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Old 12-19-2017   #1
 
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best bladder/flask to carry alcohol

I've traditionally carried alcohol in naglene bottles but figured it is much more efficient (and easier to cool) in a bladder/pouch.

Anyone have guidance on one mfg that has held up to the abuse of the river?

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Platypus "SoftBottle" bladders have held the test of time for me. They are/were inexpensive and end up mostly flat when emptied. Their neck is the only part that stays rigid and it makes them seem robust. BPA free and made in the USA. Mine are at least 10 years old and get crammed in the bottom of my pack hiking and where ever else glass isn't appropriate. Not to much residual smell if cleaned out and dried either.
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These work really well


Tan Std WaterBrick 3.5 Gallon – 2 pack | WaterBrick International


Although not soft, they certainly hold enough.
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MSR Dromedary bags are bombproof. Not cheap, but I have a variety of sizes and have used the 10 liter multiple times as a bulkhead in my kayak self supporting and it hasn't shown any sign of wear. Plus you can wash them.

https://www.msrgear.com/dromedary-bags-10
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Cheap Option

We use these for cold brew coffee, pre-made ice tea, marg mix and of course a variety of adult beverages. They are cheap and you just throw them in the dry box when empty,
https://www.amazon.com/Cruise-Ship-F...ise+ship+booze

We go with the largest size we can find.
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These work really well


Tan Std WaterBrick 3.5 Gallon – 2 pack | WaterBrick International


Although not soft, they certainly hold enough.
That's funny because we use the blue/translucent ones for all our water. I have 6 of them and typically strap 4 to the rails of my raft (two more as alternates but have never carried all 6 myself).

Easy to fill, easy to carry....but a bitch to decant/empty. We use another water jug to move water from these into but they are an awesome size and fill off of other water sources really nicely.
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We use these for cold brew coffee, pre-made ice tea, marg mix and of course a variety of adult beverages. They are cheap and you just throw them in the dry box when empty,
https://www.amazon.com/Cruise-Ship-F...ise+ship+booze

We go with the largest size we can find.
Any testament to how well they hold up...price seems nice and I like the different sizes.
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MSR Dromedary bags are bombproof. Not cheap, but I have a variety of sizes and have used the 10 liter multiple times as a bulkhead in my kayak self supporting and it hasn't shown any sign of wear. Plus you can wash them.

https://www.msrgear.com/dromedary-bags-10
Just get these. Pay once for quality and you will likely never need to replace them. They drop them from the air to smoke jumpers. They weigh about nothing and easily strap to frames. Roll up and put in pack for long hikes and fill up at water source. 2, 4,6, 10 L sizes.
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+1 on the Dromedary bags. It's like an armored bag for liquids. The Polyethylene interior resists almost anything inside, and the Cordura 1000D Nylon exterior resists almost anything from the outside. Very good product.
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So far no problems

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Any testament to how well they hold up...price seems nice and I like the different sizes.
We keep them in the cooler and then in the dry box when empty. No problems with leaking. The plastic seems pretty durable. We mark them and put the same type of liquid in them each time, so no worries about the smell/taste.
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