Bottles, bladders, flasks, which one is right for you?
So many options, so many trails, which do you choose?
Here are some tips!
Bottles - Our bottle based packs are fantastic for quick to refill, easy to clean, and easy to manage fluid consumption. They ride very high on your back for easy access and no bounce. In racing they are the fastest at transitions and if you have a 2 bottle pack you can run two different hydration mixes. They are not good for cycling, but for running and hiking they work fantastic.
If you run less than an hour at a time, or have a place to refill training and racing that is no more than 60 minutes apart, the HydraQuiver Single Barrel or HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 with 24 oz are perfect options. If consistently 2 or more hours between refill, consider the HydraQuiver Double Barrel or HydraQuiver Vest Pack 2 for 48 oz of fluids.
Bladders - Our bladder based packs are exceptionally stable and breathable. They work perfectly for cycling and running so if you tackle both sports this will be a better option if you only want one pack. It is harder to manage fluid consumption with a bladder, they are messier to clean than bottles, but allow you to fill just one reservoir. We have options ranging from 1L to 3L bladder capacity, and you can add up to 600ml soft flask up front in both pockets too.
If you run less than an hour at a time, or have a place to refill training and racing that is no more than 60 minutes apart, the Gear Vest Regular or Gear Vest Pro is perfect. If 2 hours or more and you don't carry a lot of accessories with you, the Endurance Pack will rock. If you like to carry the kitchen sink on the trail, or you have a big kit requirement due to racing regulations and/or weather, the Adventure Pack 12L and 20L are the go to (we love these for hiking too).
Flasks - Soft flasks are great for shorter distance training/racing where refills can happen every hour or so. They are super quick to refill, fairly easy to clean, and easy to have spares in transition. All of our bladder based packs have the ability to run soft flasks up front, and we have the super tiny PFV that carries just a 450ml flask in the front storage for short jaunts.
If you regularly run or ride less than an hour, the PFV is great, or many use the Gear Vest with a flask or two, and put a jacket or layers in the back without the bladder. If you like to go big on adventure, the Adventure Pack 12L and 20L can hold a lot of cargo, carry a bladder for a reserve if there is a big section, or just run flask up front.