This past weekend I was able to review the Blue Desert SmarTube Hydration System
This was a relatively inexpensive piece of gear that I think deserves a good review. At only $23 CDN, and available on Amazon Prime, this is an easy way to add a hydration tube to your gear without dealing with a bladder. I really like the fact that it comes with different attachments, a bite valve and a on off switch. It is manufactured in Israel, and seems to be well made and didn’t have a funny taste.
The three different sized lids fit Nalgene bottles, and regular water bottles of different diameters. A very simple setup where each lid ultimately stacks. One thing I wish the kit included was a few inches of velcro material to secure it to your pack. It works with my current ULA Circuit but it would be just a nice little bonus.
Here is what is included:
Suction wasn’t too difficult and I found I stayed much more hydrated. One thing I would like to try in the future is cutting the tube and hooking it up to my sawyer straw, and having it as an in-line filter.