I have received a camelbak water system for xmas as I have my first marathon looming this year. It is the sort where the water pouch fits in the small of your back much like a bum bag.
I'm finding it a great piece of kit but the only problem I'm having (and reason I haven't got one in the past) is drying out the water bag when not in use.
I'm using a airbed inflator compressor to blow dry out the water pipe which works well but have yet to find a effective solution to drying the water pouch which lays flat when not in use & therefor doesn't get air circulation to dry out.
Any advice greatly appreciated!!
I have one, and i have to use a dry cloth and a coat hanger to clean out the main pouch. The tube is difficult. I just try and suck as much water out. I let it aerobic dry by putting it on the radiator, or in the airing cupboard. I dont think there is much chance of catching some bug that will make you feel ill from not having a dry pack. I sometimes run the kettle through it the day before to be safe, but i have used one for two years and been fine.
I like my camelbak, it is just easier to use sometimes then reaching out for the cups. It is lightweight as well, and you dont notice it on your back. I am saving it more for the summer months though when it is invaluable on long runs.
Good luck with it.
I rinse mine through and keep it in the freezer, I hope it will be ok when i get it out, it was last time but it 's been in there since August now!!!
Thanks for all the advice!! The airing cupboard idea would be good if I had one! Might try freezer or failing that a good tip on youtube suggests a dry cloth or kitchen roll held in kitchen tongs to wipe dry the inside of the water bladder.
PS: early signs for the "bumbag" style of camelbak that I have are very good. I can see myself getting many years of use from this prezzie. Pity all xmas presents weren't this useful
I use mine for either climbing, long days in the hills, or long runs and it usually gets bunged in the understairs cupboard with whatever is left in till the next time I need it.
When I get it out I tip out what's in it and re-fill it. Mrs C sometimes shivers at the site of it and if the tube is looking too black insists on either the Kettle method if I want to use it immediately, or the Milton fluid solution if I want to use it the next day.
Been using it that way for 10 years or so, meaning I have either very good luck, the constitution of an Ox, or there's no issue.
Stuck it above the wood burning stove (not on it!!) last night with water pipe holding the bag open & that seems to have done the trick. Don't think I will be lighting the woodburner in the summer for this though so washing line I think.
Not sure about freezer but may well try later!
Thanks for advice everyone
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