Hydration back packs.

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  1. xc351

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    Not sure if this belongs here or else ware.

    But I’m after a 2l or so hydration back pack. Something that’s insulated as well. No storage is required. Unless it’s space for frozen ice packs ect.

    I often spend 8hrs at my block shooting or a day at the gun range. It’s all great in the morning but by 12 might as well drink water straight from the kettle. Also one of my comps we walk through the scrub hence the back pack.

    As I’ve had a gastric sleeve I can’t really gulp down water. So just try to sip away at it.

    Also can you throw the bladders in the freezer? Or am I just best filling with ice cubes and then filling with cold water.
     
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    Camelbak.... > everything else. Freeze a block and put it in with lots of water. Energy additives make them go festy.
     
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    Camelbak seems to be the standard. Was just wondering if your paying for the name or is there better more insulated models out.


    Any models you reccomened?
     
  4. apsilon

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    I've only ever had Camelbak so can't really compare to others. A mate did have a Gerber once and it leaked from day 1. if you're going to be using it in the bush, the milspec bladders are slightly thicker and therefore tougher but with the bladder in a pack that becomes less of an issue. I've never had a pack that was just hydration, even my small 18l day pack has storage as well as the bladder sleeve.

    You can freeze the bladders but I'd leave some expansion room. They're a bit stretchy so they're not going to rupture as easily as a bottle but why risk it. You can get insulated sleeves for the bladders and the tubes but it is extra weight.

    I'd recommend a small pack over a pure hydration pack. Surely you're going to carry something other than water? Snacks, first aid kit?
     
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    At my block I only really target shoot but 6 or so hrs in the sun kills me. Leaving bottles of water in the car lasts 5 min.

    I do carry a full first aid kit in my own private ute. I run the full work place survival kit which is great and can be sniped on there ebay page for $80-90

    https://www.survivalfirstaidkits.ne...MIgt3y3_7N4AIVkxiPCh3trgoNEAQYASABEgJY3_D_BwE


    Also when at the range we walk through the scrub for simulated field shotgun buy the time you take a gun/ammo your vest is filling up fast. So my idea is to run a small hydration back under my shotgun vest.

    Many other boys just use a water bottle and every 4th or so stage walk past the ute and powder drink some water. But I can’t really do that.

    A decent freezerable water bottle that can fit in the back of my vest would work. But I can only get 1 x 600ml bottle in there. Which is currently my go to. But I’ll 8am - 5pm as I shoot 2 comps.
     
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    If you're wearing a vest you may find the hydration pack straps are uncomfortable and/or interfere with access to vest pockets. Maybe a new vest that's designed to take a hydration bladder? I don't know of any off hand but I'm sure they'd exist. I have one, can't recall the brand that's basically a vest with a small pack built in and it takes a bladder. I know it was discontinued at the time I bought it several years back but surely someone makes something similar.

    Another possible option if you're only doing longarms is a runners bottle belt. That'd at least give you 2 bottles and maybe a third in the vest back as you currently do.
     
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    Shotgun vests are pretty large. I also do handgun in the arvo. So would take the hydro backpack off and just throw it on the table with my gear. I can generally throw a water bottle in someone’s esky if I get desperate during handgun.

    But it’s 8am till 12ish shotgun that rattles me then 1-4 handgun then a 30min or so drive home.

    The vest is very simple 95% mesh with bit of padding on shoulder with mesh pockets. I could prolly dodgey something up. May look at a specialised shotgun dehydration vest.

    Even when shooting at my property I generally have the vest on me as it holds ammo and a few goodies.
     
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    kreiga do a hydration pack that has options to hitch a range of their bags to it, so you can have a pure hydration bag or also some storage, depending on what you're doing
     
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    I ended up buying one from andoncada (spelling) as I wasn’t a fan of the camelbaks fill lid system. My 2l job allows me to drop In a frozen 600ml bottle as well as pour in 2 extra cold bottles of water in.

    Only thing is it doesn’t come with a insulated cover for the mouth piece. So ordered one from ebay.

    Apparently work stocks camelbaks in high viz so u may see if work will fork out for one. But knowing work will be a cheap model.
     
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    My gf loves them, swears by them. Only problem she has encountered is trying to get a bladder on an older one, and they had changed the setup with them.
     
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    platypus bladders are shitloads better than camelbak ones
     
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    In what way?
     
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    camelbak do a range of insulated packs as well (including full sleeve for the hose), or at least they used to.
     
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