The Best Hydration Gear of 2020

Logging miles in brutal conditions? Be sure and replace what you sweat out.

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
buyer’s guide

Patagonia Slope Runner Endurance Vest ($149)

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The ­three-liter Slope Runner won over minimalists and maximalists alike. Seven pockets hold two 500-milliliter flasks, a 1.5-liter bladder, a rain shell, a midlayer, snacks, and trekking poles for big days in the mountains. But at 6.2 ounces, it’s hardly noticeable once your provisions are gone.

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MSR Thru-Link Inline Water Filter ($40)

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The U.S. military has been testing this two-stage carbon filter for more than a decade. Now MSR brings it to consumers. Attach it to your hydration bladder and run the hose into the other end. The 7.5-inch, 2.5-ounce cylinder removes 99.99 percent of bacteria and protozoa without inhibiting flow.

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Nathan Vapor­Howe WaistPak Belt ($60)

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On short runs, this stretchy, breathable belt from Nathan is all you need. Both the women’s VaporHowe and men’s VaporKrar have four roomy pockets (one zippered) for a smartphone, keys, snacks, and the included 20-ounce soft bottle. Straps let you cinch the load.

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Corkcicle Sport Bottle ($35)

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Prefer to make do with a single canteen all day? The triple-insulated Sport kept testers’ water cold for more than 24 hours. There’s a pop-up nozzle, so you don’t have to re­move the lid to hydrate, and the design is narrow enough to toss it in a tote bag. The hexagonal shape is grip-friendly when you’re on the go.

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Salomon ADV Skin 12 Set Vest ($165)

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We love the thin yet ­durable ­elastic cords in the ADV Skin’s closure system, which is more customizable than ever thanks to numerous attachment points. (You can also switch it from left- to right-handed.) Designed to carry up to 12 liters of gear, the vest won’t bounce or sag even when the two-liter bladder, two back pockets, and dozen front and side pouches are loaded up to capacity.

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Hydrapak Flux Bottle ($20)

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This collapsible number weighs just 2.7 ounces, rolls up to the size of an apple, and is BPA-free and dishwasher safe. ­External TPU overlays help it stand when full. The leakproof twist nozzle allows for easy single-handed use.

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