Water WeightSchlep water down the trail in the most comfortable new hydration systems on the market
Let’s face it—hydration systems can be annoying and cumbersome, for example, when you’re wearing an ill-fitting pack that sloshes with every step or using a handheld that is difficult and uncomfortable to hold. We tested several new models featuring the latest technologies, and present here our six favorites for the upcoming off-road season.
AK RACE VEST
Perhaps the best feature of this innovative hydra- tion unit designed by elite mountain ultrarunner Anton Krupicka is Cuben Fiber (CTF3), an ultra-light, tear-resistant fabric that doesn’t stretch. Despite a full-pack weight, CTF3 holds its shape, seemingly dissipating weight and making the vest feel nearly empty. Plus, the unit has plenty of pockets—slip-in, zippered and Velcro—for extra gear and fuel.