Three hydration packs that won’t let thirst slow you down
Sip without missing a step.
Water bottles of every shape and color are available to hydrate you wherever you go, but they often add weight to your otherwise frugal existence. Thankfully, today’s outfitters are keen on delivering products that distribute the H2O burden more evenly for better access. These essential packs with basically turn you into a human camel, so that you’ll have what you need to make it through your workout without needing to resort to river water.
Don’t let the affordable price on this piece fool you: It includes a water bladder and multiple pockets for phones, fuel, and gear for the ideal day on the trail. The BPA-free and food-grade plastic bladder (picture an IV drip bag, not the anatomical organ) holds 2 liters of water—that’s almost 9 cups—and slides into an insulated compartment that keeps it cool on hot days. Slip the pack over your shoulders and buckle it around your waist for a secure fit. When you’re thirsty, simply grab the hose and use it like a straw.
The CamelBak M.U.L.E. is made especially for mountain bikers, and has a compact design for storing what you need while staying out of your way. The hydration bladder holds up to 100 ounces of water, and the drinking tube is kept in place with a magnetic trap so you’re not fidgeting with it as you navigate a tight turn or steep descent. Stay cooler with a back panel that’s design optimized for air circulation, and remove the stability belt if you’d rather ride with fewer straps.
Versatility is the key feature for this lightweight waterproof nylon and mesh vest. Store water bottles or sports drinks in the front pockets for a short trail run, or tuck a hydration bladder into the main compartment while you’re training for a marathon. People who prefer a certain brand of bladders or have a strong preference of drinking tube style can customize this pack with their favorites; this item only included the vest.