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Hydration Packs

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


OSPREY Manta 28 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Manta 28 Hydration Pack
PRICE: $149.95
EMS Impulse Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
EMS Impulse Hydration Pack
PRICE: $79.00
SALE: $55.30
OSPREY Hydraulics HydraForm Reservoir, 3 L - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Hydraulics HydraForm Reservoir, 3 L
PRICE: $36.00
CAMELBAK Women's Magic Hydration  - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Women's Magic Hydration
PRICE: $88.00
OSPREY Women's Verve 5 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Women's Verve 5 Hydration Pack
PRICE: $89.95
OSPREY Raptor 14 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Raptor 14 Hydration Pack
PRICE: $129.95
CAMELBAK 100 oz. Antidote Reservoir - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK 100 oz. Antidote Reservoir
PRICE: $35.00
EMS Wanderer Hydration Pack, S/M - Eastern Mountain Sports
EMS Wanderer Hydration Pack, S/M
PRICE: $99.00
SALE: $69.30
OSPREY Viper 13 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Viper 13 Hydration Pack
PRICE: $109.95
CAMELBAK Cloud Walker Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Cloud Walker Hydration Pack
PRICE: $80.00
EMS Wanderer Hydration Pack, M/L - Eastern Mountain Sports
EMS Wanderer Hydration Pack, M/L
PRICE: $99.00
SALE: $69.30
CAMELBAK 50 oz. Antidote Reservoir - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK 50 oz. Antidote Reservoir
PRICE: $30.00
CAMELBAK Rogue Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Rogue Hydration Pack
PRICE: $70.00
EMS Squito Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
EMS Squito Hydration Pack
PRICE: $59.00
SALE: $41.30
CAMELBAK Women's L.U.X.E. Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Women's L.U.X.E. Hydration Pack
PRICE: $100.00
OSPREY Women's Verve 9 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Women's Verve 9 Hydration Pack
PRICE: $99.95
CAMELBAK 70 oz. Antidote Reservoir - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK 70 oz. Antidote Reservoir
PRICE: $33.00
CAMELBAK Delaney Waist Pack  - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Delaney Waist Pack
PRICE: $35.00
CAMELBAK FlashFlo LR Waist Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK FlashFlo LR Waist Pack
PRICE: $55.00
CAMELBAK M.U.L.E. NV Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK M.U.L.E. NV Hydration Pack
PRICE: $135.00
PLATYPUS Tokul XC 8 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
PLATYPUS Tokul XC 8 Hydration Pack
PRICE: $89.95
SALE: $64.98
CAMELBAK Volt 13 LR Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Volt 13 LR Hydration Pack
PRICE: $125.00
CAMELBAK Octane 18X Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Octane 18X Hydration Pack
PRICE: $120.00
CAMELBAK Venture Waist Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Venture Waist Pack
PRICE: $60.00
OSPREY Raptor 6 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Raptor 6 Hydration Pack
PRICE: $109.95
CAMELBAK M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack
PRICE: $100.00
CAMELBAK Rim Runner Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Rim Runner Hydration Pack
PRICE: $100.00
CAMELBAK Octane LR Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Octane LR Hydration Pack
PRICE: $100.00
CAMELBAK Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack
PRICE: $100.00
OSPREY Viper 9 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Viper 9 Hydration Pack
PRICE: $99.95
OSPREY Hydraulics LT, 2.5 L Reservoir - Eastern Mountain Sports
OSPREY Hydraulics LT, 2.5 L Reservoir
PRICE: $30.00
CAMELBAK Blowfish Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Blowfish Hydration Pack
PRICE: $88.00
CAMELBAK Lobo Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Lobo Hydration Pack
PRICE: $86.99
CAMELBAK Antidote Cleaning Kit - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Antidote Cleaning Kit
PRICE: $20.00
CAMELBAK Women's Day Star 18 Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Women's Day Star 18 Hydration Pack
PRICE: $80.00
CAMELBAK Women's Day Star Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Women's Day Star Hydration Pack
PRICE: $80.00
CAMELBAK Scorpion Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Scorpion Hydration Pack
PRICE: $75.00
PLATYPUS Big Zip LP 3L - Eastern Mountain Sports
PLATYPUS Big Zip LP 3L
PRICE: $36.95
CAMELBAK Tahoe LR Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Tahoe LR Hydration Pack
PRICE: $70.00
CAMELBAK Kids' Kicker Hydration Pack - Eastern Mountain Sports
CAMELBAK Kids' Kicker Hydration Pack
PRICE: $55.00

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