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Old 07-01-2014, 08:22 AM   #1426
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Why does Kriega make such great products? It's not healthy for my wallet I just received my new Hydro-3 and Kube pocket in the mail. Great pieces of kit.

Still in plastic

I have a couple of question though:
1. How do you clean your hydrapak blader?
2. Do you use only water in you bladder or do you use any of those sports drinks powders that mix with water to add some taste (and remove the plastic taste) or any other juice (squeezed lemon) or similar?
Nice. I still get excited when I have more samples sent to me from the warehouse!

Re: hydration fluids. Water with a pinch or two of salt (preferably sea or rock) is as good as any sports drink for getting the electrolytes back into you and won't gum up the valves etc on your gear in the process. It also won't rot your teeth like the sugary chemical-fest that is Gatorade etc.

If you do want to cut it with a little lemon or lime juice for taste, then that's OK too. Just make sure it's fresh squeezed and you don't go overboard with it. That said, you can put whatever you like in it (I have one that still tastes of Papa Doble Daiquiri from Mardi Gras a couple of years back ), as long as you wash it out thoroughly, shortly after use.

The advantage of our Hydrapak reservoir is that you can turn the sucker all the way inside-out and just scrub it with dish soap, rinse well and allow to air dry. If you do ever get a residue or funny taste, filling the reservoir with a solution of warm water and bicarb of soda, then leaving it to soak overnight will usually take care of that. Fresh squeezed lemon / lime can also be added. Run the solution through the entire system and soak the tube and valves at the same time. Use a pipe brush to get right into the tube, if necessary (generally not).

Essentially, just do what you can to clean it as thoroughly as possible after every use (if you're using it constantly on a multi-day ride, then just try to keep fresh water in it as much as possible and clean on a rest day etc). As Droptarotter recommends, throwing it in the freezer after cleaning will also help prevent any creeping bacterial / fungal growth in-between rides.

Think that's all. Hope it helps and that you enjoy your rides with Kriega!



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Old 07-01-2014, 08:24 AM   #1427
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:09 AM   #1428
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Saw this US 20 sitting atop a big KTM on the Flea Market. Looks great huh?

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Old 07-01-2014, 09:37 AM   #1429
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Thanks both for your replys. I normally use fresh water only to, but I wanted to make sure I can squesze a fresh lemon or 2 in to a 3L blader for some refreshemt. Meanwhile, I took a look on hydrapak official site about plastic taste removing and I found out these instructions. So I threw the blader in a freezer owernight. And if you havent seen a frozen blader yet, here is one for you


Hopefully I didn't damage it in any way, will report back once it thaws out.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:44 AM   #1430
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lol i think you want to have the bladder empty before freezing
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:46 AM   #1431
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Thanks both for your replys. I normally use fresh water only to, but I wanted to make sure I can squesze a fresh lemon or 2 in to a 3L blader for some refreshemt. Meanwhile, I took a look on hydrapak official site about plastic taste removing and I found out these instructions. So I threw the blader in a freezer owernight. And if you havent seen a frozen blader yet, here is one for you


Hopefully I didn't damage it in any way, will report back once it thaws out.
Yep! Good work.

And, nope!

You'll have to try a fair bit harder to damage a Hydrapak...



... And that one's not even a patch on the Mil. Spec. version they now make for us.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:50 AM   #1432
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Saw this US 20 sitting atop a big KTM on the Flea Market. Looks great huh?

Agreed. Two of my favorite things, right there.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:51 AM   #1433
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lol i think you want to have the bladder empty before freezing
Yea, I might have taken those instructions to literally

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Yep! Good work.

And, nope!

You'll have to try a fair bit harder to damage a Hydrapak...



... And that one's not even a patch on the Mil. Spec. version they now make for us.
Well,, I am convinced that those things are hard as nails
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:06 AM   #1434
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Yea, I might have taken those instructions to literally
Nah. It's fine as long as you don't overfill it... Even then, you'd probably need to drag it behind a truck for a few miles to do any real damage.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:27 AM   #1435
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Nah. It's fine as long as you don't overfill it... Even then, you'd probably need to drag it behind a truck for a few miles to do any real damage.
it's not the damage.. it's the waiting for that huge chunk of ice to thaw before he can take a drink!
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it's not the damage.. it's the waiting for that huge chunk of ice to thaw before he can take a drink!
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:52 AM   #1437
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it's not the damage.. it's the waiting for that huge chunk of ice to thaw before he can take a drink!
I totally agree, it will take a good while to get that thing out of there
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:56 PM   #1438
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Kriega clips are top-of-the-line Fastex Acetal ITW Airloc moulded jobs, which retain their form and range of operation, while remaining pretty much impervious to degradation from extremes of temperature and chemicals / gasoline etc.

Lemme know if you need some and I'll be happy to mail over a few of whichever ones you specify.
Michael, Thanks but this was the info I needed. I can get those clips. For now, I just fashioned a shoulder strap with some non-weight mini carabiners...makes a great bag for hauling my 40 oz growler into the tap room for the nights beer before heading to camp.

The bags are great. As I've used them I really like the flexibility. Initially I thought I'd prefer just a direct attach onto my Globescouts.

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As I've messed with options I think the strap connection actually works better and provides a quicker connect/disconnect.

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The spacing on the straps is a little tight with the US-10's given their size but understand given the multiples uses they have in the Kriega systems. I wanted to find a large bag I could mount on the tail and hold my Kermit chair, tent, and other camp gear. The market is filled with duffel options though making absence a good business decision.

If anyone needs pannier top bags...check out the US-10's. After checking out all options I don't think there is a better solution out there.

thanks for the great customer service Michael....
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:27 AM   #1439
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Happy Independence Day, y'all!



Hope y'all get to enjoy this wonderful country from the saddle of your 'sickle this holiday weekend.

Be free on the Fourth. And forever.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:42 AM   #1440
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Hey!

A quick question, how do you clean your Kriega equipment? Especially Hydro-3 fabrics. I have been on a very dusty ride and don't know how to get that brown dust out of the mesh and straps.

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