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Old 09-22-11, 05:05 PM   #1
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hydration pack question

Planning some touring for next year and am thinking about getting a hydration pack. Had a minimalist Camelback about 10 years ago and didn't like riding with the bladder more than 1/2 full as became an uncomfortable lump on my spine. The bladder didn't contain any baffles and I see a lot of the new packs have this.

Anyone else have this issue? Are packs with baffles in them noticeably more comfortable?

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stuff it in a front pannier with an extra long drink hose..
I've gotten a drink hose kit for Nalgene Quarts, before , the trick is a sponge vent
to let the air in, so you can suck out the water.. rigid container..
bladder bag will benefit in that outside air pressure will just flatten the bag.
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The channeled back on hydration packs are OK.

It helps to get rid of the air bubble, as fietsbob suggests.

There's also a handful of off-the-back hydration systems, like the Showers Pass Veleau:

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Thanks for the feedback although unfortunately I'm not sure it helps. I'm really interested in the backpack design due to its portability (not attached to bike) and not big or bulky (pannier).

I've been riding for years, raced some, and don't have a "touring" bike. The tour I'm planning is for a trip around Lake Ontario in 5-6 days with my wife providing SAG support (as she doesn't ride). It's a nice tradeoff where we both get a vacation, I get to ride 100 miles every day, we get nice accommodations, I don't have to lug a tent or sleeping bag and we have car access for sightseeing, dining, etc after my daily ride is done.

Because of this, I plan to only carry my wallet, levers, tube, patch kit, some CO2, a pack or two of Gu and water. I figure this can all fit into a backpack or backpack and saddle pack. Since I'll need a small backpack anyways it seems like having the hydration pack as a safeguard against running dry would be a nice to have (asI 've heard that there are some stretches along the Waterfront Trail in Ontario where water availability is limited).
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Yesterday I went through four 24 oz bottles in 71 miles in the mid 50s (Fahrenheit). I have asked people with bladders how much water they have drank and they had no clue. I find it is a lot easier to know if I am drinking enough by judging the number of bottles I go through. I also like to be able to put ice in the bottles.

But, if you prefer bladders, go for it.
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I go through water pretty quickly on hot summer days let alone in the fall as well. I guess I'm thinking the pack can be a safety net - it seems more convenient than carrying a third bottle in my jersye pocket (and it means I can stop less frequently too)...
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Well, I've used hydration packs on tour, both the old and newer style. The channeled type is marginally more comfortable. A lot of it is just personal preference.

Fortunately, I don't see what you have to lose, especially if you hike or do other outdoor activities where a hydration pack is useful. If you're going to have a SAG van and find it uncomfortable after a few hours, you can always toss it in the van.
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