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RoguePak replaces the hydration bladder with disposable hydration "cartridge"

RoguePak replaces the hydratio...
The RoguePak presents an alternative to the reusable hydration bladder
The RoguePak presents an alternative to the reusable hydration bladder
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RoguePaks are meant to make active hydration easier
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RoguePaks are meant to make active hydration easier
The RoguePak is a product from Texas-based AquaStorage
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The RoguePak is a product from Texas-based AquaStorage
The RoguePak presents an alternative to the reusable hydration bladder
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The RoguePak presents an alternative to the reusable hydration bladder
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The hydration pack has been a boon to all types of sports enthusiasts, providing an easy way of carrying enough water for long adventures in dry, hot weather. If there's one knock on such packs, it's that the hydration reservoirs inside can be difficult to clean. It's a problem that the industry has been continuously addressing with new reservoir designs and alternatives like the JetFlow. Texas company APK Gear has its own solution: disposable, self-sealing bladders that you never have to clean.

APK Gear's parent company AquaStorage has its roots in emergency preparedness. The company's AquaPodKit water bladder holds a two-week supply of water (65 to 100 US gal/246 to 379 L) in a home bathtub during natural disasters and other events that threaten to cut off water supply.

With the RoguePak, APK Gear shrinks this bladder technology down into backpack size. The low-density polyethylene bag comes in 50, 70 and 100 oz (1.5, 2 and 3 L) sizes. Unlike your typical hydration bladder, though, it is designed to be filled up, used once or a few times, then disposed of or recycled – no scrubbing and no residual soap or cleanser taste in your water.

The RoguePak can be used "as long as you want," according to the company. However, the value of this type of system is really in being able to quickly replace an older bladder with a brand new one.

RoguePak bladders are more than just heavy-seal plastic bags. They include a purpose-designed internal port that lets you fill the pack quickly but seals itself when you stop filling it, holding the water in without any additional adhesive or threaded closure. The company shows that you can turn the bag upside down without spilling any water. The top port clip isn't necessary for holding water in, but it does help keep the cartridge clean and prevents overfilling. The wide port can accommodate ice cubes.

The RoguePak cartridges are designed to eliminate cleaning while saving money compared to replacing permanent, reusable hydration reservoirs like those offered by Camelbak and Platypus. While cheaper than permanent reservoirs, they don't necessarily solve the expense issue. They average right around US$25 (cost varies by size) for a pack of four with a single drinking tube, bite valve, connector valve and top clip.

Once you have the drinking tube, you can just buy the refill packs, which average $13 and include three cartridges with single top clip. That's over $4 apiece, or the price of several gallon-size bottles of water. If you run or cycle everyday, or close to it, and start replacing these things regularly, you may find yourself spending more on portable tap water than on fancy coffee or alcoholic beverages.

The 70-oz RoguePaks are available now, and APK Gear plans on ramping up production on the 50- and 100-oz bottles in the coming weeks.

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8 comments
John Lacson
The whole point is to eliminate waste. Not to find ways to create more. What's the difference of this and bottled water?
PaulWatkins
Yup, more waste. Why is this nonsense allowed?
minivini
Exactly. A poorly cleaned bladder still lasts quite a while, and is reusable until it's just too funky. This creates a ridiculous amount of waste, isn't cost effective, and I can't imagine it being adopted by the very outdoor enthusiasts who it's marketed to. I don't wish bad luck on anyone trying to start a company, but I really hope this doesn't become a "thing". I certainly wouldn't buy into it.
roguepak
Yes the point is to reduce, reuse and recycle. This product is completely different from bottled water. With bottled water you are purchasing water that comes with a container. With the RoguePak you are purchasing a container to fill with water or your beverage of choice.
The better comparison is with the existing older hydration systems. The RoguePak has half the plastic as similar sized hydration packs, reduce.. and the product is designed to be reused until it gets dirty and unsanitary. Then unlike other hydration packs on the market that are not recyclable this product is specifically designed to be easily recyclable. So yes thank you for making my point.
The RoguePak is designed to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Verses the status quo which is only reusable.
christopher
Awesome idea - my bladder lives in my flying harness, which can sit for weeks in-between uses; it's a major pain extracting/cleaning/filling, especially when the weather is "on" and I just want to fly!
The price is nuts though. It's basically a wine-cask without the box, but priced double what that costs at the shop, except the wine cask comes with wine in it. Actually - I expect the wine cask is probably superior in many ways: I've tried to burst one by jumping on it - they're *way* stronger than a water bladder, plus they're silvered: blocking light keeps the water fresher (yuck can't grow in there without the light energy)
JuMo
Agree, completely mis-targeted, causing waste and over-priced.
It's the tube and bit-valve which are hard to clean with conventional systems unless you buy their cleaning kits, which make this somewhat easier. The reservoir is easy to maintain (unless you're terminally lazy or careless).
Platypus used to offer free replacements for their reservoirs so you were buying one for life, don't think they do that any more - they must have over-estimated the longevity of their reservoirs.
From the look of the "Related Articles" below people are devoting a lot of energy to solving non-problems in this area!
Jay_Wilson
If the issue is that Hydration Bladders are Hard to Clean, why not solve that problem, like Clean Bottle did for cycling?
the.other.will
Bladders are not used to reduce waste. That can & is accomplished with reusable bottles. Bladders are used to make drinking more convenient. That can be very important depending on the activity. I agree that the RoguePak is very wasteful compared to ordinary durable bladders.