Water is your No. 1 priority on any adventure. Finding a good hydration system can not only save your life, it can change your life. Stay hydrated and at peak performance with our hydration systems, packs and bottles. We even have something for the little ones too!
If you're heading out to the wilds and think you might be short on water, be sure to equip yourself with a water filter or purification system. They are all easy to use and could either save your life or else save you from some severe (and embarrassing) unexpected events! Having enough fluid for any outdoor activity is always essential, water is also probably the single most heaviest item you will carry when on a backpacking trip.
Can you drink stream water?
Some people say you can if – the stream is fast flowing over rocks, not polluted by chemicals (e.g. fertilizers), not near animals (e.g. cattle), or human habitation. Or near any current or old mining works. The higher the ground that the water course is running through the better, because there is less chance of pollution. There are people who will tell you that they have been drinking from such sources for years and never had any problems. Is it really worth the risk though? You cannot always see if there is perhaps a dead sheep further up stream, or some unhealthy organic matter. There are some pretty deadly water borne diseases like Weil’s disease, that can be spread through rats urine. Also water borne pathogenic organisms can make you very ill. You can never be a 100% sure that the crystal clear water you are looking at is safe to drink.