Klim Hydrapak Reservoir
A good place to keep your water.
I had the pack from a Leatt H2 hydration system, but the bladder and hose were gone. This Klim unit slipped in and worked perfectly.
The material is rubbery and tough and resists punctures. The bladder itself is really easy to clean, because of the wide mouth opening at the top. Most bladders have to be cleaned with chemicals or fiddly brushes, but this one eliminates that worry. If you're the kind of person who "accidentally" forgets to empty and dry your bladder after using it, I'd recommend getting this one.
The valve is good, but not great. I've only used it twice, but I'm starting to get the hang of it. Once you figure out how to hold it between your teeth, it's easy to get good water flow.
October 28, 2013
Pretty OK, but too large for a Badlands Pro
Well, it fits alright, but you'll only be comfy with about 1.5L on it. If you fill it with the 3Ls, you won't have enough room in the Badlands to breathe
Very sturdy and easy to clean (this is very important in these products, you don't want stuff growing in there)l
May 24, 2013
Excellent Reservoir and Mouthpiece/Valve
I am very happy with the quality and price I paid for the Klim reservoir. As others have commented, I appreciate the angle of the mouthpiece which allows it to nicely fit into/under helmet.
January 16, 2013
I bought this to replace my aging Platypus Hoser. I've been using it for a few years and it's starting to get funky... I wish I would have found the Klim sooner! Being able to flip it inside out to clean/dry it is great, but the bite valve is the real game changer. I don't know why all hydration valves aren't made with like this. The Platypus (and my wife's CamelBak) has a big 90 degree valve that makes taking a sip with a full-face helmet make me look like a cat trying to lick the side of its face. The slight bend in the Klim makes it sooooo easy to get it inside my helmet, and the 360 degree bite is great, too. Well worth the money!!
August 27, 2012
Exactly what I wanted for long rides through the desert! Easy to fill and clean, no leaks, and the valve is great.
July 30, 2012
1,000 Miles Without Water
Once, on a trip back from Raton New Mexico, I tried to make it all the way back to Redding CA in one day. I left Raton at around 7AM and was crossing the Mohave Desert by 10PM. There was a heat wave going on and it had cooled down to about 105 degrees by Midnight. Sometime at around 2AM, over the Tehachapi Mountain pass, I started to hallucinate. I was being passed by semi-trucks, who seemed to be traveling very fast and then I noticed my handlebars stretching and my tank elongating and I was thinking how weird and interesting that my bike was stretching like that. I looked at the speedo and found I was only going 25mph hour which was also odd to me. And then it struck me that something was very wrong. I drove on to the next exit which was one of the longest 10 minutes of my life and pulled off. It took me a long time to figure out how to shutdown the bike and get off it without dropping it. I was having very paranoid thoughts and I was having both aural and visual hallucinations that included, among others, lions in the grass, homeless undead people, and a gang member drive by. I was traveling with a hand gun and I went for it at one point but had poor motor control and dropped all the rounds before I could get them in my .38 snub nose. Being completely messed up in the mind, it took me a very long time to figure out what was happening. I knew I was hallucinating, and knew I was having a crisis, but I was too disoriented to think clearly. After some time, I realized that it had been a long time since I drank water. In fact, the last time I’d had anything to drink except Red Bull was back in New Mexico in the morning. I started to think that driving in full gear for 1000 miles without water, during a heat wave was somehow related to the homeless undead people coming up from behind me at that very moment. I pulled out a small bottle of water I found in my bags and drank all 12 oz. After a while, I started to come around a bit. I told myself, that as soon as I stopped hallucinating, I would get on the bike and find a hotel room. I was on the road sometime later and heading for Bakersfield. I checked into a hotel room at around 4:30AM, but I was still having mental problems. I called my wife and then tried to sleep but it was hard because of the 8 cans of Red Bull. I tried to re-hydrate myself with water. At around 8AM, I started to get very afraid of the people in the room next to me because they were very angry at me for making noise so late. This wasn’t actually happening, but it felt so real. I became so agitated with this thought that I trotted out of the hotel and started the last 450 miles home to Redding CA. The temps rose to over 115 degrees that day. I had a Red Bull and bought a couple bottles of water. I drank one bottle and used the 2nd one to wet my shirt. Didn't work. I made it as far as Patterson before I had a total melt down. I had to call the paramedics because I was so hot, dehydrated and messed up and I was fairly certain I was going to die. The paramedics explained to me that I was unable to hydrate because I hadn’t eaten anything and I needed the salts and electrolytes in the food to help me re-hydrate. They said that if I eat something, like crackers and maybe some fats and starches that the water that I was now drinking would be able to re-hydrate my body better. They also indicated that having more than 3 cans of RedBull in an 8 hour period can cause some people to hallucinate. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that having water easily available is a good thing, especially of you are a moron like me. I recommend this product for morons and for those that care about hydration.
March 20, 2012
Does the job with some nice features
Most of the hydration bladders I have used are inexpensive and simple. Hold water; dispense water when needed. I grabbed this because one of my basic bladders had sprung a leak and I needed a couple bucks more for free shipping. I am really glad I did. It was about twice as much as I paid for a really basic bladder that only held two liters, but the extra size and the additional features have turned out to be really worth it. And the polymers used seem very good quality as well.
This bladder opens completely on one end and seals by folding over, like a dry bag for the river. This makes it easy to clean and easy to fill with ice.
The valve from the bladder to the tube has a quick detach that seals the bladder and makes it really easy to just pull it out of the bag to refill without unthreading the tube.
The bite valve is a sturdy and simple design that has worked really well and has an additional twist shut-off so that it won't accidentally leak if it gets squished.
I haven't found any reasons to dislike it. Highly recommended.
August 22, 2011