Breaking Out of the Mold: New Hydration Systems Keep it Clean

Dilemma: It's early spring and you're about to break trail on a 20-mile hike. You step out the door to load the car and find your old, moldy hydration bladder buried deep in your trunk. Turns out, you never cleaned it after last fall's epic, and it's a grimy, moldy mess. Solution(s): Yes, you could wash it out. But that takes time and may leave your water supply tasting like cleaning agents. You could also...
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Source Universal Tap Adapter Fills Your Hydration Pack Through The Hose

There are a lot of annoying things about hydration packs, but for me filling up isn't one of them. Apparently for someone, it is. UK hydration company Source has built the Universal Tap Adapter (UTA), which allows you to fill your bladder without removing it from the backpack. The system has a replacement hose (which may or may not work with non-Source bladders) with a one-click removable bite valve. After pulling the bite valve off,...
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Jompy Makes Hydration Pack Hot Water

We love us some multifunction here at Uncooped. Typically, multifunction in outdoor gear equates to one piece of gear that can perform multiple tasks at different times - a Swiss Army knife, for instance. Occasionally, we find a product that can serve multiple functions at once. That's the jackpot. Jambo's the jackpot. The innovative piece of gear is designed to double the capabilities of your average camping or backpacking stove, letting you cook on top...
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Camelbak Releases Low Profile 'Gambler' Backcountry Pack

You know backcountry skiing and snowboarding is blowing up when you see pretty much every size and shape of backpack you could possibly need. This winter we've seen everything from ultra-burly firefighter packs to nylon harnesses. Camelbak shoots the gap with its Gambler, essentially a small hydration pack designed to hold backcountry essentials. Before I get into the details, "Gambler" seems like an odd choice in name for a pack that's designed to haul avalanche...
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Polar Bottle is Your Best Friend...Literally

I actually used a Polar Bottle back when I started mountain biking about 15 years ago. I wasn't impressed. The bottle's reflective insulation is supposed to keep your drink colder, longer, but I didn't find that it worked any better than a regular water bottle. So I wouldn't recommend buying one based solely on the insulation promises, though it's been a long time since I've used one, and things change. But, if you like to...
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CamelBak Introduces Baja LR SUP Hydration Pack

  The sport of stand-up paddleboarding has seen huge growth over the past several years, so it's no surprise that Camelbak has extended its line of wearable hydration to SUP. The Baja LR is purpose-built for paddleboarding and pulls the weight off of your shoulders, planting it on your hips by way of a 2-liter lumbar bladder. The pack also includes a paddle holder, emergency whistle and storage pouch sized for a PFD, making it...
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Steripen Goes Ultralight And Reusable

  Steripen, which has been racking up awards for UV light purifiers like the AdventurerOpti, has launched a bigger, badder model. Actually, it's a smaller, friendlier model. The Freedom is the company's smallest and lightest UV purifier to date and is also its first rechargable model. Given the explosion of portable solar and crank chargers over the past few years, Freedom should be able to ensure that you always have access to clean water, no...
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Under Armour For Your H20

Under Armour, the powerhouse in sports base-layering, has a new line of water bottles built by Thermos. While these are pretty much like any other water bottle, they advertise a few handy features. The flip-top vacuum-seal lid is operated by a one-handed push button that makes for seamless, on-the-fly sipping. The bottles keep beverages cold for 12 hours and feature an ergonomic design and carrying loop. They're available from Dick's Sporting Goods in a variety...
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Gear Review: Hydroflask Stainless Steel Bottles

When you put a particularly cold drink in a glass or steel bottle on a hot day, the bottle’s exterior tends to “sweat” condensation, which can dampen everything that your bottle comes in contact with. It’s an unpleasant surprise when you pick it up, and when you leave it in a pack, you’ll find that anything in its vicinity has gotten wet. Not fun, particularly because I live in a place where the temperature ranges...
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OR 2010: Takeya Glass Bottles

When I first heard that glass water bottles were making their way into the general population, I was wary. The first thing that came to my mind was the image of a glass-littered sidewalk and a thirsty pedestrian, so when I approached the Takeya booth, I did so with trepidation. And the benefits? Survey says the taste; my fellow writer Chris Weiss (see his Bamboo Bottle post) mentioned that glass doesn't alter the taste, and Takeya's...
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Simple But Effective: Water Bottles With Key/Money Storage

