Hydrapak Shape-Shift 3L

Reviews

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My next hydration bladder. After purchasing a Hydrapak…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 44 USD

Summary

My next hydration bladder.

Pros

  • Almost tasteless
  • Softer (more pliable)
  • Reversible (easier cleaning/drying)
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Very hard to baffle/unbaffle
  • Missing dust/dirt protection cap for the hose

After purchasing a Hydrapak Stash 750 ml and being very satisfied with its taste(less)ness? I searched for Hydrapak's hydration bladder options in order to replace my Source Widepak (still performs perfectly btw, just wanted to upgrade).

I came to choose the Shape-Shift 3L because of the same materials used in the Stash and its versatility.
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Take some time to read the instructions. Especially the opening/closing is essential.
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Beyond lifetime guarrantee. Your grandkids are covered so to speak lol.
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The capacity when baffled is reduced from 3L to 2.5L that is helpful when you don't need much water and in order to reduce the wobbling.
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Loving the measurement. Much needed if you want to keep stats about your hydration needs for future trips.
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Really helpful for my BD Speed Zip 33 that supports 2L water bladders and has a more streamlined profile as opposed to my Widepac.
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Baffled and full (2.5L).
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And with some room to spare because of the tall streamlined profile!
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And unbaffled (3L).
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Things get pretty tight with Widepac.
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The hose connector is a little bulky, but I don't mind.
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My only concern is the VERY hard baffle lock/unlock.
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Tip: To unlock the baffle and dry the bladder you have to half-reverse the bladder and THEN start the unlocking. After that reverse the other half.
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The hose's bite valve is ergonomic due to its angle, but is missing the dust/dirt protection cap that Widepac has.


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The bite valve's opening is larger than Widepac's resulting in 20-25% better flow in my opinion.


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But I'll let you be the judge of that.
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The bite valve can be removed easily by just grasping the silicone seal and pulling it away from the other half.
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Also included: Food-grade silicone lubricant and a pack clip if your pack doesn't have a velcro loop.


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Make sure to lubricate the slide seal otherwise you will have a hard time.

I've done this with an ear pick.
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Apply here...
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...and here.
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I will apply silicone to the o-ring later on.
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I still haven't put any kilometers with this bladder to comment about durability but I've seen some pretty promising clips about that.



Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

I have the same reservoir, Nick. I hope you'll let us know how it works out for you.


12 days ago
Nick Mesarhakis

Thanks Alicia! Did you find any solution about the protection cap? Widepac's doesn't fit..


12 days ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

I don't use a protection cap, except if it's for keeping a reservoir tube and nozzle from freezing in cold temps. So it's not an issue for me.I forgot to mention, but the fact that you can reverse it for cleaning it one of my favorite reasons to use this one.


11 days ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

p.s. I feel like there should be some DIY hack to make a cover the bite valve...


11 days ago
Nick Mesarhakis

Yes, the reversing is very handy! I will keep you posted if I find anything compatible.


11 days ago

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