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Water is essential for all humans. Even going a day without clean water will have devastating consequences on your body, and three days are enough to be fatal for almost every human. Water is also heavy and cumbersome to carry, and without a hydration pouch, we would need to balance our water’s weight all the time. Although such a pouch is not essential for combat tactics, it allows for a much larger variety in approaches. Letting soldiers wait in ambush, recon, or for extraction for over a day in a single place would be impossible without them. And, for domestic applications, it removes the need to test our luck with possibly compromised sources. Just a sip of infected water can have some dire consequences that are not pretty to describe, let alone experience. There are three things that every hydration pouch must have:
  • Soft inner mesh to keep the water bladder steady
  • Protection against heat and cold
  • Hard outer container to prevent punctures
Additionally, when looking to buy a hydration pouch, make sure that there is a model for sale with attachments matching your gear. You don’t want to carry your water in hand if not necessary and paying a slightly higher price for the right attachment is always a good idea.

What Is a Hydration Pouch?

A hydration pouch is a dedicated container for your water bladder that attaches to your gear. It is designed to allow you to carry your water without needing your hands and have constant access to it without needing to remove your gear or backpack. To house the bladder correctly, the pouch needs to have several elements that are not found in other tactical pouches. Primarily, there will be protective materials both on the inside and outside of the container. You don’t want water seeping in either way, as that can either reduce the amount you can drink or compromise the contents. Next, these protective materials will need to offer genuine protection from both heat and cold. While there is no way to keep the inside at a cozy 72°F (~22°C) we need to keep it from expanding and evaporating. Freezing is also bad, for obvious reasons, and you don’t want your body to expend too much energy heating up the freezing water you drink in cold conditions. Finally, there needs to be a way to pull a straw from the pouch to your mouth without opening it. There needs to be a hole to pass through a drinking line that will not compromise the heating or cooling system.

What to Look for in a Hydration Pouch?

Water is heavy, and we need a lot of it. Bladders can take up to a gallon of water and weight up to nine pounds when filled to the brim. For this, there needs to be a solid connection that won’t simply tear your hydration bladder from the rest of the gear. The most secure way to carry a hydration pouch is with MOLLE webbing attachment and PALS straps. But, they need to go the full length of the pouch and not leave any part unattached. If the strips are loos at any point the water jumping inside the bladder will impact your balance. The second thing to look for is water resistance. Losing water due to evaporation is bad, but taking in water from rain or moisture is even worse. This can compromise the contents and lead you to infection and even more dehydration than you would get without a hydration pouch. Finally, there is the accessibility. You want your pouch to open completely so that you can refill your bladder even if it is not empty. Having just a pocket up top means that you will need to remove all of your gear to reach the bladder, which is not a good idea.

What Hydration Pouches are used by the US Military?

The MOLLE II Hydration Pack used by the US Armed Forces, including both the Army and the Navy, has a large volume of 100 ounces and, as the name suggests, a full MOLLE webbing compatibility. The popularly called ‘camelback’ has been used for operations around the world, and was essential for troops in arid climates like Afghanistan and Iraq. While for short missions and patrols only a single soldier in the squad would carry a hydration pouch for the whole team. But, for longer deployments where there is a chance to go over a day without access to clean water a person in each fire team would have a dedicated hydration pouch.
F.A.Q

What is army hydration pouch?

An army hydration pouch is a specialized container meant to securely house a water bladder. It can be securely attached to reduce the weight impact of water to the wearer.

What hydration pack does the military use?

While hydration packs are not a part of regular standard US Army gear, all packs that are carried need to have MOLLE webbing attachments to be securely fastened to the wearer.

What does hydration compatible mean?

Backpacks, pouches, and similar containers are hydration compatible if they can securely house a water bladder without spilling the liquid or damaging the container.

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