Hydration Reservoirs

Brands

High Sierra
NRS
Sea to Summit
Osprey
Platypus
Deuter
MSR
CamelBak
Gregory
Source

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 and above

Recent Hydration Reservoir Reviews

Cenote Hydration System

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight, recyclable water bladder. This hydration bladder system is much lighter than other brands. If you hoist some of the other companies products you can see why many people opt not to use them. I have had this for two years of biking, hiking, and kayaking and it is still going strong with no signs of wear or fatigue. Over the years I have had bad experiences with other bags getting gross from the use of anything other than just water. I trained myself to stay away from any mixes or sport… Full review

Platypus Hoser

rated 5 of 5 stars Bulletproof and lightweight way to keep hydrated on the go. I've had a 3L Hoser for about 3 years now. I'll start with the one drawback: It's tough to get much water in it from a non-flowing source of water, but this is easily solved by pouring water into it with some other container.  Filling it from a flowing stream is cake. Besides that, I have nothing but praise for it. Even the one drawback actually comes with two big positives:      1. The opening is small, but that means you don't have… Full review

MSR Hydromedary

rated 5 of 5 stars I have the 3 liter variant of this bladder and it has been fantastic. It is well built and has taken a beating on the trails and quickly connects to my Miniworks filter so I can quickly fill it with clean water. This product is best for backpacking, hiking, camping, or really any outdoor activity. I even took mine to the beach one day! Some complain about the two loops as opposed to one, but my pack has two hooks for hydration bladders so it works great for me, definitely recommend. I bought this… Full review

Source Widepac

rated 5 of 5 stars Practical and easy to use water bladder. Source Widepac 3L in a Berghaus Wilderness rucksack I picked this model of water bladder over others for two main reasons. It is a little lighter in weight. It opens from the top, which I find more practical especially when I need to pour water from the bladder into a pot for cooking. And its bite valve comes with a cover to keep dirt off the valve—a useful feature when you set your pack down on the ground and it topples over as packs do. The slider looks… Full review

Source Widepac

rated 4 of 5 stars So much easier to open, close, and clean than bladders with screw tops. The new Helix bite valve is easier to clean than the original style, but too large and difficult to open/operate, especially one-handed (while biking). Overall, though, my favorite bladder. After years of struggling with the impossible to open CamelBak bladders, I was happily introduced to the Source slide top bladder. It is so easy to open and close that I was skeptical as to how leak-proof it would be, but I've never had an… Full review

Source WXP LP

rated 4 of 5 stars Holds water and no funny taste after a few days. This is also a very durable piece of equipment. I changed the bite valve since the original one leaked. This bladder is a great piece of equipment that is well thought out and does what it says it will. I had an issue with the bite valve so swapped it for a Camelbak—one problem solved. I have used this bladder for a couple of years and it is still in good shape, holds no funny tastes and doesn't leak. I would recommend it to anyone. I have the 3… Full review

MSR Dromedary Bags

rated 5 of 5 stars Indestructible, indispensable, 11th essential. I bought the MSR 10 liter dromedary bag about 5 years ago because I wanted a versatile form of water storage that did more than just quench my thirst. I love backpacking around rivers a lot and was sick of walking to the river every time I needed to fill a bottle, wash a dish, wash my hands or fill my Jetboil for cooking. I also needed a reliable form of large capacity water storage for missions where water sources were far and few between. I came… Full review

Source Widepac

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Same as Platypus, but much cheaper. I bought the 3L version on July '15 and it (almost) never left my backpack. Before Source I was relying on two and maybe sometimes, three stainless steel thermoses for my hydration. That put a lot of extra weight, not to mention that I ended up getting dehydrated most of the times because I hated to stall the team or be left behind in order to get the thermos on/off the backpack. So I drank mainly at stops. And then Source came into play with its fulfilling 3L… Full review

Source WXP LP

rated 5 of 5 stars Easy to fill, clean, dry. Does not absorb odors or flavors. Easy-connect lines and mouthpieces. I've bought maybe seven hydration systems for myself and my family over the years.  All of them worked, but were a nuisance to clean. You can't easily remove the lines and bite valves. They absorb flavors and odors. Not the Source system. These guys really thought out their product, and produced well built stuff. The bladder has this crazy coating so it won't absorb flavors or odors. Every piece has… Full review

Top-Rated Hydration Reservoirs

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High Sierra Hydration Reservoir
$10 - $12
NRS PFD Hydration Pack Bladder
$13
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Pack Tap
$20
Osprey Hydraulics LT Reservoir
$21 - $36
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Platypus Hoser
$23 - $25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Streamer 2.0
$24 - $32
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
MSR DromLite Bag
$25 - $32
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir
$25 - $33
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Antidote Reservoir
$26 - $35
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Deuter Streamer 3.0
$27 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Platypus Big Zip LP
$28 - $36
user rating: 5 of 5 (13)
MSR Dromedary Bags
$28 - $49
Gregory 2 L Reservoir
$29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Source Widepac
$29
Hydrapak Elite Reversible Reservoir
$30
DaKine Replacement Reservoir 2L
$30 MSRP
DaKine Replacement Reservoir 3L
$30 MSRP
CamelBak Antidote Lumbar 70
$31 - $37
Salomon Soft Bladder 1.5L /50 oz.
$32 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Source WLP
$32
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hydrapak Shape-Shift Reversible Reservoir
$33
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Platypus Big Zip SL
$33 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Hydromedary
$35
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
CamelBak UnBottle
$35 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Source WXP LP
$39
Geigerrig Hydration Engine
$41
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak StoAway Reservoir
$42 - $60
Mazama Dualocity
$45 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Source D|vide
$45
Source Durabag
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Source Wrap Tank
$45 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Platypus Insulator
$55 MSRP
Source Ultimate
$55
Source Widepac Filter
$59
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cenote Hydration System
 
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 H2O Horizontal Bladder
Ultimate Direction 70 oz. Reservoir
Salomon Insulated Hydration Kit
CamelBak Antidote Lumbar 100
UltrAspire Bladder
Sawyer Blue Bag Clean Storage Vessel
Nathan Hydration Bladder
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nalgene TPE Big Bore Tanker
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Osprey Hydraform 3 Liter Reservoir
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Osprey Hydraform 2 Liter Reservoir
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (9)
CamelBak Omega Reservoir
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Platypus Big Zip II
discontinued
 
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Nalgene CXC Rapid Fill Tanker
discontinued
 
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Nalgene CXC Big Bore Tanker
discontinued
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
MSR CloudLiner
discontinued

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