Hydration systems: from water bottle to water filter
Summer, sun, heat... One thing is especially important for outdoor activities during the warm months: staying hydrated! There are various drink systems on the market for this purpose, ranging from the classic water bottle to the modern drinking belt. We present the different options with their advantages and disadvantages to make your choice easier.
Classic water bottles
Water bottles are the most common and affordable option for hydration on the go. They come in different sizes and shapes made of materials such as plastic, stainless steel and glass. They are easy to use, refill and clean and can be carried in backpacks or bags. However, they are not very efficient in terms of water capacity and may not be suitable for long hikes or extreme temperatures.
Water filters, also known as purifiers, are a good option for outdoor enthusiasts because they can extract water from natural sources such as rivers, lakes, or streams. Thanks to technologies such as UV light or carbon filters, bacteria, viruses, and other impurities are removed from the water. Water filters are generally compact, light, and easy to use and can provide safe drinking water in emergencies. However, they may not be very effective against some types of chemicals or heavy metals and may need to be maintained or replaced. Depending on the model, water purification may also take some time.
Hydration packs are designed for hands-free hydration during activities such as hiking, cycling or trail running. They consist of a backpack with a built-in water reservoir, drinking tube and mouthpiece. Alternatively, they offer space for hydration bladders. They are practical, comfortable and have additional pockets for other important items such as snacks, your smartphone or keys. However, hydration packs can be bulky and heavy and are not suitable for longer hikes. In addition, frequent cleaning is not as easy as with classic water bottles. The drinking tube also needs to be maintained and cared for accordingly.
Hydration belts are a similar option to hydration packs, but with a more minimalist design. They consist of a belt that provides space for water bottles or hydration bladders and a small pocket for your keys or smartphone. They are lightweight, easy to use and provide quick access to water during short activities such as running or walking. However, they are not very comfortable during intense activities and do not offer enough capacity for longer adventures.
Choosing the right outdoor hydration system ultimately depends on your personal preferences, needs and activities. Classic water bottles are a good all-round choice for most outdoor activities. However, for long treks that take you near enough natural water sources, a purifier is recommended. Hydration packs and hydration belts, on the other hand, are great options for hands-free hydration on long runs or bike rides. Whichever option you choose, make sure you stay hydrated during any outdoor activity in summer!