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RE: Hydration backpack for day hikes ?

We have a few different brands and models in our house.

Look carefully at the design of the bladder and the sealing method.
I've had one with a wide open top that was great for filling, but with a tricky "fold over and slide a peg thingy over it" sealing system.
Others have a jam jar screw top which is better -
But make sure they are robust, fairly thick heavy plastics and that the welds are good. When they are being filled up they get damn heavy and if you're holding the spout with one hand and working the tap with the other, you can easily apply a lot of physical stress and spring a leak.

Macpac from New Zealand has been my favourite.


Cheers,
John K


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