By David Crane
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August 15, 2013
In addition to the Hydrapak First Wave Military Reservoir combat/tactical hydration system, Hydrapak also had another interesting little hydration product called Hydrapak Softflask (also written "Soft Flask"), a handy-dandy collapsible fluid/energy gel/water bottle that collapses as you drink, using a standard-type bite valve. DR isn't really all that familiar with energy gel, but apparently it's a thing in the fitness world, specifically in running and biking.
While Defense Review isn't sure how the Hydrapak Soft Flask is advantageous for/useful to civilian tactical shooters, it's just a cool and interesting product. Made of the same MILSPEC material as standard tactical hydration reservoirs, the collapsing Softflask prevents the fluid inside from sloshing around, provided it's filled completely. As it empties, it becomes smaller and smaller and can be put in your pocket, once all the liquid and/or energy gel is consumed.
"When your'e ready for more water, the cap comes off [revealing a] nice wide 42mm opening. [It's] easy to fill, [you can] even put ice cubes in. Also, [it's] dishwasher-compatible, so you if you want to [unintelligible], you can just put this in, and it gets clean in the dishwasher. [Then] you [just] put the cap back on. It's got a shut-off feature on it, so if you don't need it, you can twist it, now it's shut off, you're not going to be able to get any flow through the bite valve. Click it to the "on" position, and now you're able to drink the water easily," says Hydrapak representative Matt Lyon.
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