Does your hydration reservoir leak in your backpack and make your gear wet?
When I started using a hydration system, I periodically had leaks where water would seep out of the system and get the contents of my pack wet. The source of these leaks was the connection between the hose adapter and the threads of the bladder spout. This continued until I remembered an old trick I first learned in Organic Chemistry Lab and that is also used by plumbers: plumbers tape. Plumbers tape is wrapped around the threads of pipes to form a tighter bond between the male and female connections.
Once I started wrapping the threads of my water reservoir with plumbers tape, all the leaks stopped and I’ve never had a problem since in hot or cold weather when the connection shrinks a bit. You simply screw the hose connector to the bladder and tighten it up so it won’t come loose and you are good to go. Plus plumbers tape is dirt cheap and you can get it at any home improvement or hardware store.SectionHiker is reader-supported. We only make money if you purchase a product through our affiliate links. Help us continue to test and write unsponsored and independent gear reviews, beginner FAQs, and free hiking guides.