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Bladders vs Bottles
« on: April 10, 2012, 07:22:07 AM »
I have never been a fan of bladders but am thinking about switching over this year to save some weight over heavy, bulky Nalgene bottles

What do you guys use both in your day packs and on backpack hunts?

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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012, 07:37:25 AM »
I have used a bladder for probably 7 years now very convenient, its right there when you need it just suck on the tube plus I can hold a whole days supply of water that way . I think mine is 96 ounces. In september I will drink the whole thing, october november maybee a quarter to half at most.

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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 07:50:44 AM »
I have been using the bladders too for 10 years or more.  They are much more convenient than the Nalgene bottles.  I second getting the larger size, you dont have to always fill em up.  But you have the capacity there if you need it.  Also I have had much better luck with the camelback bladders.  They are more expensive but they don't leak.  Have had some leaking problems with some of the cheaper ones.

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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2012, 07:55:55 AM »
How does everyone clean their bladders?I forgot about mine and need to give it a good cleaning.

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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2012, 07:56:21 AM »
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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2012, 07:58:50 AM »
Lots of good cleaning tips on YouTube.

Clean & dry a hydration bladder or Camelbak
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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2012, 08:06:33 AM »
Bottles.  I rarely drink water.  The most I pack is two, and I can count the number of times I've drank both on one hand.  If it's a multiple nights trip, then a bottle and a bottle purifier.

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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2012, 08:59:27 AM »
I usually carry bottles but since I bought the badlands pack from dobby, I'm going to try the bladder.

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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2012, 09:12:20 AM »
I've been using a Bladder the last 2 yrs & I'll never go back to Bottles.

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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2012, 11:06:15 AM »
I put my bladders in the freezer between uses. They don't grow the funk that way.

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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2012, 11:18:29 AM »
I usually have both.  I am upgrading my bladder this year to a Hotshot.  A little shorter and same drinking capasity.  I will have one extra camelbak/nalgene water bottle or one of my lighter quart bottle I get from the gub'ment in my pack as well.  Depending on the duration I plan to hike.
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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2012, 08:52:16 PM »
I've been using bladders for 5-6 years myself now and sometimes it seems a hassle to fill them but then its worth it when I can just grab my tube and drink away! I clean mine with efferdent denture cleaner ... just fill with water add tablets overnight and its done in the morning, no scrubbing!  :tup: 


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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2012, 09:02:55 PM »
I've been using bladders for 5-6 years myself now and sometimes it seems a hassle to fill them but then its worth it when I can just grab my tube and drink away! I clean mine with efferdent denture cleaner ... just fill with water add tablets overnight and its done in the morning, no scrubbing!  :tup: 


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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2012, 10:16:29 PM »
I use a bladder and a collapsible flask.  Use the flask to fill the bladder because filling the bladder from the stream is a real pain.  The flask compresses as it empties, saving space.

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Re: Bladders vs Bottles
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2012, 08:53:07 AM »
I popped a Platypus bladder 8 miles in on day 1 of a multi-day trip last year.  Fortunately, I had a Gatorade bottle but it could have been devastating.  I still carry a bladder sometimes but I have one of those red MSR ones that are a little tougher.

I also went from a 100oz bladder to a 60oz bladder and have a separate plastic water bottle like an Aquafina bottle or also have one of the collapsable water bottle from Nalgene so that I carry it in 2 separate containers now (or somtimes don't use the bladder at all and just take 2 water bottles).  It helps if you want to put Emergen-C or something like it in your water bottle, too, since you don't have to put it in the bladder.

 


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