The 10 Best Reservoirs For Hydration Packs
This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in November of 2018. A good, sturdy hydration pack -- think CamelBak, Osprey and the like -- should last you many years of exercising and adventuring. But the water bladder inside? Unfortunately, those wear out much quicker than the bags designed to hold them. If you're looking for a replacement reservoir, or even just one to add H2O-carrying abilities to your standard backpack, here's a number of solid options. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
November 28, 2018:
Two of the biggest problems when buying hydration bladders are durability (many products out there begin to leak after a year or two of heavy use) and taste (many cheap ones can also carry that dreaded plastic flavor, which makes drinking out of them unpleasant, to say the least). In this list, we made sure to either pick models that avoided those issues altogether, or to point them out wherever possible. We were also careful to choose a variety of models suitable for a variety of activities -- the Platypuses at #2 and #9, for instance, feature basic designs that work great in a range of situations, while the MSR at #4 is ideal mainly for ultralight hiking and backpacking applications. The Geigerrig at #1 earned that spot because of, well, its sheer utility -- why not have a bladder that you can both drink and shower from?