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Re: [pct-l] Water bottles

I like water "bags" of some sort as they collapse and take up less space 
once you drink their contents.  Not all are as unwieldy as the ones you've 

I've also been concerned about durability issues when it comes to 
soda/Gatorade bottles and even many of the commercial Platypus, etc. bags.  
While these can be easily and inexpensively replaced should they spring a 
leak, what happens if they spring a leak when you still have a couple of 
days where you need to be able to carry a lot of water before you can 
replace them?

I bought a Dromedary bag because I had never heard of one leaking and I was 
headed into the desert and had to be able to carry two days of water.  That 
was years ago and I still have never heard of one leaking.  Of course, I 
bought it before I started weighing everything to the half ounce.  :-)  They 
now make a Drom Lite bag that's lighter than the original - probably worth 
checking out - but probably still heavier than some alternatives.  I still 
wonder about reliability issues...

FWIW, Dromedary bags come in many sizes - from 2 liter to 10 liter (and 
more?).  They do not come with a bite valve adapter but last year one came 
on the market.  The first generation leaked right away for everyone I ever 
talked with who tried one.  I've bought a new 2nd generation adapter this 
summer but have yet to try it.


P.S.  They can also make a good pillow...  filled with water or air.

>From: "Jesse Whyte" <jesseawhyte@hotmail.com>
>To: <pct-l@backcountry.net>
>Subject: [pct-l] Water bottles
>Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 19:49:22 -0400
>Nalgene bottles are too heavy!  I don't want to carry a pound worth of 
>Nalgene to carry a gallon worth of water!  What alternatives are available? 
>  Are 1-liter or 2-liter empty soda bottles durable enough?  What 
>alternatives did people find?
>How about the collapsible gallon-sized containers that I keep seeing at 
>EMS?  I couldn't imagine how to carry such an ungainly beast, but maybe you 
>can enlighten me?
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