Ahhhh, the reservoir. Or is it a bladder? Maybe a hydro-doohickey? Either way, pass over the damn hose, we’re thirsty.
While we are about to breach the peak heat of the summer, we would like to make a proper shout out to the life hack that is the reservoir, bladder or whatever you want to call it. All we know is that this hands-free hydration thingamajig will upgrade any adventure you take it on!
As temperatures reach record high levels across parts of the country it is ever-so important to keep your body refreshed and hydrated. Here is why we say skip the water bottle and opt for the most efficient, easily-packable and effortlessly-lightweight vessel to carry your water.
Why you Need a Reservoir:
If there’s one thing we do today, we want to nail in the notion to DRINK WATER and stress the importance of the trusty reservoir that is in your imminent future. During the peak summer months the heat may keep most people inside, but we know you die-hard adventure addicts aren’t going to shy away from a sweaty challenge. You just have to take into account the 6 P’s:
Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
Always remember that when the elements are heightened, it’s crucial to be aware and prepared. Not only will dehydration affect your performance but it can be detrimental to your daily health. A reservoir can provide you with the proper amount of water along with the easiest mode to drink while you’re on the move. Here are the top reasons to add a bladder to your bag!
As most of you know, one of a hiker’s main goals on any trek is to cut weight to keep their pack as light as possible. Most bladders are designed to provide a lightweight option for hikers to carry their H2O far and wide. While your insulated water bottle may keep your beverages cold and refreshing, you don’t want that extra weight slowing you down on the trail!
- Packable and Compatible
Most daypacks and backpacking bags have built-in features that were designed to fit most standard reservoirs. Gregory goes a step further with our innovative 3D Hydro Reservoirs that integrate perfectly with our fleet of hiking, backpacking and everyday packs. Upgrade your next adventure by enjoying features like an integrated handle and drying hanger, zippered hydration sleeve with SpeedClip hydration hanger, and a Drylock Magnetic bite valve attachment system.
- Premier Accessibility
The most important reason to add a reservoir to your pack is the accessibility factor. No need to stop on the trail, take your pack off and sift through your belongings to find your water bottle. These bladders make drinking water effortless by having a spout planted right on your chest for the ultimate convenience.
- Easier to Clean Than You Think
People sometimes give water reservoirs a bad rep for being hard to clean and maintain compared to water bottles. Yet, our bladders are constructed with a 3D technology that allows them to dry faster. This state-of-the-art design prevents contact between the top and bottom layers, speeding up drying time and discouraging bacteria growth. The 3D design also adds extra space which eliminates the hard to reach places and makes cleaning effortless. Don’t forget to add the reservoir cleaning kit which allows for an easier way to scrub the hose!
- Increased Durability
Most reservoirs are created with increased durability compared to earlier models. The Gregory 3D Hydro Trek features a heavy duty film construction that adds durability over standard hydration reservoirs. It is proven to be pliable but strong and reliably resistant to punctures.
How to Choose the Right Reservoir for You:
So you’ve decided that it’s time to bite the bullet and upgrade your hydration system, but how do you know which reservoir is right for you? Before you make a purchase, take these features into consideration:
- Reservoir Size: The most important feature to factor in is the size of the reservoir that you need. The amount of liters that you want to carry should be determined by what activities you plan on doing and the length of your average trips. Most reservoirs will be between 1-3L, so use your judgment and when in doubt go with the 3L.
- Size of Intended Pack: Another thing to factor in is the size of the backpack that you plan on putting the reservoir in. Some daypacks may be a bit small to fit a full 3L bladder along with your other items.
- Reservoir Features: Reservoirs have definitely gotten a recent glow-up with added features that you may find enticing! These features can include shut-off valves on the mouth piece, magnet or clip hose attachments, hanging clips and openings for cleaning purposes.
Blog written by Alison Lofgren in partnership with Gregory Mountain Products