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Hydration Pack Accessories

EMS has all the accessories you need for your hydration packs. Shop for everything from rain covers and cleaning tools to replacement tubes and filters.  MOREMORE

Hydration Packs

Carrying your water has never been lighter or easier. The ingenious design of these hydration packs allows you to comfortably carry all the water you need. Refill easily as necessary. MOREMORE

Hydration Pack Bladders

Need a new reservoir? EMS has a great selection of hydration pack bladders that let you update or replace your old reservoirs easily. BACKBACK

 
 

How to Choose Hydration Packs

Read our expert tips on how to choose a hydration pack, so you buy the best pack for you!


Determine pack use

The size and style of the hydration pack should be largely determined by the intended activity. Before picking a pack, decide whether you will be running, cycling, hiking, Nordic skiing, or backpacking.

Pack use for high aerobic sports

Runners, cyclists, and skiers should opt for a waist pack-style or a low-profile (slender) backpack-style hydration system. These designs will not yank you off balance.

Hydration Pack styles for hiking

Hikers can afford to go with a bulkier backpack that includes plenty of cargo space for gear.

Hydration systems for backpacking

Backpackers cannot wear an independent hydration pack, but they can stow a bladder and hose inside their full size backpack. In this case, they should ensure that their backpack includes a port for the hose and an interior sleeve that will hold the bladder.

Decide on resevoir size

Hydration requirements differ quite a bit depending on the person, the activity, and the weather. A runner can easily sweat a liter (34 fluid ounces) an hour. Know your own body's needs and take into account how long you will be out for, and if you can refill along the way. The most common reservoir sizes are 50, 70, and 100 fluid ounces.

Determine cargo requirements

What do you need to carry besides the water? A trail runner might just want to stash an energy bar, while someone on a long day hike might pack a veritable picnic. Think about what you usually bring with you. The cargo capacities of hydration packs are measured in cubic inches.

Consider Pack weight

When choosing water and cargo capacity, also take into account how much the pack will weigh when full. 100 fluid ounces of water weighs about 6.5 pounds. That is a lot for a runner to carry on their back.

Choose insulated or non-insulated packs

An insulated bladder sleeve and foam insulation around the hose will help prevent freeze-up in winter. Conversely, the insulated sleeve also keeps cold water from heating up too rapidly in hot weather. These can be nice features, though they do add to the cost of the pack.

Waist belt

Any hydration pack that weighs six or more pounds when full should include a waist belt. This will keep the pack from flopping around too much when you run and jump.

Sternum straps

Always a good idea, a sternum strap keeps the shoulder straps in place, no matter the activity


CAMELBAK Rogue Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Rogue Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $70.00
EMS Impulse Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
EMS Impulse Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $79.00
SALE: $63.20
EMS Wanderer Hydration Pack, M/L - Eastern Mountain Sports
EMS Wanderer Hydration Pack, M/L
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $99.00
SALE: $79.20
CAMELBAK Kids' Kicker Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Kids' Kicker Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $55.00
CAMELBAK Women's Magic Hydration  - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Women's Magic Hydration
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $88.00
CAMELBAK Unbottle, 100 oz. - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Unbottle, 100 oz.
PRICE: $50.00
OSPREY Viper 5 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Viper 5 Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $89.95
CAMELBAK Lobo Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Lobo Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $86.99
DEUTER Hydro Lite 2.0 Hydration Pack, Fire/Titan - Eastern Mountain Sports
DEUTER Hydro Lite 2.0 Hydration Pack, Fire/Titan
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $69.00
CAMELBAK FlashFlo LR Waist Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK FlashFlo LR Waist Pack
PRICE: $55.00
CAMELBAK Bootlegger Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Bootlegger Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $55.00
VAUDE Aquarius 6 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
VAUDE Aquarius 6 Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $89.95
PLATYPUS Tokul XC 8 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
PLATYPUS Tokul XC 8 Hydration Pack
Clearance Special: EXTRA 25% OFF the sale price of this item! Discount in cart.
PRICE: $89.95
SALE: $64.98
CAMELBAK Octane 18X Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Octane 18X Hydration Pack
Clearance Special: EXTRA 25% OFF the sale price of this item! Discount in cart.
PRICE: $120.00
SALE: $67.48
CAMELBAK Stoaway Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Stoaway Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $50.00
EMS Wanderer Hydration Pack, S/M - Eastern Mountain Sports
EMS Wanderer Hydration Pack, S/M
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $99.00
SALE: $79.20
OSPREY Viper 9 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Viper 9 Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $99.95
CAMELBAK Tahoe LR Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Tahoe LR Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $70.00
CAMELBAK Women's Day Star 18 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Women's Day Star 18 Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $80.00
CAMELBAK Cloud Walker 18 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Cloud Walker 18 Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $80.00
DEUTER Hydro Lite 3.0 Hydration Pack, Black/Titan - Eastern Mountain Sports
DEUTER Hydro Lite 3.0 Hydration Pack, Black/Titan
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $79.00
VAUDE Aquarius 8+3 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
VAUDE Aquarius 8+3 Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $99.95
CAMELBAK Venture Waist Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Venture Waist Pack
PRICE: $60.00
CAMELBAK Tahoe LR Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Tahoe LR Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $70.00
CAMELBAK Gambler Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Gambler Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $90.00
CAMELBAK Women's Day Star Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Women's Day Star Hydration Pack
Clearance Special: EXTRA 25% OFF the sale price of this item! Discount in cart.
PRICE: $44.98 to $80.00
CAMELBAK Cloud Walker Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Cloud Walker Hydration Pack
Buy this pack, get $2 OFF a water bottle! Discount applied in cart.
PRICE: $80.00

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