Antonia and Christian are serial adventurers, exploring the outdoors by kayak, on foot or climbing for over a decade already. Here’s their take on Hydration Packs and Hydration Systems.
We’re always curious to hear what You do and think of the products we design and manufacture. So we invited Antonia and Christian, outdoor bloggers from Exploreborders.com, to share their experience and tipps here in our blog.
“We are convinced that nature is the best place to approach our own limits and borders”.
Why a Hydration System or Hydration Pack not a bottle?
Bottomline: Water can be transported more easily and more comfortably. For us, hydration bladders have a number of advantages, compared to a drinking bottle:
- Hydration bladders are deformable. This greatly facilitates the space-saving packing.
- Thanks to drinking tube and valve the water is always accessible without removing the backpack.
- Packing again: The volume of a hydration bladder becomes smaller the less water it contains.
- The mass of water is distributed by the flat shape of the bladder on a larger area.
- Hydration bladders are lightweight.
- The hydration bladder can be placed inside the backpack and close to the back. A great advantage in terms of the weight distribution and center of gravity of the hiker or biker.
Why do you choose SOURCE Hydration bladders?
“First of all: superior Taste. All Source hydration bladder are tasteless and the liquid does not come in contact with BPA or plasticizers. Water that tastes like plastic is simply not delicious – not to mention of a possible pollution!
In addition, the Source bladders film is antibacterial, so that no bacteria can settle.
Especially when we are traveling for several weeks, it is important that no biofilm forms in our bladder.
What about the shape and the handling?
“In general, we recommend to store only pure water. This way, bacteria hardly finds any breeding ground.
Nevertheless, of course, the entire system must be cleaned from time to time! So easy access is a very important plus. The large opening of the Widepac is everything. It is wide enough to push the whole hand in and thus wipe out the inside – down to the smallest corner.
In addition to the bladder, also the drinking tube must be cleaned. Thanks to the SQC connecting the tube to the bladder, the tube is removed on a push of a button to be cleaned separately and dried.
And where do you usually fill and re-fill your hydration bladders?
Through the already mentioned large opening, the bladder can be filled easily and efficiently wherever we are. Two plastic tabs provide good grip and also ensure that the opening will stay open.
Additionally, many Source bladders, such as the WXP have an additional screw-cap opening on the front. Through this, the bladder can be filled even in a small space (such as in small sinks etc.).
For tours in remote areas, we filter our water directly through the drinking tube into the bladder. For this to work, we simply pull off the mouthpiece and connect the drinking tube of the hydration bladder with the filter. This way there is no need to even open the backpack to access the bladder.
To do so you can fit the hose of the filter into the drinking tube of the bladder or simply use the Source Quick Connect (SQC) and get a simple and reliable connection.
Again, we are thrilled how diverse the source drinking systems are – just right for our tours!