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View Poll Results: Which do you most often use for your backpacking drinking water?
Bottles 29 38.16%
Bladder 13 17.11%
Both on same trip 34 44.74%
Voters: 76. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-22-2013, 08:21 PM
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Bladders versus Bottles

Do you more often opt for water bottles or a hydration bladder or both?

Certainly there are advantages and disadvantages for each choice, and there are a number of variables (weather, need for hands-free,...) that make one option better than another for certain trips. Feel free to discuss the "variables" and your preferences.

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Old 09-23-2013, 06:09 AM
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I have tried a hydration bladder for backpacking a couple times but it didn't catch on. The bladder NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:45 AM
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I hike with my wife, and we don't like sucking water out of a tube. But we do like the camelback co NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:16 AM
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It varies with the hike but I do prefer bottles. If I'm expecting narrow, overgrown trail or some b NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:49 AM
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I've had a couple leaks on water bladders. Once, the leak was at the bottom where the tube was conne NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:23 PM
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I voted "bladder + bottle," but I don't know if a "Pack Tap" really counts as a NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here

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Old 09-23-2013, 04:41 PM
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I just don't get the bladder thing.

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Old 09-23-2013, 05:53 PM
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I usually take both. I use the bottles for drinking around camp, and prefer the bladder for hiking. NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:18 PM
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Both.

Bladder - like the packability and the capacity. Sucking water through the tub NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:59 PM
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i'm a 'both' kinda guy. bladders have this really awesome convenience factor in camp, you can hang t NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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