IcePlate vs. Hydration Bladders

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At Qore Performance we make a new and unique product called IcePlate. Naturally, we get lots of questions about it. In this article we want to address one of the most common questions we receive: “How is IcePlate different from hydration bladders like Camelbak?”

Hydration bladders are currently the most common hands-free hydration solution and generally range in capacity from 34 oz. to a whopping 102 oz. A variety of brands make bladders today, including Camelbak, Source, and Platypus. The basic idea is a soft resealable bag that can be stored in a backpack or other carriage system with a hose and valve for easy drinking. A backpack or other carriage system (which prevents conductive contact with the body) is required for a bladder because it takes a cylindrical shape once filled. Bladders have become the standard method of hydration transport for many industrial professionals, outdoor enthusiasts, and military personnel because they are easy to carry.

This soft bag construction means cleaning and drying bladders is difficult and can lead to moisture retention, yielding unhygienic residue. Freezing filled bladders or filling them with hot water is not recommended. Their soft construction can be damaged by warm contents and overfilled bags can burst when frozen. If you want a bladder of cold water it's better to add some ice cubes. When compared to a bottle, bladders give you mobility and capacity at the sacrifice of durability; a frustrating prospect for hard use. Many people feel that Source currently makes the best bladder on the market because of their balance of durability, modularity, and hygiene.

IcePlate is not a hydration bladder, it is a unique product that combines the durability of hard plastic water containers (it’s constructed from BPA-free HDPE) with the convenience of a bladder with 50oz./1.5L capacity. Our proprietary TotalDrain Technology lets users drink all the water they carry, and IcePlate is also dishwasher-safe, making hygienic storage a breeze. IcePlate comes with a few extra unique benefits such as core temperature regulation and impact trauma protection. Designed to be 90% filled then frozen, IcePlate sits close to the body to regulate core temperature while providing ice cold drinking water as it thaws. IcePlate is worn using any plate carrier, compatible backpack or an IcePlate-specific carrier like the Comfort Harness or IcePlate Safety Vest. IcePlates fitted with our Quick Disconnect accept most hydration bladder hoses on the market like CamelBak and Source.

For those wondering if their gear is going to work with IcePlate, stay tuned as we’ll be posting Plate Carrier and Backpack compatibility charts soon. This will be a fantastic resource for readers considering making the leap into the Ice Age with us!

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