What is a Hydration Bladder?
Water bladders are designed to transport water while also making drinking more convenient and efficient. Hydration bladders can be used for hiking, trekking, camping, biking, running and many other outdoor activities.
What is a Water Reservoir?
When performing any outdoor activity, staying hydrated is key. Water helps to increase your endurance while improving your performance. However, it’s often cumbersome to pack a significant amount of water (with traditional water bottles) and take it on your hiking or backpacking adventure.
Hydration bladders feature a flexible plastic design, making them easily maneuverable to fit inside your backpack, allowing for more much-needed storage space. Whether you’re hiking, cycling, trekking, or running, you’ll enjoy the convenient hands-free design as you hydrate by drinking from the attached drinking tube. Why You Need CamelBak Water Bladders for Your Next Outdoor Adventure.
Considering one liter of water weighs 2.2lbs, your water supply can often be the heaviest item in your pack. Hydration bladders are light, with the largest 3L bladders weighing about 8 oz or less when empty.
What to look for when shopping for water bladders?
Whether it’s a quick connect valve, carry handles, or storage hooks, it’s important to choose the hydration features that matter most to you. Check the capacity of your hydration bladder to ensure that the reservoir has enough space to hold the amount of water you intend to carry. Fit matters - ensure that your hydration pack fits your hip size and torso length (as well as fitting the hydration bladder you want to use).
Looking for even more information in order to make the most informed purchase possible? Our hydration bladders offer features that include:
Bite Valve On/Off Switch
To prevent unwanted leaks, the hydration bladder bite valves feature an on/off mechanism, allowing to stop water flow when not in use.
Quick Connect Valves
Some reservoirs include a drink tube that disconnects from the hydration bladder’s body, making it easier to refill. Simply press a button to disconnect the tube and pull the reservoir from your pack.
To ensure that your hydration bladder stays where it should be in your bag, the storage hook allows you to securely attach to the top of the bag pack.
Some water bladders also feature a convenient carry handle, allowing you to stabilize them when refilling, opening and closing the bladder.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hydration Bladder?
It’s important to deep clean your hydration pack once or twice a month, while remembering to rinse your reservoir tube and drying it after every use.
Engineered with your mobility in mind, CamelBak water reservoirs and hydration bladders are designed to enhance every experience. Our lightweight water bladders offer the comfort and convenience you need to make the most of all your outdoor adventures.