Hydrated when hiking is crucial. Rigid gourd, gourd flexible with or without pipette, what to choose? What the best solution is to stay well hydrated, while being convenient to use? We told you everything and you choose!
Drink before you get thirsty, drink regularly, drink in small SIPs… Good hydration asking to be attentive to his way to drink. Poor hydration has an impact on your body, which can range from simple headaches to an evil acute mountain (in altitude), through aches.
The good old gourd metal, virtually indestructible, can contain many liquids, tea, syrup, an energy drink, soup, and of course of water, is the great classic. Any backpacker transported in one in his backpack one day or the other. Can also be coupled with an insulated cover to keep its contents warm or cold. One of its advantages is that it washes off very easily, it requires practically no maintenance.
His cousin the gourd in plastic, more modern, is often more economical. Sometimes having a nipple CAP, you can thus choose between drinking small flow or big bottleneck, by unscrewing the CAP. It can also be coupled with an insulated cover, but on the other hand, it holds more smells than the metal that is the big winner in this area.
The filling is easier on the rigid gourds. Simply unscrew the CAP for a wide opening that allows to fill quickly, whether it’s in a river, a tap… They are available in volumes ranging usually from 0.5 to 1.5 litre, something for everyone. Some show the capacity in ml. It’s convenient to prepare the lyophilized dishes at night at the bivouac.
The downside of these gourds, is that regardless of the volume of water transported, the volume of the bottle is always the same. A canteen empty, or half empty, takes as much space in the bag as a full water bottle.
Soft flask / Pipette
The flexible gourd has the big advantage to adapt to the volume it contains, which prevents swinging water in the flask during the market. A second advantage is that if you carry a second gourd, for later use, to fill up with water for the bivouac, for a passage where the water will be rare, it will almost take no space in your bag. It can be equipped, as the rigid gourd, either a classic CAP or teat. Its volume usually ranges from 0.5 to 2 litres.
Outside because she’s more fragile that a rigid gourd, its big drawback is that it is often difficult to complete in the rivers, the water pressure compacting the gourd.
Among the range of flexible gourds, there are models having a pipette, a tube of a small meter in length. This system offers the advantage of being able to drink in small SIPs frequently. It’s the best possible hydration. Because good hydration, to drink before you get thirsty! There are also flexible pipette gourds that have an insulated cover to drink cool at any time without having to remove her purse even in full side. On the other hand, this impacts on the weight, the weight of the tube is not trivial in the end.
The downside of the pipette bottle is that it is stored in the backpack. As a result, it is difficult to estimate the amount of water remaining, it’s a risk of being dry. In addition, with meals, drink to the pipette, is not the most convenient and bivouacs, is not easy to pour water into cooking for example.
Noted that these gourds only accept water and that they must be cleaned regularly, especially the pipette to avoid bacteria.
Find them on i-trekking, tests and the full record on the water pockets.
It might be: 2 g or nothing.
A gourd rigid or flexible, a little used at hand (for drinking and fill it regularly).
a flexible gourd of a liters more important in the bag in water (reserve for dry places, or for a larger container to the bivouac).
A flexible bottle pipette to a good liters (for regular drinking) + a rigid or flexible, gourd (rescue and/or to the bivouac and breaks).
It is important to know the points of water on your itinerary, not to fall dry. But also to avoid carrying too, water is heavy!