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hydration backpacks

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hydration backpacks

I am looking for the BEST FITTING hydration backpack for a small woman. Any suggestions??
What is your experience with backpack/camelbak hydration? Is it worth the bother? I tend to go all day without taking a drink. I have to STOP and MAKE myself sip..Otherwise, I just never feel thirsty.

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Hello,Coming from a MTB

Hello,
Coming from a MTB perspective with some road experience…
Things to think about …
- are you carrying other water sources… bottles on frame, for example. If you like water 'enhancers'/mixes you can put those in a bottle and keep clean water in the pack… easier for cleaning purposes.
- weight and heat on your back… bladders come in varied sizes (liters or oz).
- ability to clean mouthpiece, tubing, and bladder (not using water 'enhancers' helps keep them cleaner, longer)
- carry on back… as in backpack… or on waist… fannypack style.

I've used both waist and back carriers, carried 70oz and 100oz bladders. I have rarely used up the water in a 100oz… only on an extremely hot and long day mtb-packing around Mt Hood, Oregon.
I either partially fill the large bladders or use a smaller bladder in a small backpack.

There are elastic loop, velcro, plastic retainers, magnetic retainers and at least one reel-type hose retainer, used to keep your mouthpiece and tube close at hand. I prefer the magnetic. Once I trained myself where the metal baseplate was on my sternum strap, I was able to replace the tube without looking.

Mouthpieces are generally the 'bite' type… a slit in the silicone tip that you squeeze with your lips or teeth and suck the water out. They come apart for cleaning (highly recommended to do before they get nasty), you can carry a spare easily although they last a good while. Some offer an "on/off" feature whether it's an actual valve you turn or just rotate the head itself. If you forget and leave the valve open… lay your pack down… you might see a water pool when you go to pick it back up.

There are women-specific backpacks made now with shoulder straps contoured more for the female physique.
Best advice is to try them on, walk around the store, reach up, down, whatever, to see how they feel and if they rub wrong or interfere with arm movement.

I find the smaller ones handy if they have compartments/pockets that I can throw some I.D. in, a money pouch, sunglasses and maybe an mp3 player with earbuds. They effectively become your purse/shoulder bag which is handy… in certain countries I understand you need to be concerned about pickpockets though.

If you have to force yourself to drink water… it doesn't matter how you carry it… you're not likely to start drinking if you haven't changed your mindfulness towards hydration… I would start there first.
Once you've trained yourself to stay properly hydrated… you'll have a MUCH better idea about requirements for both volume and how to carry it.
I also teach wilderness survival and staying hydrated is a very important issue outdoors no matter what activity you pursue.
Best wishes on finding the right method for you! :)