My next hydration bladder. After purchasing a Hydrapak…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 44 USD
My next hydration bladder.
- Almost tasteless
- Softer (more pliable)
- Reversible (easier cleaning/drying)
- Easy to clean
- 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.
Take some time to read the instructions. Especially the opening/closing is essential.
Beyond lifetime guarrantee. Your grandkids are covered so to speak lol.
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.
Loving the measurement. Much needed if you want to keep stats about your hydration needs for future trips.
Really helpful for my BD Speed Zip 33 that supports 2L water bladders and has a more streamlined profile as opposed to my Widepac.
Baffled and full (2.5L).
And with some room to spare because of the tall streamlined profile!
And unbaffled (3L).
Things get pretty tight with Widepac.
The hose connector is a little bulky, but I don't mind.
My only concern is the VERY hard baffle lock/unlock.
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.
The hose's bite valve is ergonomic due to its angle, but is missing the dust/dirt protection cap that Widepac has.
But I'll let you be the judge of that.
The bite valve can be removed easily by just grasping the silicone seal and pulling it away from the other half.
Also included: Food-grade silicone lubricant and a pack clip if your pack doesn't have a velcro loop.
Make sure to lubricate the slide seal otherwise you will have a hard time.
I've done this with an ear pick.
I will apply silicone to the o-ring later on.
I still haven't put any kilometers with this bladder to comment about durability but I've seen some pretty promising clips about that.
Update 15/03/2018: I found the bite valve with it's protective cap (not sold separately) from a website in Germany. You can google "HydraPak Blaster Bite Valve"