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    hydraition packs

    Does anyone put anything besides water in there hydration packs?( I am not referring to alcohol but such as power-aid mix or anything like that)?

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    I have read that it can be very difficult, nigh on impossible, to completely get rid of an "aftertaste" from the bladder. As such, I have only put water in mine.

    Maybe others have risked it an learned differently, but I've had no reason to bother. If I want to bring a sports drink I put it in a water bottle on my bike.
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    The taste does linger, that's why I stopped. Now I use water and carry food with energy/electrolytes which actually makes it easier to manage dehydration and nutrition separately.

    Just because I'm thirsty doesn't mean I need more calories, and visa versa.

    Works for me...

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    I use or have used a lot of products; as long as they're not sugar based they clean up pretty well generally. I have used Nuun a lot and am currently using Elete which is just an electrolyte supplement with no additional flavor. Both rinse out of the modern Camelbak reservoirs very well. No residual flavors when you are using the current style of bladder; the old bladders held flavors much more.
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    I only put water in mine, but I carry electrolyte squeeze packs if its really hot and humid. Powerbar/cliff bar are perfect for the extra calories.

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    Using plain water, the bladder rarely NEEDS thorough cleaning.

    Some other things that people have used can turn into interesting biology experiments very quickly.

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    Yea, I'd stick to water. They do make powder mixes that they say are safe to use in bladder packs, but I'm not gonna chance it.

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    sure, i put powerade in mine. just rinse with water afterward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scribble79 View Post
    Does anyone put anything besides water in there hydration packs?( I am not referring to alcohol but such as power-aid mix or anything like that)?
    in the bottle i mix stuff. in the backpack its straight water.

    worst case senario i use the backpack to refill the bottle and carry a small bag/bottle of whatever mix.

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    I put only water in mine and store it in the freezer when not in use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hill_Lover View Post
    I put only water in mine and store it in the freezer when not in use.
    Thats another good point. Keeps bacteria from growing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1285 View Post
    Thats another good point. Keeps bacteria from growing.
    so does running through the dish washer every now and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1285 View Post
    Thats another good point. Keeps bacteria from growing.
    I never would have thought of that. I will think about that.

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    I only ride with Cytomax in my Osprey.
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    Yeah no sugary drinks for me, just plain water and ice cubes to keep me cool

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    put Gatorade in mine once... wont do that again.

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    I usually fill mine up with ice, then a bottle of poweraide or half bottle, depending on how long the ride, then top it off with water. has worked out well so far.

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    I stick to lots of ice and water. However this thread has got me thinking about using smart water... Any flavored stuff goes in the bottle. A couple power bars in the pack as well.

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    Good info. Thanks guys.

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    Camelbak makes electrolyte flavor tablets. I used those for a long time. Worked well.
    I usually put a little lemon juice in my water. Keeps the container fresh and gives the water some taste.

    You just have I clean the bladder after use and you'll keep it fresh. But don't use stuff that will leave a lingering taste or smell.

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    I've been putting Gatorade or Powerade in my Camelback bladders for years no ill effects. Rinse thoroughly after or put in fridge until next days ride. No weird growth or aftertaste. I clean with antibacterial hand or dish soap and Camelback brushes. I live in AZ and where riding in 90+ heat is normal and water just doesn't cut it for me.

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    I live in CT and I fill my osprey with one tray of ice, 1 32 oz bottle of gatorade and then rest water. When I come home I immediately rise the bladder, tube, and mouth piece, so far so ill side effects.

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    Another benefit of plain old water is you can use it for an eye-rinse if you get some dirt in the eye or to clean out a fresh cut. Both are real possibilities and I have done both.

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    I use gatorade in mine fairly often, BUT when I forget to drain it out right out it gets nasty green mold growing in it and it is a lot of work to clean it out.

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