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Offline Kreton'sLC

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Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« on: June 18, 2019, 11:18:53 am »
I'm getting ready for a long trip and am looking for a small (1-2 liters), no-frills hydration pack that'll work with a full-faced (non-modular) helmet.  Any recommendations?
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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2019, 12:22:26 pm »
I’ve found good quality, low cost hydration packs at Walmart.
Prefer them to my Camelbacks.

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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2019, 03:00:35 pm »
I’ve found good quality, low cost hydration packs at Walmart.
Prefer them to my Camelbacks.

Yeah I see a few at Walmart and Academy that might work if I can snake the bite valve into my helmet.  I've also got my Bluetooth mic to deal with which could be tricky.
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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2019, 09:56:29 pm »
I either freeze a couple water bottle and put them in the side case, and then I have another one I fill with Ice and water. Then I drink as necessary at each stop. Beats Fumbling with a camel bike while moving....

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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2019, 12:07:37 pm »
If you are running a tankbag, you can squeeze in a bladder and have the end of the hose hang out. They sell neoprene bladder covers on fleabay that work really well at keeping condensation at bay. I carry the whole bladder into convenience store gas stops and fill with ice and water after fueling bike.

Low profile camelback or similar fit well under most jackets and can provide a moderate cooling effect if filled with ice and water. YMMV
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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2019, 12:59:02 pm »
I’ve found good quality, low cost hydration packs at Walmart.
Prefer them to my Camelbacks.

Yeah I see a few at Walmart and Academy that might work if I can snake the bite valve into my helmet.  I've also got my Bluetooth mic to deal with which could be tricky.

I prefer the straight bite valves. Easier to get into helmet.
The 90 deg ones are a little more awkward and always seem
to snag on something.

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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2019, 01:47:49 pm »
Well I found a nice, compact hydration pack at Academy Sports, but after testing in the safety of my living room I found it was just too difficult to snake the bite valve with one hand up under my helmet and position it where I could drink.  I'll just stick to periodic stops with bottled water, but will keep the pack since it's perfect for long walks/runs with the dog.
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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2019, 12:17:02 am »
I got the 1.5L Camelback,  cost me 30 bucks with coupons at a local sporting goods store
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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2019, 01:53:26 am »
I just bought a Klim hydration pak, the adjustment. Straps are ridiculous to adjust , it’s going back and I’m going to make a trip to cycle gear to try some on!

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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2019, 11:04:30 am »
I use the Wal-Mart brand in a tank bag with a modular helmet. I lift the shield and run it in over the chin guard only when I want to drink. I do have to shift the helmet and get the bit valve in just the right position. Drinking a little more often is better than drinking a lot a stops. Even when I stop it is faster and easier to drink than digging out a water bottle.

I will have to go look for the covers.

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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2019, 12:00:18 am »
U won't find anything that will work well with a full face helmet.  It was one of the reasons that I went to a modular helmet.  Easier to sl up p the bite valve up and into it mouth by simply cracking the chin bar up a smidge,  I also installed an on/off valve because I once had the bite valve get caught between my crotch and the tank...    took a few minutes to figure out how THAT part of my body got cold and wet....

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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2019, 09:23:56 pm »
I've done something similar after learning from other moto guys at bicycle races. What's better is having to mount a water bottle cage on the rear cage bag protectors (if you have 'em installed), raise the modular helmet then grabbing the bottle when ever I needed for easy access. I keep the bottle primarily on the left side as the right hand is on the throttle. It keeps stops to a minimum and I can drink as needed. Here's a quick shot of the bottle mounted on the left
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I use the Wal-Mart brand in a tank bag with a modular helmet. I lift the shield and run it in over the chin guard only when I want to drink. I do have to shift the helmet and get the bit valve in just the right position. Drinking a little more often is better than drinking a lot a stops. Even when I stop it is faster and easier to drink than digging out a water bottle.

I will have to go look for the covers.
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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2019, 01:00:22 am »
I just ordered a Kreiger 3.  Or was it a 2 haven’t got it yet but had very good reviews! Kinda spendy though!

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Re: Recommendations for small hydration pack?
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2019, 11:50:15 am »
I haven't seen it with the other brands but the CamelBak has a 90 degree shutoff valve for the bite valve that makes it easier to use with the a  full face helmet. The tubing tends to be about the same size, so the CamelBak 90 degree valve will probably adapt to the other brands.

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