  You know when you roll up to the trail head, lock up the car and try to stuff your keys/wallet into a pocket only to realize that your trail running shorts or Lycra bike tights don't have any pockets to use? It's pretty annoying, isn't it? Sure, maybe you have a three-pocket bike jersey or can throw your money in a sock, but, if not, it can be an issue. The new Avex Kangaroo...
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Camelbak Podium Ice Water Bottle Keeps Drinks Cold 4 x Longer

  No matter how dedicated and core we are, a good percentage, if not a majority, of our time outdoors comes in the summer when the mercury is hitting its annual peak. One of the negatives of sweltering temperatures are that they make it very difficult to keep your water or Gatorade cold. And unless you enjoy water that drinks like coffee, this makes for a thirsty day on the trail. Camelbak sent me some...
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Gear Review: Osprey Raptor 14

I got a chance to take the Osprey Raptor 14 out for a test ride this weekend, and while it handles the basics well, it's the little touches of convenience that make the pack stand out. Given their reputation, it's expected that Osprey would do the basics right-the AirScape suspension system keeps the pack comfortable and breathable, and the Raptor's organizational system keeps bike tools in order and easily accessible. But again, if Osprey wasn't...
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Camelbak Introduces PowderBak Wearable Hydration

  Camelbak has continued in its piecemeal introduction of wearable hydration with the new PowderBak. Designed specifically for snowsports, the PowderBak is a compressable, wicking mid-layer vest with a built-in pouch capable of holding a 72-ounce bladder. When I first looked at the press release, I assumed this was a full shirt because Camelbak introduced the ShredBak last year, which was also a wearable-hydration vest. When I pressed for distinguishing characteristics of the two, the...
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Nathan's Stainless Steel Bottle

I'm pretty picky when it comes to water bottles-I can't stand wide-mouth openings, but straws have a tendency to leak, I need something that'll fit into a cupholder, but I also need something that's tough enough to follow me into the wilderness, and I need something that I can afford. And if it's at all possible, I'd like to walk around with a water bottle without looking like a tool. That said, I've become a...
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Pressure Pak Adds Some Squirt to Your Hydration Pack

I've never really had a problem with sipping water out of my Camelbak, but apparently for some it's an issue. At least that's what the motto "Never Suck Again" would have one believe. The Pressure Pak is an interesting product that pressurizes the water in your hydration bladder so that you can simply press down on the bite valve to get a spray. The Pressure Pak goes around your bladder and includes a hand pump...
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Hydrapak's Gel*Bot: Hydration and Energy on the Run

On long trail runs, getting adequate hydration and nutrition can be a problem. There aren't many water fountains to be found in nature, and you don't want to find yourself dehydrated 10 miles out from where you parked. In addition, sport get packages can be handy for fueling up on the go, but after you've eaten the gel, the empty foil pouch can be a sticky mess. That's why Hydrapak's Gel*Bot (gel/bottle, get it?) is...
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Acumen Hydra-Alert Sport Watches Track Your Hydration Needs

Even when you find reliable guidelines for how much water you should consume on any given day, there're always a few caveats (amount of exercise, temperature, environment, body type, etc.). It's never just a simple figure, and it can be difficult to gauge where your hydration is at right up until you see that orange gold swirling in the toilet.   Since determining your own hydration level can be a challenge, and since it's rather important,...
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Ladies Can Have Fun Peeing in the Wild Too: Go Girl

As I was strolling the far corners of Outdoor Retailer a few weeks ago, I came across the stand for Go Girl. Having seen it before on the Web, I stopped by briefly to get a closer look. Then I had a fateful idea: ask for a sample for my wife. I wasn't sure if she'd actually use it, but I did know it would make a hilarious gag gift. Hilarious alright, but the joke...
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AMK Survival Bottle: Quick Access Survival Tips

  The AMK S.O.L. Survival Bottle is a simple stainless steel water bottle that uses the exterior to convey some important survival tips and information, as well as water bottle trivia. While I could live without the latter, tattooing survival instructions pertaining to hydration on a water bottle is a great idea. While you may not need to know things like "How to Purify Water" and "How to Find Water in the Desert" when toting...
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