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Best Hydration Bladders – Buying Guide 2017

HYDRATE HANDS-FREE ON YOUR NEXT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE...


Ever find yourself struggling to find much-needed space for your multiple water bottle stashes in the outdoors? Are you the kind of person who has a huge overstock container of plastic water bottles in the back of their car and struggles to reach for one at every red light? Yeah, we've been there and we feel your pain. That's why we took the time for you and found some of the best hydration bladders on the market.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HYDRATION BLADDERS

Admittedly, we laughed probably too much for our own good just saying the name out loud. However, regardless of its strange name, the hydration bladder has been keeping active people hydrated and hands-free. It's like the bluetooth of water bottles in a nutshell.

Here's how it works. First, there's a reservoir or "bladder" that stores your water. Generally, it's made from a flexible, waterproof material like plastic or rubber so it can fit easily in a bag or backpack. There's a cap for easy filling and a long hose that runs to your mouth with a mouthpiece that dispenses water when you drink.

These hydration bladders are extremely efficient for the outdoorsy types since you can hydrate on long bike rides, kayak trips, and even hikes without having to stop to drink. So how do you choose which hydration bladder is the best for you? We've found four different key elements that will help narrow down your search to find the best hydration bladders thats are tailored to your travel needs.

Capacity

  • Generally, hydration bladders will come with a 2L to 3L capacity.
  • Just know that 2L is like a bit bottle of soda; if you tend to drink more, go big!

Material

  • Most hydration bladders are made of flexible rubber and plastic.
  • Some products are BPA free and antimicrobial, so keep an eye out for those features.

Openings

  • An opening will usually be at the top of the bladder to fill prior to use.
  • Some bladders come with more than one opening sealed with a twist cap or a clamp.

Auto-Lock Mouthpiece

  • Auto-lock prevents any extra leakage when drinking.
  • Some models will even include an auto-lock device where the tube connects to the bladder body.

THE BEST HYDRATION BLADDERS

Best Hydration Bladders

Name

Capacity

Material

Openings

Auto-Lock

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RIQIK Military Hydration Bladder

3L

BPA Free, Antimicrobial, FDA and SGS Approved Microban Material

Top slider and twist lid

Mouthpiece, and two securing clips

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WACOOL 3L Hydration Bladder

3L

BPA Free, FDA and SGS Approved EVA Material

Top slider and twist lid

Mouthpiece and bladder base

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BONLEX Hydration Pack Bladder

2 and 3L

BPA Free, FDA Approved TPU Material

Twist Lid

Mouthpiece

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Osprey Hydraulics LT Hydration Bladder

2 and 3L

BPA Free, FDA Approved TPU Material

Slide Top

Mouthpiece

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Camelbak AntidoteTM Hydration Bladder

2 and 3L

BPA Free Polyurethane


Twist Lid

Mouthpiece and bladder base

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Platypus Big Zip Hydration Bladder

1, 2, and 3L

BPA Free, Silver Ion Antimicrobial Material

Slide Top

Mouthpiece and bladder base

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Zealite Hydration Bladder

3L

FDA Approved Microban Material

Top Slider and Twist Lid

Mouthpiece and bladder base

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Aquatic Way Hydration Bladder

1.5, 2, amd 3L

BPA Free, Antimicrobial, FDA Approved TPU Material

Twist lid

Mouthpiece and bladder base

RIQIK Military Hydration Bladder

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3L


Top slider and twist lid

BPA Free, Antimicrobial, FDA and SGS Approved Microban Material

Mouthpiece, and two securing clips

When it comes to quality, the US military definitely knows what they're doing. Luckily, we have a little taste of this quality at consumer-level wth this RIQIK hydration bladder. This is one of the most durable products on the market, with 0.6mm thick material. There's even a picture of a guy standing on top of this product when filled.

Not only is this hydration pack built like a rock, it also comes with two bonus securing clip, turning any ordinary backpack into a perfect hydration pack. No need to purchase an expensive backpack just for your water source. Also, there are two openings where you can fill your pack; one slider at the top and a standard twist lid.

Overall, this is one of the best hydration bladders on the market for its extreme durability and flexible storage. We highly recommend this for those who are planning on taking a rugged trip.



WACOOL 3L Hydration Bladder

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3L


Top slider and twist lid

BPA Free,  FDA and SGS Approved EVA Material

Mouthpiece and bladder base

Finally, we've found a hydration bladder that has unbeatable features that you won't have to break the piggy bank for. This hands-free hydrator will keep you thirstless in the most extreme kinds of weather. Using 0.6mm thick EVA material, the hydratiomn bladder is virtually indestructable and also insulates your liquids from outside temperatures.

Refilling this product with water and ice is seamless with the extra top sliding opening and the standard twist off cap. Also, you never have to worry about leakage with the dual auto-locking technology integraged in both ends of the mouthpiece. When removing the tube from the base, an auto-lock prevents spillage as well.


