.

    Great deal at $65.

    https://www.osprey.com/us/en/product/viper-9-VIPER9.html

    A couple of pics. I hope this makes sense. Flu and temp so not thinking clearly.

    pack.jpeg

    bladder.jpeg
     
  10. Stubborn Approach

    Stubborn Approach Member

    Location:
    Irvine
    Name:
    Tony
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad 3
    I just bought a Camelbak Kudu 10 w/ CE2 protection. Had a little OTB that left with me a moderately lacerated kidney almost 2 weeks ago.

    5 days ER observation & 4 transfusions.... not a mark or bruise on me, because (I thought) I had proper gear on.

    Would have loved to learn about this any other way besides the hard way.

    I ride hard pretty much all the time, and I may be alone in this area, but to me, protection is comfort. Too old, too much to lose not protecting my organs.

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  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    Good point Tony!
    I was bombing Golden Eagle one day and zigged when I should have zagged and did a spectacular superman right over the bars, but did a flip and landed on my back right in the Briar patch (those that have ridden GE know where I'm talking about) I had my Mule Camelbak on at the time and the landing was.... fluffy.
    First thing I thought was, "Sure glad I had my Camelbak on!
     
  12. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    I tend to drink way more when I have bottles because I have to be more conscious about drinking, since I don't have the hose there. Seeing the level in the bottle is a reminder of how much I've had to drink and how much I should be drinking. So I tend to take deeper pulls off the bottle than the little sips I take with a hose. The hose is always there and available so I don't really think of it. Like you I don't often get thirsty, except when it's really hot or humid. There have been many times I have done a whole 3-weekend road trip of big rides without filling up the bladder. And it's not that I forget...I'll pull it out of the pack and it's only down 5-10 oz. No need to fill up.
     
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  13. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    *
    Name:
    *
    Just bought an Osprey Seral fanny pack to try out. I do not like bottles on my frame and my Camelback Mule never bothered me, just old. After one ride I am already done with the Osprey and fanny packs in general. Super uncomfortable on climbs and even worse on descents. Also not a fan of their bladder design. YMMV
     
  14. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    mine has no water in it, but has a tiny tool kit, first aid kit, phone, keys, extra bandana and a back up light. Never used the light, but it is a backup.
     
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  15. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Hydration strategies vary by ride, so it's not really possible for me to have one favorite. One or two bike bottles on the frame, a hip pack, hydration pack, backpacks of varying size...they are all my favorite in the right scenario. Mix and match. Sometimes I run a bike bottle and something with a drink tube. Sometimes one or the other, sometimes neither.
     
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