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Old 06-12-14, 09:10 AM
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Hydration bag, taste and bite valves

I have an old Blackburn 100oz bag that has the twist then push with tongue then drink bite valve. I like these because I can easily inflate the bag in the freezer to get a really nice big chunk of ice for those really hot days. Problem is it is worn out to where it is coming apart, probably from water getting in there when freezing.

They still work well enough for freezing but they get all drippy when when I don't get the tube empty while cycling. Not so bad on hot days, not so good on coolish days. I drain the tube by holding it up and pressing the part that lets me get water out, but it doesn't always drain completely and when the bag is full, water does come over the shoulder a bit and it will drip for a bit. If I drink enough water then it stops but I'm not quite that thirsty and on longer rides, I'd like to have that water since I'm hydrated before I ride.

I haven't tried using the camel back valves and was wondering how well they work.

Any other valves that work similar to the blackburns? I do like that for freezing at least since I can fill the rest of the bag with air and fit it in there in the position I want it to sit, laying it down flat will freeze the opening at the top so I won't be able to fill the rest of the way.

Taste. When these things get warm, longer rides on really hot days and the water starts to warm up or I forget to freeze a really large chunk of water and end up using cubes and melts way faster than the huge chunk of ice, the water will taste plasticky, not a problem when the water is still cold. I've been thinking about putting in some sports drink powder but I'd rather just have the water plain and the Cliff drink mix I use has a very weak flavor so I'm not sure this would do any good anyway. Any other solution to make it not taste plasticky or any bags that don't impart any kind of taste.

My bags are about 10 years old, probably older but I forget, but they still work well aside from the bite valves so I haven't bothered to replace them. I usually just dealt with the taste but I'm thinking tech has come a bit further than when I bought them, hoping maybe that plastics have gotten better for these.
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Camelbak valves work fine for me, haven't tried others. Eventually, they start getting loose and coming off easily, so I carry a spare in the bottom of my bag. I haven't tried freezing one, tho.
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Good hydration packs have no taste. The hazard with using sport drinks is you'll get mold unless you clean out the bag and hose really well and allow to it dry. Camelbak sells long flexible brushes to clean out the hose and racks to hold the bag open to dry. Rinsing with dilute bleach can kill mold and spores. I almost always just use water in my hydration packs.
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Amazon.com : Geigerrig G1 1200 Hydration Pack, Black : Running Hydration Packs : Sports & Outdoors

These are pressurized so if you want to get that last bit of water out, just pump in some more air =)
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I tested a Camelback bladder two weeks ago and it did not have any taste. Some people are more sensitive and can taste the plastic although. The Platypus is also said to to no platic taste.
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