November 25


Hydration Pack Vs Water Bottles? Which One Is Best?

By Michel Rowbotham

Hydration Pack Vs Water Bottles? Which One Is Best?

Surely you know that it is indispensable for long-distance running to drink enough! Especially in the hot summer months, every runner should be careful to stay well hydrated. As with many things in life, you should not exaggerate when drinking.

But for most runners, taking a drink is still annoying. You can of course just hold a bottle of water in your hand while walking or running or cycling, but this will ensure that you may not maintain the most pleasant posture during your workout.

There are all kinds of so-called hydration Pack in which you can fix your drinks and take them without you having too much trouble with them.

In this article, we'll discuss Hydration Pack Vs Water Bottle debate is one which goes unquestioned at every race competition, in forums and blogs online and even in every store.

Note: It is essential to have drunk enough before starting your outdoor activities. After training, however, the water lost through sweating should be replaced again. Say: drink at least a glass of water after exercise 鈥? According to specialize in outdoor sports equipment & tourism. 

A guide to hydration pack Vs water bottle

One of the most significant fluids that you need on your outdoor activities is water. Herein we have two options: Hydration Pack or Water Bottle. So let鈥檚 have an open discussion (based on some crucial points) about which one is best for outdoor activities.

1. Price

A water bottle for reserving water is affordable. You can easily refill an empty plastic bottle (which you can get from soft drinks) with water. The plastic water bottle is reusable and primarily come for free. 

On the other hand, a suitable hydration pack costs at least USD 30 or more. If you clean your hydration pack properly and regularly, you can use it for at least 5 years or more. Nevertheless, the poor maintenance can lower its life drastically.

2. Application in different temperatures

You can store your water bottle on the side pocket of your backpack which can get very hot in summer. On the other hand, a hydration pack or bag stores in the main chamber of the backpack which can keep water cool for a long time. Nevertheless, a little amount of water in the tube can get hot very fast. This is why the water in the first couple of sips are little warm to drink.

The water can freeze in the winter season in both systems: water bottles and hydration pack. Nevertheless, the tube of a hydration system is very prone to freezing because it holds a little amount of water. Some manufacturers offer a coated tube to solve this problem. But this system delays a little the freezing issue.

Note: When wearing gloves the hydration bags are hard to deal with; especially when you try to get them out from your backpack, disconnect the tube and open it to drink. 

3. Durability

Water bottles are less prone to leak and offer high durability. They are very light to use as well. On the other hand, bladders or hydration bags are less durable than water bottles. There are some problems appear at joints and mouthpieces of a hydration system.

The mouthpiece or bite valve is very close to the leak after some use (because they get torn). Therefore they can cause a leak when placed lower than the water supply.

4. Maintenance

After completing your outdoor activities, you can leave the water bottles into a bin. But the hydration bag needs proper cleaning and efficient drying. If you do not clean your bladder in time, you will most probably end up with a moldy water gauge.

Also after a couple of days, the tube will become useless. The manufacturer of a bladder using various (antimicrobial) technologies to stop the growth of micro-organisms. The modern also comes with a large opening as you can clean the inside of the pack effortlessly. 

Nevertheless, the significant issue is the tube which is difficult to clean and dry. But there might be an easy solution to prevent the growth of mold; many hikers report that keeping the bladder in the refrigerator keeps the hydration bag mold free.

Note: Remember that the bladder (also called hydration pack) is empty and dry when you store it into the refrigerator or freezer.

5. Refilling

Water bottles are easy to refill comparing to a hydration system or hydration pack. When it comes to refilling a bladder or hydration bag, it causes a little trouble particularly if you use a backpack that comes with an inside sleeve for a hydration pack.

You need to (partly) empty the backpack to reach the water tank if you want to refill a hydration pack stored in an insider sleeve. Also before you pull the tank out, you should disconnect the tube. However, the new bladder comes with a special kit (tube refill adaptor) that makes the refilling process easy. The tube refilling device enables you to refill the water tank directly through the tube.

On the other way, you can refill the hydration pack quite easily if you store it in an external sleeve. You just pull the water tank out including the tube and then fill it with clean water.

Note: There are different water tanks comes with different openings; for instance, Osprey & source tanks equip with full slide ends at the top while CamelBak tanks frequently use snap cap bonds or closures (as they allow easy to refill).

6. Ease to use

The hydration pack is very easy to use. It offers easy access to water as well which allows you to drink without stopping your outdoor activities. A water bottle, on the other hand, has to get back from a backpack first.

Though you can get it out of the side pocket of the bag, it is quite tight to place it back in without stopping your outdoor activities. However, this inconvenience can be solved if you have somebody along with your journey who can put the bottle in & out for you.

Note: If you are a hiker and you need to drink water from your bottle then you should consume as much water as you can (because you know before drinking again you need to take the backpack off). On the opposite way, if you are hiking with a hydration pack, then you can take small sips of water throughout your entire hike which is good for the stomach.  

So what do we use?

One survey found that there are more than 63% hikers use water bottles instead of hydration pack because of their affordability, ease of use, ability to see how much water they have, etc. But we would like to recommend the hydration packs as the best medium for outdoor activities because:

  • They keep water cool
  • Useable for a long time
  • Immediate access to water
  • And they can hold more water

Final verdict

So there you have the end of debate, Hydration Pack Vs Water Bottle. Now depending on your personality, you can choose any one of the systems mentioned above: Hydration Pack or water bottle. If you are a sipper (a sipper is a person who consumes plenty of water), you should take a hydration pack as you can make small sips of water frequently.

If you would like to see your intake gently, then you should go for water bottles. What would you want to use? And why? Let us know by leaving a comment below; we are waiting to hear from you.

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Michel Rowbotham

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I am a marketing manager and i have spent a plenty of time in the product quality analyst sector. I have determined to share my experience and knowledge with my friends and followers through my site. I hope you'll like it!

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