We highly recommend this product for those who love extreme sports or just need something a little sturdier for hiking or long runs.

Aquatic Way Hydration Bladder

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1.5, 2, and 3L


Twist lid

BPA Free, Antimicrobial, FDA Approved TPU Material

Mouthpiece and bladder base

We understand that keeping a plastic bag looking product with a long tube must be difficult to keep clean and mold free. However, this product is made with antimicrobial food-grade TPU material that keeps your liquids insulated and free of any molds and bacteria. 

The hydration bladder comes in three different sizes, so you can buy one for each member of the family on your next outdoor adventure. Also, it comes with dual locking on the mouthpiece tube, so you won't have any leaking when you remove the tube or if you're going on a rugged hike. The mouthpiece itself is at a 90 degree angle, so you can bite down to activate the flow of water easily.

In conclusion, this product is great for those who are looking for a product in different sizes. We also love the cool design and military green color.

Osprey Hydraulics LT Hydration Bladder

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2 and 3L


Slide top

BPA Free, FDA Approved TPU Material

Mouthpiece

Osprey is at it again, and this time they've made a streamlined hydration bladder. This 2 or 3L hydration bladder is made from quality, FDA approved, BPA free, food grade TPU material that is flexible to fit in any backpack. It also has a shape plate that keeps the hydration bladder full yet flat and manageable.

This product comes with a top liquid filling slide enclosure that makes is very easy to fill in low running sinks as well as adding ice. The mouth piece includes a magnetic clasp that pairs with a sternum strap, which makes it easy to access the drinking tube on bike rides. 

We LOVE the look of this hydration bladder. Honestly, it sort of looks like the Ferrari of hydration, so we definitely recommend it for those who want to be a little extra flashy on your next outdoor adventure.


BONLEX Hydration Pack Bladder

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2 and 3L


Twist Lid

BPA Free, FDA Approved TPU Material

Mouthpiece

Never go thirsty again while you bike, hike, or kayak on your next outing. This hydration bladder will keep you as cool as a clam without the need to use your hands. The product comes in a 2L and 3L size for all kinds of activities.

Theres a built in twist off cap with a huge opening making it easy to fill your pack with water and ice. Also, the pack is made from safe materials that won't leave an icky taste in your mouth. Need a sip? Simply bite down on the mouth piece and watch the water flow. Afterward, just flick the off switch and your hydratiom pack will stay closed and leak-free.

If you're looking for a quality produc that will last you a lifetime of ruggedness, this is the product for you.

Platypus Big Zip Hydration Bladder

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1.5, 2 and 3L


Twist Lid

BPA Free, Silver Ion Antimicrobial Material

Mouthpiece and Bladder Base

Not only is the name of this cute (yeah, I like animals) the product also gives its competitors a run for their money. This innovative design uses two different layers: one BPA free tasteless material on the inside, and an ultra durable TPU material on the outside. 

The mouthpiece hose is connected to an auto locking system, making it easy to remove the bladder for refilling. A cinch through the middle of the bladder ensures that the product maintains a flat shape to fit in your backpack. There's also an auto-locking bit in the mouthpiece and the base of the bladder, so nothing leaks or spills.

Lastly, the mouth piece has a 90 degree angle twist feature allowing you to turn the water flow off when not in use. We know you'll love this product!

Camelbak AntidoteTM Hydration Bladder

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2 and 3L


Twist Lid

BPA Free Polyurethane


Mouthpiece and Bladder Base

If you know your hydration bladders, Camelbak was one of the first and most well known brands that sold these bad boys. Packed with a highly respected reputation and years of innovation, Camelbak created this 2L and 3L hydration bladder that is hard to beat.

The product is made from BPA free polyurethane and uses much less materials than their previous models. The hose comes with a locking clip at the base of the bladder and a innovative twist on/off bite down valve. Not only does Camelbak value quality, they also guarantee it with a lifetime warranty. 

All in all, this product gets the job done, keeping you hydrated so you can worry about the more important things, like not slipping on your next cliff hanger.

Zealite Hydration Bladder

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3L


Top Slider and Twist Lid

FDA Approved Microban Material

Mouthpiece and Bladder Base

Last but most certainly not least, Zealite has created a hydration bladder that you won't be able to live without. This sturdy design comes with a thick protective cover sealed with EVA heat-shrinkable tubing that keeps the drinking hose from seeing any damage.

The bladder hose can be removed from the base and a locking system prevents any water from leaking out. There's also a bite down water dispenser mouthpiece that makes drinking very easy. Also, the product comes with dual openings, one twist off and one slider so you can fill the bladder in a low sink or ice through the refrigerator. 

Overall, we love this products versitility and feel. We definitely recommend it for anyone who wants  to keep hydrated on their next outdoor trip.


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