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Just curious how many people ride with hydration packs? I'm a little behind the times as usual (lol, like 10 years!) but I just recently picked one up for riding. Loving it so far other than it's a little clumsy to get on with my big jacket.

I had looked at the CamelBaks a few years ago, but they were super pricey and I didn't bother picking one up. On my KLR I would just throw a bottle of water in the trunk and go. Since I picked up the WR250R and it has zero cargo capacity, I figured I would have another look at the hydration packs. Found a Teton Trailrider 2 on Amazon for like $30 CDN. I was out for an hour or two yesterday and I managed to chug over a liter of water.

So far I'm just emptying the bladder out and then throwing it in the deep freeze to keep nasty stuff from growing in it. I tried drying it out once, but that seems nearly impossible. Any other tips and tricks for a newb to hydration packs?
 

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I don't use one when I ride. Like you, on the KLR, I carry a bottle of water in my bag. I stop often enough that I can drink.
But I do use a hydration bladder when I hike and go backpacking. At one time I had a Camelbak. Good quality and fairly indestructible. I did manage to ruin it (don't ask). Now I use an army surplus bladder.
There are cleaning kits available. These include a brush for the bladder, a long skinny brush for the tube and a drying rack. Camelbak sells a cleaning kit. But I found a generic kit at Walmart for a much cheaper price.
After day hikes I usually clean it after every use. On backpacking trips I have gone up to 6 days without cleaning. As long as the water is purified, I have not had a problem.
I clean it with soap and water, using the brushes. After the backpacking trips, or if it sets for a while, after I clean it with soap & water I fill it with a bleach & water solution. I let this soak for about an hour to kill any bugs that may be left inside. Camelbak sells packets of a water soluble antimicrobial that may be a little less harsh than bleach.
The drying rack folds, slips inside the bladder then unfolds. This helps let the air circulate and dry the inside. I remove the bite valve, hang it up and let everything air dry.
 

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Good tips, thank you :). I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for one of those drying racks at Wal-Mart, I tried just propping it open once but it didn't seem to dry. I think the rack would make a big difference.


Bladders seem fairly durable as well, I took a tumble in the sand dunes and pretty much landed on the pack but it was fine. Lol, could have been the sand that saved it though, soft landing.

Still a lot easier drinking out of a bottle though. Especially when you forget to open the valve! :t1202:
 

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Without my hydration backpack, don't know if I could have made it through the highway-turned-into-a-parking-lot connecting Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, TN, one late afternoon last summer!

High-90's F. temperature, blazing sun, and bumper-to-bumper traffic moving slower than a man can walk. The garish "attractions" locally had just dismissed the thousands of young tourists and their parents who frequent that entertainment industry, and I was caught up in that quagmire.

No chance to reach for a water bottle; pulling off the highway meant questionably getting back on. All in the heat of eastern Tennessee; humidity supplied perhaps by the TVA lakes.

Hydration helps prevent heat stroke. The ability to take a drink at any time can be important, in a situation like that; actually, sound health any time, especially in hot ambient temperature.

My bladder-and-pack at the time was the lowest-cost one on Target's shelves; worked fine; have had to replace the bite valve once (REI has the part). Turned ON by the user biting the valve at the hose tip.

Since, have obtained a jacket with a built-in bladder pouch and hose hole (Joe Rocket Ballastic Adventure).

That said, that's one way to stay hydrated (bladder pack). Not the only way. For health's sake, good idea to find one; hydration pack is convenient and practical when riding, in my experience.

And, oh. You're supposed to CLEAN these things? :)
 

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I have a Camelback, holds two liters. I throw in an electrolyte/flavor tablet with each fill.
Like Damocles, I could not imagine going through Moab,UT in June without it. I like the pockets mine has...I keep the tablets and my...protective device in them.
 

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JF, may I call you that?, what you can do with a restoration is....incredible!
Thanks for sharing the pics. !!
 

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JF, may I call you that?, what you can do with a restoration is....incredible!
Thanks for sharing the pics. !!
Thanks ML
I like when others appreciate quality work, you should see what I did for a
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BTW to stay on topic I dont use a hydratation pack while riding my KLR because its not the kind of motorcycle one would use to race or not need to stop for a drink from a bottle stashed in a tank bag or top case. But I suppose its fun to pretend one is riding a more nimble,lighter,more extreme motorcycle once in a while.
 

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BTW to stay on topic I dont use a hydratation pack while riding my KLR because its not the kind of motorcycle one would use to race or not need to stop for a drink from a bottle stashed in a tank bag or top case.
Nothing mandates a hydration pack, Jeepflabe! You're certainly entitled to your choice of hydration technique.

