There is no question that when it comes to extended outdoor adventures, hydration packs are invaluable. Having liquids within easy reach during trail runs, mountain bike rides and rock climbs can mean the difference between an epic day and a dangerous bonk. However, these products are not without their flaws. Most get super gunky fast, especially if you throw electrolyte tablets into the mix, a move that also leaves you stuck with a flavored liquid when sometimes all you want — and all your body needs — is water.
But that may be about to change, because a new product that just launched on Kickstarter, the MXXY Hydration Pack, boasts a clever design that could solve all these problems and let you ingest the exact nutrients you need, when you need them.
The secret is a dual reservoir system and a dial that lets you toggle between the two hydration sources. Fill one bag with water and the other with your favorite nutrient mix: pre-workout formula, electrolytes or, heck, even cold brew coffee. Then, when you're out on the trail, simply turn the strap-mounted dial to adjust the flow from the two reservoirs.
You can even do a bit from both if you want, say, just a hint of Nuun Strawberry Lemonade. The innovative pinch valve system has five settings, allowing you to access straight water, 25 percent of your electrolytes, 50 percent, 75 percent and 100 percent.
The reservoirs are easy to de-gunk as well. You can turn them inside out and throw them in the dishwasher, allowing them to get squeaky clean and dry before your next outdoor adventure.
Oh, and in case there was any doubt about the product's technical prowess, no less an authority than world champion climber Sasha DiGiulian has signed on as Chief Performance Director. That has us even more stoked about its potential.
MXXY just launched on Kickstarter and is close to 50 percent funded. Pledge $85 now to get early bird access to a MXXY Base Pack and Reservoir System, with an estimated delivery of January 2021.