Karrimor Hydration (2013)

Karrimor’s Hydration bladder looks rather similar to the CamelBak Antidote and shares some features with the older versions of that system. The opening is wide enough to get a hand inside for cleaning, but the lid requires careful screwing on to ensure it’s securely closed and not cross-threaded. The hose-to-bladder connection is also via a screw thread. This makes removing and replacing the hose for cleaning much easier than the push-on/pull-off design, but water will flow freely out of the bladder once the hose has been removed. Although cleaning is straightforward, drying is more difficult as the sides of the bladder stick together and trap any traces of water inside. Karrimor includes both a sturdy, easy-to-operate mouthpiece lock and a bite valve cover with their bladder, which is great to see on a product at this price. The taste of water from the reservoir is also reasonably clear, although there is a slight aftertaste.

Capacity 2 litres
Dry weight 219g
Material polyurethane
Other sizes 1 litre, 3 litres
Website
www.karrimor.co.uk

 

Verdict
The Karrimor Hydration is a well-priced bladder that lacks some of the finesse of other packs but includes features that some more expensive packs omit. It was awarded Trail magazine’s ‘Best Value’ accolade.

Review by Ben Weeks
First published in Trail magazine September 2013