I didn't even think of the dust getting on the valve. Thank you!aerialmonster wrote:Used my camel bak pack for two years on playa, loved it and it became my best companion, didn't wind up using any of the pockets belts I thought I would. Just swapped out a few items depending on whether it was day or night, carabiner'd a drinking cup to one of the straps for gifts of booze, and the thing lived on my back for the whole time, on foot, on bike, on stilts, loved it.
Some tips- spring for the insulated hose if you like, but definitely the bite valve that comes with the rubber cap, (http://www.camelbak.com/Sports-Recreati ... olkit.aspx) works great for keeping even playa dust off your bite valve. Like someone above mentioned, blow back into the hose when you finish each drink to keep water in the hose from overheating. If you a freezer or dry ice at your camp, fill the bladder 1/4 to 1/2 full the and freeze it, then when you are ready to go out top it off with liquid. Nice cold water for at least a couple hours.
If you want to put something other than water in your bladder, like gatoraid and/or tequila, have a spare bladder for that because it is very difficult to get the taste/smell of anything else out of the bladder if you want to switch back to water later.
I've heard that before. Growing up,whenever I tried to put juice or milk in my little bottle with the straw sticking down in it, my mom would turn purple and scream that I would never be able to get the taste out.