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Old 10-05-05, 03:04 PM   #1
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Hydro-Pak bladder replacement

I got a water backpack thingy. It was a brand called Hydro-Pak if I remember correctly (it was from Performance). Anyway....Although I like the design of the bladder it comes with (easy to use velcro roll down close mechanism), it doesn't keep the water very cold at all.

Even the cheapo Wal-Mart one my friend has keeps the water very very cold....ice has not melted after 1 hour of riding. His has a nice heavy blue bladder with a screw top lid. Mine is a thin clear bladder with velcro roll down type close mechanism.

I only didn't get the Wal-mart one because I wanted a 100 Oz. version.

So.....It seems like a fairly standard type of backpack that I could probably fit another bladder in to. Am I correct? Can I get a better bladder of that style he has (maybe a Camel back bladder) ? Would it fit?

And the $64 million dollar question, would it do the trick to keep the water cold a long time? Is the bladder the problem?
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The bag itself will not do much for keeping the water cold, it is hte sleeve you put it in that does the trick, if it is insulated. I have a hydropack that is "minimalistic"...just enough space for the water bottle with a zippered pocket on the outside to stick keys and ID. It is insulated and keeps water cold for a long time, even here in Texas, but it only holds 70oz.

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The bag itself will not do much for keeping the water cold, it is hte sleeve you put it in that does the trick, if it is insulated. I have a hydropack that is "minimalistic"...just enough space for the water bottle with a zippered pocket on the outside to stick keys and ID. It is insulated and keeps water cold for a long time, even here in Texas, but it only holds 70oz.

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My backpack (the sleeve) is very much more insulated than the Wal-Mart cheapo and it was the Wal-Mart that stayed cold for much, much longer. Hmmmm.....???
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Well, that is a puzzle. Not sure what to tell you there. Did your friends start out with more ice? Are you sure your's is really more insulative, or just thicker? I don't know...maybe your body get hotter, adding more heat to the bag?

I'll shut up now and maybe someone else will have a brilliant idea.

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Well, that is a puzzle. Not sure what to tell you there. Did your friends start out with more ice? Are you sure your's is really more insulative, or just thicker? I don't know...maybe your body get hotter, adding more heat to the bag?
It's possible....I'm not really an "insulation expert". But it seems like it's better to me.
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