I find a hydration pack convenient; the hose is accessible to any headgear (no need to remove helmet to take a drink), and . . . no need to stop and grab for a water bottle (as in, open tank bag or top case), unscrew cap, replace cap, and stow bottle. Easier and simpler to simply turn one's head and bite the valve, moving or stopped, on or off the bike.

Further, the accessibility of the hose encourages hydration, promoting hot weather health. Yes, hydration can be accomplished other ways, and if you choose them, use them freely in good health.

My hydration pack (or my recently-acquired Joe Rocket Adventure Ballistic Jacket with its built-in pocket and hose hole) somehow did not come with the grandiose Walter Mitty-like fantasies you suggest. Only the concept of imminent access to water. Yet, I think our Armed Forces now have hydration packs as standard issue field equipment, regardless of duty assignment.

Again, my experience (weather somewhat warmer at lower latitudes than Canada's) and preference only; you're certainly welcome to yours.
 

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Thanks ML
I like when others appreciate quality work, you should see what I did for a
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BTW to stay on topic I dont use a hydratation pack while riding my KLR because its not the kind of motorcycle one would use to race or not need to stop for a drink from a bottle stashed in a tank bag or top case. But I suppose its fun to pretend one is riding a more nimble,lighter,more extreme motorcycle once in a while.
Yup, when I'm on the KLR and I know I'm going to be out for a bit I just throw a bottle of water in the trunk. I bought my pack for the WR250R though, it's got nothing for cargo, no rack, or tank bag, nothing... Kinda handy as well, the pack has a mesh pocket that I can stash a snack or two in to keep my fat levels up. :bike:
 

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I think I like the CamelBak style of bite valve better than the one I have on my Teton pack. I think the CamelBak has a valve with a 90 degree angle on it and then a larger rounded portion that you bite on?
Mine has a straight rubber bite valve with the whole thing being pretty much the same diameter. You have to bite on it in pretty much one spot to open it and allow water through, a little more clumsy than Camel's design, but I guess it's just something you have to get used to. Lol, plus mine has a pull out valve feature on the bite thingy. If you forget to pull it out before trying to drink out of it you don't get any water! I leave it open when I'm riding and it hasn't leaked so I'm not even sure why they included that feature.
 

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My bite valve on my KLR-thrifty bladder hose (wish more pleasant-sounding words were available for nomenclature!) from Target failed after a few seasons' service. Thus, I made my way to REI (a member, although not consonant with REI's politics) to purchase a replacement. Sure enough, they've got 'em. Don't know whether they're CamelBack (we diverge, politically, also!) or not, but . . . quite ergonomic and effective.



Minimum amount of gnawing required to start water flowing; no shut-off valve; doesn't leak.
 

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I leave a Platypus brand "hoser" bag in my tank bag. The tank bag goes only for longish days or when I want a map window.

I'd rather let the MC carry the weight. Plus there's less stuff to deal with at stops.

You can see the blue bite valve at the back of the tank bag. My KLR tank bag has no zip, so the tube goes up under the "cap" that's held on with velcro straps.

 

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Cool, but could use a little "close-up," some frame-filling detail in your image, Grinnin!

:)

Otherwise, great scenery, magnificent mountain!
 

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Every other pic of the KLR that I found is either 1) without tankbag, 2) in camp with hydration bag out for cooking, or 3) the right side of the bike. (Surprising how few pics I have of the left side.)

I suppose I could take the camera and tank bag out and set it up. But every tank bag or hydration bladder will be a little different. With this other tank bag the hose exits at the rear and clips farther forward. Bite valve is hidden behind the mirror so I STILL don't show detail.

 

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Every other pic of the KLR that I found is either 1) without tankbag, 2) in camp with hydration bag out for cooking, or 3) the right side of the bike. (Surprising how few pics I have of the left side.)

I suppose I could take the camera and tank bag out and set it up. But every tank bag or hydration bladder will be a little different. With this other tank bag the hose exits at the rear and clips farther forward. Bite valve is hidden behind the mirror so I STILL don't show detail.

Love this pic!
Keeping the bladder in the tank bag is an excellent idea. I've never ran a tank bag on any of my bikes though... I really should scoop one someday :)
 

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I use the Ogio Atlas.



Made more for motorcycle duty but works well for hiking also. It does not have a lot of extra storage but it is very narrow and compact for a 3 liter unit. The straps don't flap in the breeze.
I actually bought it to use on long trips on my FJR. A real lifesaver when crossing Nevada in July. When I get rolling on a long trip I don't like to make frequent stops and this allows me to stay Hydrated on 200 mile runs between gas stops.
In the summer I fill it with ice first and then top up with water.
 

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FWIW my Camelbak says LOBO on it...model??
More importantly, as a real live HEALTH CARE Professional, get some of Camelbak's "Elixir" tablets. Put one in the bag with each fill up. Gives you electrolytes and flavor.
What more could you ask for!!
 
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