The Importance of Hydration Packs

Hydration PacksMake sure you pack hydration packs when out rollerblading. Hydration packs are all the rage with people who are traveling long distances. Whether you are hiking, running, biking or skating, if you travel long distances, you put a lot of pressure on your lower body. This can lead to your muscles getting tired and this requires not only a lot more calories but also requires a lot of fluids.

You need to be properly hydrated. You need to make sure that you are drinking enough. Unfortunately, if you’re in a bike or if you are running a track, water bottles are often not very convenient. The way they are shaped and their weight can be a bit too much. This is especially true if you are rollerblading for several miles and you’re lugging around a water bottle. It just doesn’t fit the rest of your form.

Now, I’m not talking about whether it looks good on you as a fashion accessory. We’re not at that level. Instead, were just talking about sheer functionality and efficiency. Wouldn’t it be nice to get hydrated by something other than a water bottle which actually fits the form of the clothing that you’re wearing? Wouldn’t it be nice to be hydrated by something that doesn’t get in the way?

This is why hydration packs, in a wide variety of shapes, forms, and sizes are all the rage among sports aficionados. You really can’t beat hydration packs in terms of versatility because they make traveling with water less of a hassle and less of a chore. They really do.

Compact and Form Fitting Design

The first thing that jumps out at you with hydration packs is that they allow you to store hydration fluids in a way that you can use it with your equipment, like backpacks or running gear, and doesn’t get in the way. It’s not like you’re holding in your hand a bottle or you have a bottle strapped to your body through a fanny pack or thorough something else. It doesn’t stick out.

Instead, it’s flat. It doesn’t take much space. Also, you can still store the same amount of water or hydrating fluid because it’s form fitting. You can actually make it fit certain contours or certain package sizes. It really is amazing because its shape, versatility, and flexibility enable you to remain hydrated under a wide range of conditions.

Weight Distribution

Another awesome selling point of hydration packs is that unlike a water bottle, its weight isn’t distributed in one way only. When you’re holding a bottle, the weight of that item is distributed in a tubular way. You have a tube of water, basically. Whether the tube is made of plastic, it doesn’t matter. It still takes the tube’s shape.

With hydration packs, the weight can be distributed in a wide variety of ways. Of course, most of the weight is going to be at the bottom. You have to resign yourself to that, but you are given a tremendous leeway as far as creatively shaping the hydration pack or laying it out so it doesn’t put too much weight in one isolated location.

This is a big deal because if you’re running or rollerblading, you don’t want a tremendous amount of weight weighing you down in one particular part of your body. Whether it’s your hip, the side of your hip, your back, or your arms, it can actually tire you out.

It’s a good idea to use hydration packs that have a thin membrane. This is very important because the thinner the membrane, the easier it would be to shape the hydration pack so that its weight is more evenly distributed. This makes for a more comfortable carrying experience.

Now, keep in mind that there’s quite a bit of a tension here between two competing interests. On the one hand, you want a thin membrane so you can easily drape or position the hydration pack to distribute its weight. On the other hand, you need to make sure that it’s made of the right materials so it doesn’t puncture easily.

You don’t want thin plastic to contain your hydration pack if you have positioned the hydration pack in certain ways because it’s obviously going to puncture. You’re just making things much harder for yourself. The pack must have high tension, high pressure, and high intensity plastic that is still supple and versatile enough so you can travel in a smooth way. You can do your workout and don’t feel like your being weighed down because you need to get hydrated.

Of course, it goes without saying that the hydration pack must be made of non-toxic plastic. There are lots of plastics out there that are very supple and soft and can be molded and also are strong so they hold the water or fluid in. The problem is, they’re also toxic. So you’re looking for a nice combination of material flexibility, strength to retain its content, and it also must be non-toxic or hypoallergenic. The good news is that there are many hydration packs that fit the bill.

Fluid Versatility

Usually, when people think of hydrating while working out, their main choice, of course, is water. This is the best choice, really. You don’t want any sticky substance or sugar mixed up with your liquid. Still, many people, particularly athletes who engage in high intensity workout, are looking for electrolyte replacement. In this case, you need specialized fluids that contain the right range of electrolytes.

Make sure that the hydration pack you are using can be used for such types of liquids. Some packs have certain plastic that may not work well with fluids that contain electrolytes so be very careful of this. Also, make sure that you don’t settle for a pack that gives up too much for the ability to handle fluids that have electrolytes.

By giving up too much, I am of course referring to the strength, durability, and ability to take on many different shapes. You must still insist on these qualities so that you can get the value you are looking for as far as hydration packs are concerned.