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Best Hydration Bladders of 2023

Stay hydrated on the go with our round-up of the best hydration reservoirs of the year

Whether we’re hiking, biking, running, or climbing, on-the-go hydration is an essential part of our kit. There’s simply no better way to encourage drinking consistently during activity, which is vital to performance and enjoyment (after bonking one too many times, we’ve certainly learned this the hard way). You can use a water bottle stuffed into a backpack pocket or mounted on a bike frame, and many runners like to drink from soft flasks, but in our opinion, nothing matches the convenience of a hydration reservoir. Below we break down the best hydration bladders of 2023, ranging from ultralight and packable models to fully featured reservoirs and insulated designs. For more, see our comparison table and buying advice below the picks.

Our Team's Hydration Bladder Picks

  • Best Overall Hydration Bladder: Osprey Hydraulics 3L
  • Best Durable/Insulated Hydration Bladder: HydraPak HydraSleeve 3L
  • Best Ultralight and Packable Hydration Bladder: HydraPak Shape-Shift 2L
  • A Versatile and High-Capacity Hydration Reservoir: MSR DromLite Bag 4L
  • Best Budget Hydration Bladder: HydraPak Cenote 2L

Read more details on the best hydration bladder packs, written by Jenny Abegg here.


December 15, 2022

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Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.

Allen Foster


Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.

Alan Dixon


But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.

Shauna Farnell