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    Re: School me on hydration packs


    Quote Originally Posted by MattR302 View Post
    Never used one, while riding or doing other outdoorsy stuff.

    If I’m out on the bike doing a longer ride, I’ll keep a bottle or two in the topcase and chug a bunch whenever I end up stopping. It never seems to be enough - my body is used to drinking well over a gallon a day.

    Probably doing a longer multi-day trip next month. I think I’m going to get a bladder and put it in a tank bag so I can regularly sip water without having to stop. I will still be drinking from the water bottles whenever stopped (and topping up the bladder) so I don’t need (or want) a wearable hydration pack.

    I’m assuming the bladder needs to be cleaned periodically so it doesn’t get funky? If using it on a weeklong trip, is a daily rinse enough? Store it at night full or empty/open? What else don’t I know?
    Sorry to jack your thread. Let me know if you want I should clean it up...

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    Re: School me on hydration packs

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post


    Excellent. I've never had vodka that was flavorless.
    Well, I mean, in general, I dont think if you put vodka in a camelback it would leave any flavor. its alcohol flavored, thats about it lol

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    Back on topic, I have a basic camelback and love it, very useful.

    I wish I had brought it on my first dirtbike ride, it is quite the workout!

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    Re: School me on hydration packs

    Quote Originally Posted by SRTie4k View Post
    Platypus has one similar, the Big Zip. You can remove the top like a ziplock bag, and although you can't turn it inside out (it has internal stiffeners), it does make for really easy cleaning with a bottle brush.
    The girl and I have this one in the 3L size and I use it in multiple bags for all sorts of activities. I really dig it. I Made my back country filter with quick release fittings like the one on the tube so I can gravity feed filtered water into it. Works mint.

    Another thought I had, whatever you get go with one that stays more flat than round like mine or the camelback crux. Having it lay flat in the pack makes for more room in the pack and less unstable feeling. I have a cleaning kit that has all the brushes and a drying rack. I usually clean it once a month or so.

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    Re: School me on hydration packs

    Quote Originally Posted by MattR302 View Post
    So you’re saying he should’ve filled it with hard liquor? What a noob.
    Vodka and water for winter hiking to prevent freezing at altitude. Fine line between enough not to freeze and making the hiking more like stumbling.

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    Re: School me on hydration packs

    So I copied another DR650 rider’s setup and have a small Wolfman tank bag with a camelback 1.5L bladder.

    Going on a weeklong trip, mostly camping. Do I need to do anything special in regards to cleaning it periodically? Is rinsing it out before filling it in the morning good enough?

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    Re: School me on hydration packs

    I rinse mine regularly, wash with dawn occasionally

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    Re: School me on hydration packs

    Yeah, I've got a couple of Osprey 2.5L bladders which are made by Hydrapak. I got the tiniest little pinhole leak in the first one and they replaced it with no questions asked...

    After a bit of research I was then able to very easily repair the hole with a tiny dab of superglue, so now I've got two.

    https://www.osprey.com/us/en/product...r-25LTRES.html

    I don't use them as much as I thought I would when hiking/backpacking (I usually go with a bottle), but I do shove one in my very basic slim camelback (older version of this one) when dirt riding or want to be kinda hands free.

    DON'T PUT ANYTHING IN THERE OTHER THAN WATER UNLESS YOU WANT MOLD.

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