just bought an Osprey Hydraform bladder, which I used in "anger" this afternoon for the first time. Quite impressed...a few teething troubles about routing the tube to sort out and it'll be fine...BUT, having got back with it, how do I get it dry? There's a hanging loop on the bottom of it, but there's a lot of moisture in the bladder still, as well as in the tube....
Any hints and tips?
If you've used a sport drink, it's better to rinse it out and tube, or will go manky over time.
Leave to air dry by hanging up with cap off, or as Mole says stick in freezer.
ew! sports drinks!
have used only pureset Malvern Hills spring water in it (it comes out of our taps!). Not sure I have room in the freezer.....
Mine opens up completely at one end so I detach the tube, bend the tube double and push it all the way into the open badder. Then hang it to dry as it is held open by the tube. Then when dry it lives on my gear shelves.
I'm still here too
germs thrive with heat,and die with freezing temps.
Not saying what anybody's doing is wrong but thats the way i see things!!
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germs thrive with heat....
same here, hence the question: never came across keeping them in the freezer, though, or really seen a manufacturers reccomendation for drying the things!
I've had a filter from a MSR water filter in my freezer for 17 years & used it once - time to chuck it I reckon.
Pre bladder I always dried Sigg bottles then Nalgenes a top a radiater before stowing. Bit exposure to the odd germ builds up resistance although the purveyors of household blitz products would have you paranoid about contact with any germs at all.
Due to the above problems my hydration bladder sits proudly at the top of my CBA (cant be arsed) list.
I've used it once and I swear it took a week to dry. Now every time I go out I pick it up, think for a bit, frown and put it back in the cupboard.
The freezer sounds like its worth a try though.
I have only ever had 1 of these so its been in use since 2000. its was washed out once after being used with real ale and once after being used with a 50/50 mix of Lucazade and Redbull. That bulit up some pressure! Both od these were in aout 2002. So 10 years with no wash or even emptying. I just top it up when its used and that maybe every 4 months. Never had the slightest problems and never any taste.
if you are really worried just empty it.
Keeping it inside the rucksack thingy keeps it dark which may help.
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