There's a lot of reasons not to carry a hydration bladder, and from what I can tell few of us here do.
But I must say I've been consistently jealous of my climbing and skiing partners who use them, mainly because it makes hydration more seamless with whatever you're doing. Its the obvious selling point, but the contrast becomes painfully obvious when you're fiddling with water bottles all day and you haven't even noticed that your friend, who's more hydrated than you, has even taken a sip.
Platypus bags are pretty good, but they will eventually break or leak, and always at an inopportune time. So I think I'm going to go the ultra heavy solution ;) and get a dromlite bag with a hydration hose. These bags have a reputation for being truly bomber.
I want to make this my hydration method for all outings/sports, so I have two related questions. From a quick search, I couldn't find a comparable product to the platypus insulator. I'm wondering if someone knows of an effective third party or DIY solution for insulating a hydration bag. I've thought I'd using my puffy jacket for an insulator, but it ads complexity and hassle to the system. Insulation for the tube is easy to come by.
My other question also relates to winter. My biggest issue in winter/shoulder seasons is cold toes. Putting boiling water in a nalgene in my sleeping bag has been an effective way to warm them back up. Although the dromedary's are rated for boiling water, I'm wondering if anyone here has experience with using one of these with boiling water in their sleeping bags. The thought scares me, so I could use some confidence.
When backpacking, I primarily camel up at water sources using a squeeze filter. I'm thinking I can stick with this method using the new sawyer fast fill method, so long as my backpack is not to full. Hoping that works at least, or I may just do the hoser for day trips.