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Tim

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paddler hydration technology
« on: August 12, 2008, 09:14:24 AM »

Old school water bottles, kayak deck hydrator or back of pfd hydrator?
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Carole

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Re: paddler hydration technology
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2008, 06:31:27 AM »

Hi Tim - Are you asking for our opinion of each?
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Eric J.

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Re: paddler hydration technology
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2008, 08:50:48 AM »

I'm a huge fan of doing things old school, but needing to fumble around with a water bottle in rough seas is just silly.
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Tim

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Re: paddler hydration technology
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2008, 09:48:05 AM »

I was just looking for peoples opinions and reasons for preferring one over another.
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Bill H

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Re: paddler hydration technology
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2008, 10:38:12 AM »

All have their pro's and con's
Water Bottle has limited volume and needs to be refilled or replaced, can be easily washed away in really rough weather, plus as Eric says requires a hand off the paddle

Deck Mounted slightly raises boats center of gravity, adds drag in rolling, can throw spray at paddler in rough conditions, is more difficult to draw on due to distance and height from deck to mouth.

Back Pack raises center of gravity much more but is much easier to draw on .
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Peter

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Re: paddler hydration technology
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008, 03:06:45 PM »

I have a small (platypus sp?) hydration pack the clips onto my PFD. I carry extra water in my front and rear day hatches. Water bottles tend to fall off my deck.

I find it a lot easier to suck on the tube that to drink from a bottle.

I'd like to get a PFD with a hydration pocket - so the pack isn't flopping around. I guess the perfect PFD is another discusion.
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