Mountaineering & Expeditions

CamelBak StoAway 100 Hydration Insulation Pack Review

Sometimes it’s the simplest pieces of kit that can make all the difference. The CamelBak StoAway is the best solution for a common winter problem: frozen water. We’re fans of the hydration bladder with a tube you can easily access, mainly because it encourages us to drink and to stay dehydrated. And even more so in winter – it’s amazing what an effort stopping to get a water bottle out of your bag can be when cold and wet. Especially if you’re skiing, snowboarding or mountain biking.

But while they’re great, hydration packs can also be susceptible to problems in winter. Water in the bladders and especially in drinking tubes can freeze, even at temperatures around 0 degrees C. The StoAway, which is an insulated sleeve for your water bladder rather than a backpack itself, solves this problem and adds in a few more features to boot.

“In winter, water in bladders and especially in drinking tubes can freeze. The StoAway solves this problem and adds in a few more features to boot.”

The insulation stops the bladder from freezing, but it still has a low profile, and the insulation doesn’t really add extra bulk. The tube is completely insulated, as is the bite valve itself. It’s made from BPA and BPS free material.

The StoAway is available in a two or three litre capacity. The reservoir itself has an easy ¼ turn cap, and a large filling area (good if you’re risking stream water) and dryer arms that allow the pack to be opened up and easily dried when you get home.

The tube and bite valve rarely drips and the valve is easy to clean, plus the simple attachment means it can be removed without water getting everywhere. Also the pack features CamelBak’s HydroGuard which stops any bacterial nasties building up (it still requires washing though!). CamelBak products also have a lifetime guarantee.

In summer, the bladder slips out and can be used as normal, it also means that other hydration bladders can be used in the insulation.

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