CAMELBAK Stoaway 2L - INSULATED HYDRATION RESERVOIR (REVIEW)


CAMELBAK Stoaway 2L - INSULATED HYDRATION RESERVOIR (REVIEW)

Water covers 71% of the planet so why is it so easy to die of thirst? It takes about 3 days last time I checked. The truth is many people, adventures, sports people etc suffer from dehydration, can become sick and die even when there’s water all around them. I have actually fallen foul of this when I was younger, one minute I was riding the skatepark next, I was passed-out, in the recovery position in the bottom of bowl, I guess the excitement of what was doing distracted me from the self diagnostics; of feeling thirsty, sweeting loads not taking on enough fluids, I was young and inexperienced what can I tell you. So yes even in a country like mine, where It can rain most days even in the summer, it’s possible to suffer and even die from dehydration.

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Carrying water when ever you're out is a good idea but if possible it also needs to be easy to access, so that we can sip at anytime almost without thinking about it. For me this is where a hydration reservoir has it over a bottle, which might mean swinging my rucksack off to get at it and this being a bit more hassle then just sipping from a tube on my shoulder strap, might mean I don’t take those sips as frequently as I should.

SIPPING FROM A TUBE ON MY SHOULDER STRAP  MAKES KEEPING HYRATED EASY

THE HOSE

THE CAMELBAK Stoaway Insulated Reservoir was originally designed for cold weather duties; Skiing, Snowboarding, Mountaineering, Ice climbing etc. This being so it has a neoprene insulated drinking tube and big bite valve cover to stop water freezing in the tube and keeps mud “n” crud off the big bite valve, nice.
 
BIG BITE DRINKING VALVE PLUS CRUD CAP

41 INCHES OF SUPER INSULATED HOSE

The hose is 41” long and has a quick release valve so it can be removed, replaced or cleaned etc. Of course this insulation also works in the summer to keep fluids cool and to protect the hose from ultraviolet light, helping to prevent bacterial growth.

SWAPPING OUT THE STANDRED ISSUE HOSE FOR A MIL SPEC VERIANT

THE RESERVOIR

CAMELBAK STOAWAY RESERVOIR BAFFEL IN ACTION



THE RESERVOIR LOOKING SMALL BUT MIGHTY, THATS 2L! 

In my case the reservoir itself is a 2L / 70oz antidote variant. This types has a baffle running up the middle of the bladder, this is great cos it stops it from ballooning out when it’s full. At the bottom is the recipient quick release valve for the hose to snap into.

QUICK RELEASE, LEAK PROOF VALVE

For what it’s worth, I’m impress with how well this works, it’s easy to operate and I’ve never known it to leak.

FILLER CAP

The Stoaway has a screw down filler cap, this is good as we can tighten it down so it’s less likely to leak!(although we do have to be mindful of not over tightening it apparently).
 
IT'S A BIG FILLER CAP

This filler port is plenty big enough to get even my stupid big hands into clean and dry out. I particular like the pan handle, makes filling easy.

INSULATED SLEEVE

USING THE SLEEVE MOUNTING OPTIONS TO ATTACH TO A RMP

For me the main feature of this CAMELBAK variant is the insulated sleeve that does a great job of keeping your water supply from freezing during those sub zero, off piste, hiking missions = in the summer, adding ice cubes to your water, the sleeve keeps the water pretty cool all day. The sleeve is made from a heavy duty, 500d, cordura like fabric and is insulated with 4mm close cell foam. There are 4 lashing points on the outside so you can anchor the reservoir inside or outside your rucksack.

 
FILLING THE RESERVOIR IS EASY VIA WIDE ZIPPER ACCESS

A wide mouth zipper access at the tip of the sleeve make getting the bladder is easy.

 
INSULATED SLEEVE HOSE PORT

The hose can be threaded into the sleeve via a port right at the top or through a double zip access to the quick realise valve at the bottom.

PLUMBING ACCESS

The biggest feature for me is the protection this sleeve gives the reservoir. I’ve used it strapped to the outside of my GORUCK GR1 rucksack during quite long rucks, while carrying a lot of weight that took up most of the space inside the rucksack so strapping the Stoaway to the outside made this all possible and while doing so it never occurred to me that the bladder might be vulnerable at all.

A TON OF MOUNTING OPTIONS ARE POSSIBLE, INC SECURING INSIDE A RUCKSACK.


The Stoaway Insulated Hydration Reservoir will keep your life saving fluids from freezing in the sub zero and super cool and quenchy in the summer. You can strap it any where even carry it by it’s self by it’s adjustable carry handle that I forgot to mention earlier.


So to recap the rules are…. DONT GET "DEHYDRATED"!
  1. If you feel thirsty, guess what? you’re "DEHYDRATED"!
  2. Feel a bit dizzy and light headed, guess what? you’re "DEHYDRATED"!
  3. Feeling sick? "DEHYDRATED"!
  4. Smelly pee and looking yellow "DEHYDRATED"!
  5. Can’t poo especially the day after your exertions and even if you can, it comes out as hard as iron? Yep you're "DEHYDRATED"! 
Get a hydration reservoir and get sipping, even if it’s only to have a more comfortable constitutional in the morning get hydrated!

In short... KEEP HYDRATED!

MY FAVOURITE OPTION, MAKING ROOM INSIDE MY GORUCK FOR A 40lb CONCRETE BLOCK : )

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