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Old Nov 15, 2012, 07:50 AM   #1
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Bladder or bottles for riding off-road?

Bottles get real filthy, real fast I'm noticing. You guys switched to bladders, or is the filth preferred to having the weight on your back?
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:05 AM   #2
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I prefer having my camelbak on my back when I mountain bike. Reason for it is it holds more water, the package can carry more gear and I like having the extra mass near my center as it is easier to control and shift the weight with my body. On the bike it gets tossed around a little more making control a little harder.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:10 AM   #3
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In general I'd say bladders are superior.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:24 AM   #4
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Bladder.. and on occasion it acks as a nice cushion for when you fall on your back!
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:53 AM   #5
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I've always used bottles… a plastic and a metal one… personal preference, I prefer the lower centre of gravity and counter balance they provide, and easy to top up in streams too.

I also prefer their versatility over bladders on multi-day treks into the hills. You can use them to measure ingredients, the metal one is rated to allow you to boil water, saves carrying excess stuff in the rucksack (more weight, loss of efficiency, increased fatigue) and you don't have to worry about shouldering either.

Like I said though, personal preference.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:51 PM   #6
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I use bottles. Since I have an hardtail I can have two, and I prefer to have less on my back (which means cooler temperature), at the price of having to swallow a bit of dirt from time to time. Anyways, it's full of minerals
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 11:33 PM   #7
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I just got a Camelback, but it has an odd taste to it. I'm hoping this goes away.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 03:13 AM   #8
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Cheers guys Put in an order for a bladder (3L Hydrapak fwiw).

I'd love to be able to head out for a day without anything on my back, but always have a backpack in colder weather. Worth a punt and if I get mineral deficient can always stop off for a mudbath
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