Why We Chose It: Lightweight, adjustable, easy-to-use
When it comes to hydration on-the-go, HydraPak know their stuff. Based in California, their products are inspired by the types of thru-hiking adventures you’d find in the Redwoods, the Lost Coast and in Yosemite. In fact, our editor used the Katadyn BeFree (that they helped to co-produce) for his 500 mile FKT of Wales’ mountains just last year.
We’ve got our eyes on the Shape-Shift water bladder here, however, and we’re liking what we see. With a reversible and adjustable design – a shape shifting design, if you will – this reservoir would make a useful addition to any kit bag.
Who Is The Shape-Shift 2L For?
With a capacity from 1.5 to 2L, the Shape-Shift is suited to everything from intense mountain biking and bikepacking to multi-day backpacking and camping trips. Considering its high capacity, it’s got fairly portable dimensions of 13.3 x 6.4 inches, and should slot neatly into most daypacks.
The materials used for the Shape-Shift are TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), PP (polypropylene), ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and silicone. Put simply, it’s mostly made of plastic. Whilst that can have its downsides, these plastics are in fact very durable. HydraPak have also used a PFC and BPA-free design here so no nasty chemicals should enter either your body or the surrounding environment you use your filter in. There’s also RF-welded seams throughout, adding to its overall durability and leakproof reliability. Heading out with this crammed into a tightly packed backpack? You’ll be able to rest assured this isn’t going to give you any surprises.