Hydration Reservoirs

Brand

Cnoc Outdoors
MSR
Hydrapak
Osprey
Gregory
Source
other
Platypus
Sea to Summit
CamelBak

Price

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

Recent Hydration Reservoir Reviews

Cnoc Outdoors Vecto

rated 5 of 5 stars Solid water storage. The material the Vecto is built with is several notches above any other. It's superior in its ability to take abuse and withstand being full and packed tight in a pack, dropped on the ground, thrown etc. No worries about it leaking or bursting inside your pack. Capacity is 2L+. The wide mouth opening is easy to use when scooping from shallow streams or water sources. The locking strap ensures this thing is not coming open in your pack and can easily hang from any thing without… Full review

MSR Dromedary Bags

rated 5 of 5 stars I have two of these, the 4 litre and the 2 litre. They are the older Cordura type and I was kind of hesitant to review them at first because of a recall of some of them due to leaching of a chemical used in manufacturing, but after consulting the store where I purchased them (Mountain Equipment Co-op) I was assured they did not carry the version that were recalled in the late '90s.  I have been using these two water bladders for close to 20 years. They were one of my first purchases when I started… Full review

Hydrapak Shape-Shift 3L

rated 4.5 of 5 stars My next hydration bladder. 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.Take some time to read the instructions. Especially the opening/closing is essential. Beyond lifetime guarrantee. Your grandkids are… Full review

Osprey Hydraulics 2L Reservoir

rated 3.5 of 5 stars No caps to open, lose, or have leaking! A slip-resistant backing keeps the reservoir in place nicely. The mouthpiece needs to be bitten on to release liquid, so this is a bit funky. But in creating this type of mouthpiece, you are truly able to get every last drop of fluid—a suction is created. I used this bladder on my Rim2Rim hiking trip, and it did not disappoint! I would recommend this hydration bladder! I purchased the 2L Hydraulics bladder. In temperatures of 103° during the day, this size… Full review

Osprey Hydraulics LT 2.5L Reservoir

rated 4 of 5 stars Well-thought out details make this the easiest to use of the several reservoir types I have tried over the years. As of 2016 Osprey and Hydrapak combined forces and features to offer up a new line of hydration reservoirs, to be included in Osprey hydration packs but also sold separately. I got mine with an Osprey Skarab 32 purchased in 2017, but I think the reservoir is worth reviewing separately. Here are the mug shot and profile views: The 2.5 L size is big for a lot of the trips that I do in… Full review

Hydrapak Shape-Shift 2L

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A unique folding opening makes filling easy and is leak proof. Shape-Shifts baffle gives the reservoir a slim shape. Plug-n-Play hose disconnects without removing from your pack. As someone who has been using water reservoirs for over 25 years, it was exciting when I got a chance to test Hydrapak's Shape-Shift 2 liter reservoir. My pet peeves through the years have always included leaky threaded closures, a bulbous profile, cleaning issues, and bite valves that to often leaked onto my shirt. The… Full review

Gregory 3D Hydro 3L Reservoir

rated 2 of 5 stars A reservoir with innovations that make sense, but durability could be a big issue. The main advantage is the three-dimensional shape of the reservoir, which allows it to easily fill and dry out. Other plus factors include a fold-away hook to hang it up, an easy-to-use open/shut valve, a sturdy hang hook (if you use it with a Gregory pack), and a baffle to prevent water from sloshing. With or without a Gregory pack, this reservoir should have been a worthy competitor for your hydration needs. Unfortunately,… Full review

Source Widepac Hydration System

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Source Widepac 2L Hydration System is a functional and fully-featured hydration system. The product promises a virtually maintenance-free system, negating many of the common hygiene issues associated with water reservoirs. In this regard, the Widepac does not disappoint. Despite heavy use and abuse, I did not experience any problems with microbial growth. Most components of the system also combined to provide taste-free, clean water. The Sawyer Mini Filter, as part of the Source Water Filtering… Full review

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

Top-Rated Hydration Reservoirs

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cnoc Outdoors Vecto reviewed Dec 21, 2017
$18 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (14)
MSR Dromedary Bags reviewed Dec 12, 2017
$22 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hydrapak Shape-Shift 3L reviewed Dec 3, 2017
$35
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Hydraulics 2L Reservoir reviewed Sep 28, 2017
$28 - $40
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Osprey Hydraulics LT 2.5L Reservoir reviewed Sep 6, 2017
$34
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hydrapak Shape-Shift 2L reviewed May 10, 2017
$33
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Gregory 3D Hydro 3L Reservoir reviewed Mar 6, 2017
$36
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Source Widepac Hydration System reviewed Sep 14, 2016
$29 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cenote Hydration System reviewed Jul 16, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Platypus Hoser reviewed Jul 6, 2016
$16 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Hydromedary reviewed Jun 29, 2016
$28 - $34
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Source WXP LP reviewed Feb 22, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Source WLP reviewed Sep 24, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Hydraulics 3L Reservoir reviewed Sep 9, 2015
$42
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Source D|vide reviewed Sep 2, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Platypus Big Zip LP reviewed Aug 3, 2015
$24 - $38
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Pack Tap reviewed Sep 25, 2014
$20 - $26
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
MSR DromLite Bags reviewed Aug 5, 2014
$24 - $32
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (9)
CamelBak Omega Reservoir reviewed Jul 6, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
CamelBak UnBottle reviewed Jun 23, 2013
$45 - $50
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Platypus Big Zip SL reviewed Apr 25, 2013
$33 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Source Wrap Tank reviewed Feb 9, 2013
$45 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Osprey Hydraform 3 Liter Reservoir reviewed Nov 11, 2012
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Streamer 2.0L reviewed Oct 19, 2012
$32
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nalgene TPE Big Bore Tanker reviewed Sep 17, 2012
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Deuter Streamer 3.0L reviewed Jul 20, 2012
$34
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Antidote Reservoir reviewed Jun 4, 2012
$30 - $33
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Osprey Hydraform 2 Liter Reservoir reviewed May 30, 2012
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Platypus Insulator reviewed Jan 5, 2012
$55 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Platypus Big Zip II reviewed Aug 1, 2010
discontinued
 
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 H2O Horizontal Bladder reviewed Jan 25, 2010
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
MSR CloudLiner reviewed Jul 18, 2009
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak StoAway Reservoir reviewed Oct 14, 2007
$46 - $55
 
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Nalgene CXC Big Bore Tanker reviewed Jun 18, 2007
discontinued
 
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Nalgene CXC Rapid Fill Tanker reviewed Jun 6, 2007
discontinued
CamelBak Crux 100
$26 - $35
Ultimate Direction 70 oz. Reservoir
$35
Salomon Insulated Hydration Kit
$30
Hydrapak Trek Kit 3L
$40 - $60
UltrAspire Bladder
$30
CamelBak Antidote Lumbar 70
$35
Gregory 3D Hydro 2L Reservoir
$34
Salomon Soft Bladder 1.5L /50 oz.
$32 - $39
CamelBak Crux 50
$30 - $33
CamelBak Crux 70
$33
Hydrapak Elite 1.5L
$21
DaKine Replacement Reservoir 2L
$36
CamelBak Crux Lumbar 100
$38 - $39
Hydrapak Full-Force 2L
$33 - $48
Nathan Hydration Bladder
$32
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