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Bottles vs Bladders

Postby maverick » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:56 pm

Which do you prefer? Did you start off with bottles, and then switched over to bladders? What were the pluses and negatives to you? How many tried bladders, but then switched back to bottles, and why?
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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:45 pm

I have always used bottles. Never even tried to do a bladder because I have never liked the idea of not knowing how much water I have. I like to add two pouches that I hang off the sides of my hip belt that hold my liter bottles and I have been content with that.
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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby rlown » Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:42 pm

I'm a bottle and bladder guy. The bladder is in my pack with electrolytes If i don't think there is water along the trail. I dump it for bottles if I know there will be adequate water. I prefer the bottle. I once watched Mike try to put ice into one of his bladders and spill the 151 from the other bladder. Umm. Saved him some weight i guess. I always care the 151 in it's own bottle.. then two other bottles: 1 for water and the other for the evening mix. interchangeable.

I've also seen older bottles just explode in the cold. Have to refresh your gear occasionally. I don't use the bladder for camp. Just the bottle for nighttime use.
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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby zacjust32 » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:10 pm

I use a 2 liter off-brand bladder that's easier to dry out and clean as my main reservoir. I like to carry Gatorade powder so I also bring a liter Gatorade bottle I refill. Between the two I can choose what type and how much liquid to carry in each. The bottle is also good for making spoons when a bird flies off with yours. :angry:
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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby dave54 » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:48 am

Is it an either/or choice? I use both. Bladder for a sip on the trail, bottle for a longer break or mixing.
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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby markskor » Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:47 am

Tried bladders for a season -
Took up too much room in my 60 backpack,
+ rode too high - balance was off.

Then, one time, my platy burst inside my pack - I hate a wet sleeping bag.
Now, much like Rogue, two one-liter bottles carried/ attached to my waist belt - like pistols - pouches - easy to reach and put back with pack on.
BTW, also use an elastic band to secure the bottles - snaps/ wraps around/ over lids - keeps them safe. (see photo).

Always wonder about those choosing to carry 1 liter nalgenes instead of store-bought, one liter water bottles...
Weight savings for 2 bottles vs 2 heavy nalgenes = ~ 1 pound, and new (clean) bottles are readily available each trip.
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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby maverick » Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:09 am

Always wonder about those choosing to carry 1 liter nalgenes instead of store-bought, one liter water bottles...
Weight savings for 2 bottles vs 2 heavy nalgenes = ~ 1 pound, and new (clean) bottles are readily available each trip.


Did not carry store-bought bottles previously because of BPA, now there are some manufacturers that do not include these harmful chemicals in their bottles. :)
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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby rlown » Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:15 am

maverick wrote:Did not carry store-bought bottles previously because of BPA, now there are some manufacturers, that do not include these harmful chemicals in their bottles.


Ok.. So most here are older than the beginning of BPA usage. Damage already done. :-({|=

http://www.packagingdigest.com/shipping ... istory-bpa

A kind of funny side note. My friend Steve had about 5 Nalgene bottles back in 2009. His wife saw the news that BPA was bad, and she threw out all his bottles, unbeknownst to him :eek: He was kind of ticked off. A nice end to the story. He married someone else.
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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby Jimr » Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:28 pm

I've always used a bottle. It started with a plastic canteen many years ago, then went to Nalgene 1L. Last year, I went with two 1/2 L store bought, but didn't like it, so I went back to the Nalgene. I'll probably go to 1L store bought for weight savings and the Nalgene are a bit tight in my Baltoro 75 water pouch.

I carry a 1L Platypus Platy (I have 5 of them) rolled up in my first aid kit in case I need to carry extra water. It will be good to have if I switch to a store bought bottle in case of leaks, though I doubt that will happen.

Yes Mav, also in case I should ever walk off without my bottle again, I'll have a backup. ](*,)

I have a 2L Platypus courtesy of Hobbes that I used in the desert last spring. I'll be using that more often because I'd like to do more spring desert hiking.
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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby psykokid » Wed Oct 07, 2015 1:40 pm

I do both - I've got a 100 oz mil-spec dark grey Camelback that I normally have in my pack when hiking and then I carry a bottle for treating water to refill the bladder.
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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby maverick » Wed Oct 07, 2015 1:55 pm

Yes Mav, also in case I should ever walk off without my bottle again, I'll have a backup. ](*,)


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Re: Bottles vs Bladders

Postby Snowtrout » Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:13 pm

Never have used a bladder because, like others have said, I do not like not knowing how much water I have left and the fear of a leaking bladder on my down bag. Tried the Nalgene once....way too heavy. Used to carry two 32oz plastic bottles but went to one 32oz since I am usually hiking near water.

For me, the 32oz bottle that works the best is the PowerAde bottle. Slim and fits nicely on the sides of my Osprey pack. Tried Gatorade bottles and the wider shape along with the ribs in the bottle design, made the elastic at the top of my pack's water bottle holders get caught, making it harder to get it in and out.
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