First post so apologies if you are all bored of reading a question that has been posted a million times before.
I have an aluminium Sigg bottle and would like to know if it is possible to get a hydration tube for it ( I think thats what they are called, basically the tube you drink from normally attached to water bags ) I have seen some tubes that will screw straight on to a standard bottle but this doesnt help as the screw thread on my Sigg is internal not external. I would rather not get a bag as I fear that this may puncture and leave both me and my rucksack soaked in water, thus spoiling what I would hope was a good day out.
Any advice is much appreciated
Sigg do make one, but don't get it!!
I tried it years ago and it was impossible to suck any water up through the tube!! Presumably this happens because the bottle itself is rigid.
So, it's a complete waste of time. If you want to use a hydration tube you'll have to go a different route.
Camelbak do some rigid drinking bottles with an optional tube connection that does work!
I have one. Not sure what brand, I don't think it's Sigg - it's only marked 'hydrotube'.
It's not bad but it gets interrupted somehow so you have to stop and sort it out - often it's the screw top not done up enough & air creeping in negates the 'suck'.
Since I got a Platy I rarely use it, it's a compromise solution and not as good as the real thing.
Agree with DM, I used to use solid water bottles thinking a 'plastic bag' would be bound to puncture.
Then I got one, can't remember the make but it is lighter than the bottles and hasn't burst or even leaked. I used to treat it with kid gloves but now don't bother (I don't jump up and down on it), I just drop my pack and there is no problem. My pack isn't specially hydration compatible but the bag sits happily in a side pocket with the tube coming out of the top and located on the shoulder strap with a krab.
Works for me.
I disagree about camelback and platypus. I have had numerous one of both brands and all failed. Camelback unbottle cross threads very badly and eventually it leaks either at the thread or seams. Platypus always failed at the seams for me.
DM is right though about their resistance to puncture as far as my experience goes although I try to take care of my kit so haven't really tested it.
IME / IMO I would go for the source widepac. They are actually better made IMO. The detachable tube really works well and the closure mechanis is very reliable. The closure consists of a fold of the bladder with a stiffer bit of plastic in the fold, this then slides into a rigid plastic tube with a slot in the bottom that only extends from one side. This means it kind of zips into place and the fold really does stop any leaks. I have actually placed my full weight (90kg) on it when full (3 litre version). It did not leak. The plastic used in the bladder and the tube plastic has not allowed gunk to develop despite never having cleaned it nor sterilising it in about 2 year. The marketing blurb says it has an anti-bacterial coating and IME it is bourne out. One platypus was so dirty looking even after cleaning that I could not look through it! Both Platypus and camelback bladder hoses I've had seemed to develop a feathery growth in the tubes. It did not amuse me to see the feathers fluttering towards me when I sucked and away when blowing the excess water back to prevent freezing.
BTW source also make for other brands such as Innov8 bladders and their horizontal style waist belt bladders. Also a few other brands I forget at the moment.
Seriously source are the best bladders and I would take the plunge for bladders rather than a rigid sigg bottle and the tubes you can get for them. The alternative is buying bottled water and sticking a universal tube on them. They would definately burst or leak before the bladders will (perhaps with the exception of platypus and camelback though).
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