Feb 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm #1227414
Scott SmithBPL Member
@mrmuddyLocale: No Cal
Any suggestions ?
i'm looking for something that I can easily access while hiking .. yet doesn't flop around, etc .
Maybe something with some sort of clip arrangement . that I could secure to a shoulder strap .. ?? Or ??
ThanksFeb 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm #1421457
@vaporjourneyLocale: Greater GilaFeb 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm #1421458
Simblissity will have a slip/wobble/bounce-free S/S bottle holder coming out this spring, designed to be compatible with most packs. It'll hold round bottles up to 1 liter capacity, eg the AquaFina liter bottles.Feb 21, 2008 at 5:01 pm #1421462
John GBPL Member
@johng10Locale: Mid-Atlantic via Upstate NY
Does mounting the water bottles to the shoulder straps make the pack "feel" heavier on your shoulders ? (I know moving some weight forward should help with the packs center of gravity and walking upright).
Also, does the bottle do anything anoying like wobble back and forth, slap your arm every stride, etc ?
Thanks.Feb 21, 2008 at 5:10 pm #1421465
>>does the bottle do anything anoying like wobble back and forth, slap your arm every stride, etc ?
It can, which is something the Simblissity design is intended to resolve.Feb 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm #1421466
@eaglembLocale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
I have a Catalyst with 2 water bottle holders. I found the best size for me is two, 24 oz Propel bottles. The 32 oz are pushing the limit for staying on in rougher terrain or when moving quickly. These sizes don't slap back and forth for me, or slip out of the bottom. They are still an easy enough size to pull out.
I mention this because 'it seems' like having this extra 3 pounds on the front of the pack counterbalances some of the load. For myself, this is in lieu of putting the same weight in the side pockets of the pack. This would push the center of gravity of the pack further back, requiring the hiker to lean a little more forward.Feb 22, 2008 at 8:57 am #1421558
David LewisBPL Member
@davidlewisLocale: Nova Scotia, Canada
Scott… there was recently a rather long thread about just this subject (similar anyway)…
Personally… I just tie two 500 mL water bottles from the corner store to my shoulder straps using shock cord. No bounce. No flop. No chafe. I keep a 1L platy in my bag too… so I have always have 2L on me. I don't see any need to have all my water on my straps. I just want a good amount of water on my straps for convenience.Feb 22, 2008 at 11:10 am #1421576
Mike WBPL Member
@skopeoLocale: British Columbia
…Feb 22, 2008 at 11:56 am #1421580
@quoddyLocale: New York/Vermont Border
The holder I have on my ULA Conduit strap works well. I recently purchased an MLD Revelation pack and have attached an MLD Bottle Holder on the strap. It is very secure and has little movement with the 20 oz generic bottle I'm presently using. I may add a second holder when serious hiking season begins since there are not too many water storage options with that miniscule pack.Feb 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm #1421637
Dondo .BPL Member
@dondoLocale: Colorado RockiesFeb 22, 2008 at 9:28 pm #1421662
What's the general feeling about H20 bottle position on a shoulder strap – is higher preferable to lower, or no? Some of the illustrations here seem quite low, to the point of interfering with natural arm movement. Whether this is intentional or "opportunistic" I'm not sure, since a lot of S/S daisy chain webbing loops tend to be sewn rather low, relative to the length of a water bottle hanging from that position.Feb 23, 2008 at 5:03 am #1421678
Dondo .BPL Member
@dondoLocale: Colorado Rockies
Brett, you're right. If the bottle slips too low on your shoulder strap, it can interfere with your arm swing. I mount the top shock cord loop just above the sternum strap, which is worn high on the chest. In the above photo, I had just broken camp and hadn't yet started the day's hike. The bottle on the left is in good position. The one on the right is too low and would have been noticed as soon as I started walking. The sternum strap on my Vapor Trail is easily adjusted.
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