While you are running, cycling, mountaineering, trekking or travelling, the hydration packs would supply the water effortlessly with holding you active in the activities. Because, like a water bottle you won’t have to remove the twisted lid to drink necessary water. The hydration pack holds the water by a bladder while the bladder has a tube with a mouthpiece as if you can drink the water without stopping your bike or stopping yourself in the activities. Basically, most of the bladders use food grade plastic and provide antibacterial protection as if the bladder can’t add any taste to the water while the bladder can protect the water from bacteria.
So, these bladders mostly come with a backpack and we also know those backpacks as hydration backpacks. Basically, the hydration backpacks feature a specific compartment for the bladder while a tube comes out from the backpack that is actually connected with the bladder to bring out the water from bladders. Like backpacks the hydration packs also have the capacity, so considering your backpacking goals and activities, the hydration packs can be chosen out with the size from 2L to 50L. So, the other accessories of backpacking, trekking and cycling also can be easily packed up into your backpack, if you choose large hydration backpacks.
Size Of The Backpack
As I have said initially the size of the hydration pack should be picked by considering how many gears, foods and accessories you need to get during trekking or cycling. If you are a backpacker or hiker, no doubt a bunch of accessories and even foods should be carried out. So, the other compartments of the backpack should be adequately extended to hold clothes, multiple large, small and medium gears. In this case, you should pick a 20L-40L or 50L backpack. But, the requirement doesn’t go same when you do something out of mountaineering. As an example, if you like mountain or road biking, a 10 or 15L backpack is adequate to hold the small tools or minimal stuffs. Even, the running hydration packs can be smaller than cycling hydration packs. Although, you don’t need to carry out a bunch of stuffs during running.
Capacity Of The Bladder
The bladders must have the specific capacity to determine how much water it can hold. But, before confirming the capacity, you should consider where the bladder is going to be used. If you are a backpacker, at least you should use a 2L or more capacity based bladder or reservoir as trekking for a long distance requires a lot water to drink. The same size bladder also can be used to keep you hydrated when you are biking on the mountain or enjoying a long distance cycling tour. But, for a morning walk out you might not require a large reservoir. A 1.5L or 1L reservoir is adequate to carry the water you would need.
Construction Of The Bladder
If the water doesn’t stay tasteless in the reservoir and the bladder adds the bacteria in the water, then no advantages of bringing a bladder. That’s why, the bladder should be made out of food grade and antibacterial materials as if the water doesn’t lose its natural taste and become harmful. The water can stay in the reservoir from several hours to a whole day. So, preventing the bacterial infection and keeping the water fresh are must have requirements of a water bladder.
Ease Of Filling And Cleaning
How easy the reservoir is filling and cleaning, it depends on how wide the mouth is in the reservoir. Some reservoirs have a full accessible wide mouth, although they offer different managing system. But most of the reservoirs come with oval shape screw topped mouth and the wide oval shape mouth is helpful to clean and fill the reservoir with adequate water. Although the oval mouth isn’t as perfect as the full accessible mouth is, but a brush is reachable into the oval mouth for rinsing or washing the internal wall of the bladder. Moreover, it’s also not complicated process to fill the water in the bladder by the oval shape mouth. So, you can choose out the bladders either from these two models.
The running or walking hydration pack should not be as big as the backpackable hydration pack is. So, the 5L or 10L hydration pack might not need to be as comfortable as the 30L or 40L backpackable hydration pack should be. Because, carrying the minimal stuffs by the small hydration pack wouldn’t be as difficult as carrying a hydration pack with huge stuffs like clothes, tents and others required backpacking stuffs. So, without any doubt a backpackable hydration pack with huge stuffs weigh reasonably higher than small hydration packs. That’s why, the larger hydration pack should be perfect in providing comfortability as the weight of the backpack would numb the contact point on the backpacker’s body. Moreover, the large backpack would bounce over the hip and to reduce the stress over the body of a loaded backpack the waist belt is required. On the other, the thickened paddings on the shoulders and back can reduce huge stress as those points stay continuously connected when the backpack on your shoulders.
When the bladder in the backpack, the other stuffs in the pack would pressure on the bladder. So, it can leak unless the bladder is durable and leakproof. That’s why the bladder must withstand the pressure and abuses of other stuffs while it is in the backpack. A durable bladder won’t soak the other stuffs in the backpack by leaking. So, the durability should be confirmed before choosing the bladder pack.