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HydraPak Velocity 1.5L Reservoir | Review

Staying rehydrated in the outdoors has never been so easy

Why We Chose The HydraPak Velocity 1.5L Reservoir: Intuitive, and ideal for a wide range of activities.

Rehydration. So easy to forget about, especially on slow hikes, and yet an absolutely vital component of your outdoor excursions.

It’s the little things that can make a different with an item like this and there are certainly a number of details that add up here to make for a convenient and reliable bit of kit. For instance, when you’re refilling there are handy grab handles that allow you to hold the top wide open, and the slider top is not only quick and easy to use but also really reliable. One other nice touch is the fact you can fully disconnect the bladder from the straw to save you bringing the whole system with you to the water source.

Speaking of the straw (or hose), HydraPak’s 36-inch long, HydraFlex ‘drinking tube’ is genuinely excellent; one of the best we’ve come across in fact. It’s non-kinking, and provides a steady flow at all times. No frustrating “hang on… something’s gone wrong with my drinking tube… let’s stop and investigate” moments to be had on HydraPak’s watch. Less time worrying about your water flow, more time enjoying the scenery; sounds ideal, doesn’t it?

“The Velocity’s High-flow Blaster bite valve self seals superbly after each sip”

Then there’s also the Hydrapak Velocity’s bite valve which is high-flow, self seals superbly after each sip, and features an extremely smooth twist on/off bar to prevent annoying leaks from happening. Again, this means you’ll spend less time worrying about stuff like your entire backpack being soaked from the inside out. Surely a good thing, by anyone’s measure.

Perfect for trail running, mountain biking, and hiking – the HydraPak Velocity comes with a Beyond Lifetime Guarantee which is always nice to have. Hopefully, with its durable plastic and welded seams you shouldn’t need to call upon this though.

Finally, we’re happy to report that the whole product is 100% BPA and PVC-free.

The seal on this product is quick to do up and highly reliable. Photo: Chris Johnson
The HydraPak Velocity comes with a Beyond Lifetime Guarantee. Photo: Chris Johnson
A high-flow Blaster bite valve self seals after each sip. Photo: Chris Johnson

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Watkinson, Outdoor photographer

“I really like the design of this. It’s much, much easier to fill up than previous hydration packs I’ve used. There’s little risk of spilling any water, and the seal is quick to do up, and more importantly, it’s very reliable. The mechanism on the valve has impressed me as well – it offers really precise control of the flow, and it’s simple to operate.”

Trade Secrets

HydraPak Marketing Staff

“Filling a reservoir with a hose attached is tricky, but HydraPak solved that problem by installing a Plug-n-Play valve for the drink tube. Just press the valve in to unlock, remove the tube from the reservoir, and fill. The valve remains closed until the tube is reinstalled. Leaky bite valves are also a thing of the past; Hydrapak’s Blaster valve is high-flowing and leakproof. Finally, cleaning a reservoir has always been a pain, usually involving a brush and lots of swearing. The Velocity is fully reversible for both cleaning and drying, and is dishwasher safe for super cleaning.”

HydraPak Velocity 1.5L Reservoir

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