Updated November 14, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Hydration Bladders

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in October of 2019. When you're working up a sweat hiking, biking, or running, the last thing you want is to worry about having enough water. That's why you need one of these hydration bladders. They make it a breeze to tote plenty of refreshing liquid to keep you going, which you access by way of a tube for convenience. We've selected both large and small models to cover all kinds of trips. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best hydration bladder on Amazon.

10. Wacool 3 Liter

9. HydraPak Shape-Shift

8. CamelBak Eddy Adapter

7. MSR Dromedary

6. CamelBak Mil Spec Antidote

5. Osprey Hydraulics 1.5 Liter

4. CamelBak Crux

3. Geigerrig Pressurized Hydration Engine

2. Deuter Streamer 2.0

1. Platypus Big Zip Evo

Special Honors

Deluxe Revive Hydration Backpack If you're looking for a more personal touch, the Deluxe Revive Hydration Backpack can be embroidered and/or imprinted to your specifications, whether that's your company logo or family crest. Each one includes a bladder that can hold up to a liter and a tube with a handy drinking valve. deluxe.com

Editor's Notes

November 01, 2019:

Hydration bladders look simple, but they do vary quite a bit in features, so we've looked for a range to accommodate various users. Those who want a lot of usability rolled into one neat package will probably like the Platypus Big Zip Evo. The self-sealing valve is no trouble to use, and it has a pincher grip that you can fill with one hand. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Deuter Streamer 2.0; it's designed to be completely usable, but it remains relatively uncomplicated, making it great for those who seek simplicity. The Wacool 3 Liter is a budget alternative to both of these, but it doesn't provide quite the same level of rugged durability.

We'd also like to note that we've opted not to focus on models that come with hydration packs. Most of our choices will fit in a wide range of packs, with the exception of the Osprey Hydraulics 1.5 Liter, which is designed for lumbar-style models only. We did choose one adapter system, however, the CamelBak Eddy Adapter, which provides a bladder alternative. Its hose is 28 inches long, which some consider to be too short, although this is largely down to personal preference.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on November 14, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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