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Water Storage Bags

Postby maverick » Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:28 am

Currrenty use a 1.5 G Platypus for backpacking and do not care for it, zipper on it is
not working and is very unbalanced when not full. The 96 fl.oz. Nalgene Wide-Mouth
that was used prior to the Platypus sprung a leak after its third trip even though it was
delicately used.
So what do those of you who use campsites that may be a longer distance from
water sources frequently, like up on a ridge, or when hiking in a desert climate use
for carrying/storing water? Has to be collapsible, carry at least 1.5 G, be leak proof,
and lightweight.
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby rlown » Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:41 pm

if it's full, with water, it doesn't have to be collapsible. Could be milk jugs at that point hanging on a strap on the back of your pack. That costs nothing until you fill it up and suspend it off the back of your pack.

I carry a 2L camelback pack insert which i only use going uphill or in camp. It helps me uphill as i insert electrolyte tabs in it prior to filling it up, and with the "suck tube", i can do hills without dismounting my pack.

Still, i'd do milk jugs if I had to for a ridge trip.
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby freestone » Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:26 am

Trail Designs sells these:
http://www.traildesigns.com/accessories/water-carriers

I used the MSR 4 liter Dromedary on my last trip at Joshua Tree and they are very well constructed, but heavy, but so is water and in the desert, I didn't want to worry about leaks.

I usually just buy a new 2liter platypus bag every year or so for the Sierra trips.
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby longri » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:33 am

I use the 2 liter platypus bottles most of the time. That's only half a gallon but they weigh little and take up minimal space so we usually carry several of them even when camped close to water. They have no handles and are floppy and annoying to pour though.

I've used two liter soda bottles in the desert and for big wall climbing where the lack of collapsibility matters less. In a pinch I've used gallon zip lock bags. You have to be kind of careful with those.

I suppose you could empty out the bear canister and fill that with water.
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby larry1 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:33 pm

Osprey Hydraulics 3 liter. Available from REI, replacement tubing and bite valve also available. I rarely use the total capacity but its nice to have. I get uncomfortable with the thought of running out of water. Good idea on the electrolyte tabs.
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby austex » Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:19 am

Rumrunner flasks. They come in various sizes. Light. The largest capacity is 32oz also have 8 and 16 oz. Drawback is the mouths are small. Roll up when empty and stand when they have liquid in them. Also double duty as they are great for smuggling booze on cruise ships.
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby maverick » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:02 am

Thank you for everybody's input so far.
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby paul » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:25 am

MSR Dromlite - lighter than the dromedary, but still seems plenty tough. Handles freezing and stays flexible. Has a nice cap that is nalgene liter size wide mouth but also with small spout and tiny spout, so it's pretty easy to pour out of in a controlled manner or hang up and dispense. I have the 4-liter, I think.
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby JWreno » Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:09 pm

We each carry a 3 liter MSR bag. I have been using them for several years. We set up camp mostly away from water and use the bags a mile or two before setting up camp. We like to have enough water to get use through the evening and to get going in the morning until we come across the next stream. I rinse them out at the end of each trip with a light bleach solution followed by tap water rinse and let them dry out before storing.
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby overheadx2 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:55 pm

Mav, I always stay at water so I don't know if this helps for your purpose, but I usually fill a waterproof sea to summit 8-10 liter stuff sack full of water. I fill it up, fold it down and use the folded clip part as the handle. I then hang 4-5 liters from a branch and scoop water out as needed or I attach a hose to the bottom and drain out what I need.
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby austex » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:09 am

overheadx2 wrote:Mav, I always stay at water so I don't know if this helps for your purpose, but I usually fill a waterproof sea to summit 8-10 liter stuff sack full of water. I fill it up, fold it down and use the folded clip part as the handle. I then hang 4-5 liters from a branch and scoop water out as needed or I attach a hose to the bottom and drain out what I need.

How do you attach a hose to the bottom?
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Re: Water Storage Bags

Postby AlmostThere » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:24 am

I use a Platypus Big Zip for drinking water and a 96 oz Nalgene soft sided for hauling it. Both are more than five years old, have the labels worn off them, and have never turned yellow or leaked. Except for that time I failed to tighten the lid on the Nalgene adequately.
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