Hydration On The Hill – Buyer’s Guide 2019

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You wouldn’t go for a bike ride without bringing water, yet few of us give much thought to hydration on the slopes. Proper hydration means you’ll be warmer, and probably ski longer and better, too. Here’s how to do it on the slopes.

Hydration on the Hill

Camelbak Zoid

Got your back
Hydration bladders are great because they keep water close at hand. Keep the water flowing by using one optimized for cold weather like Camelbak’s Zoid. The pack carries two litres of water, is slim enough to wear over or under a jacket and the hose is insulated to hold off slushies. ($115; camelbak.com)

Hydrapack Stow

Put it in your pocket
A hard water bottle is not something you want in your jacket pocket, but a nearly indestructible soft flask is. In partnership with Protect Our Winters, HydraPak is selling its STOW 500-ml soft- and crush-proof water bottles as an alternative to single-use cups at ski resorts. ($22; hydrapak.com)

686 GLCR Hydrastash Reservoir Jacket

On your waist
The bladder on 686’s GLCR Hydrastash Reservoir Jacket is built into the ski jacket’s powder skirt. Slung around the skier’s centre of gravity, supported by the jacket and with an anti-slosh design, it rides unnoticed. Inside your jacket it should resist freezing better than a pack. ($400; 686.com)

WhiSki Poles

A dram wherever you pole
We don’t condone consuming alcohol on the slopes, but there’s no better way to end a cold winter day than passing around the flask. And we’ve never seen a more original one than WhiSki Poles, a hollow, totally functional, aluminum ski pole that holds up to 250 ml. ($129; whiskipoles.com)

in Buyer’s Guide 2018

Ryan Stuart
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