Here at Qore Performance®, we want you to get the most out of your equipment. As such, we have have created this Quick Disconnect Drink Tube Compatibility Guide for IcePlate® Classic and IcePlate® Curve/IceCap. In the following post we’ll answer these frequently asked questions:
- What are some of the common hoses that are compatible with my IcePlate® Classic Quick Disconnect Kit?
- What drink tubes are compatible with my IceCap that comes standard with all IcePlate® Curve purchases?
- What other common hydration gadgets work with my IcePlate®?
- Will these gadgets fit into or onto the IcePlate® hose?
NOTE: IcePlate® Classic and IcePlate® Curve/IceCap hoses are cross-compatible. They use the same QD interface.
We made a trip to our local REI and bought all of the hydration tubes they had in stock. Below is a compatibility guide for those drink tubes. This compatibility guide works for both IcePlate® Classic and IcePlate® Curve since they use the same QD interface.
Well, all streaks come to an end, and the CamelBak HydroLink Tube broke ours! As you may notice on the above tube, there is a female adapter connected to the bottom of the tube. This poses a problem for the IcePlate® Quick Disconnect because this adapter will be trying to connect to the female adapter at the base of the IcePlate®.
This is where we tried a hack. We disconnected the female component on the IcePlate® and replaced it with the male component from the corresponding tube.
Then we tested to see if we could snap the HydroLink into place. Unfortunately, it did not seal tightly and water began to leak.
The CamelBak Mil Spec Antidote Replacement Tube is another insulated option that is fully compatible with the IcePlate® Quick Disconnect system.
HydraPak Arctic Fusion Tubes claim to keep water flowing in freezing temperatures and offer 50% more foam insulation than other brands. The male component on the HydraPak Arctic Fusion Tube is also compatible with the IcePlate® Quick Disconnect female component. This tube could be an excellent complement to a warm water-filled IcePlate® in the winter months. Time to mix and match. (Read about some of the health benefits of drinking warm water here.)
The Hydrant Tube Kit is a hands-free pressurized hydration system, equipped with an easy-to-use squeeze bulb that sprays water at your command. The Hydrant Tube Kit snaps easily into the IcePlate® Quick Disconnect System.
Osprey makes a series of products that can be used in conjunction with your current IcePlate® tube. The Hydration Accessory Bite Valve boasts a “bombproof ¼ inch twist shut-off design.” It can easily be inserted into your current IcePlate® tube and replace your normal-use bite valve.
The Osprey Hydration Accessory Host Magnet easily slips onto the IcePlate® tube. This Magnet Kit allows you to secure your hose to metal straps on your pack. This may come in handy if you are using your IcePlate® in conjunction with your current backpack or pack.
Osprey Hydration Accessory Quick Disconnect Kit is a reasonable option for upgrading your IcePlate® to have a Quick Disconnect feature.
Both the male and female components on both the Osprey Disconnect Kit and the IcePlate® Quick Disconnect are compatible.
This cleaning kit falls into the “sort of compatible" box. The larger brush is too wide to insert into the mouth of the IcePlate® (but could be used to scrub the outer portion and components). The thinner Tube Brush is a great solution for cleaning out your tube.
(Stay tuned for an upcoming post on keeping your IcePlate® and tubing clean.)
These Fast Fill Adapters actually include a quick disconnect conversion kit for your tube. Sawyer recommends cutting your tube relatively close to the bite valve and attaching their version of the quick disconnect.
The blue Adapter (see picture) snaps into the female component and allows you to easily screw on Sawyer’s filtration systems (check out this great video on how to use these products). The great news for our IcePlate® users is that the male component of the Adapter snaps directly into the female IcePlate® Quick Disconnect piece as well. Filtration never got easier.
Piggy-backing on #3, The Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System is easily inserted into the IcePlate® tube. In this instance, it does not connect directly with the Quick Disconnect system but is placed directly into the tube. In order to filter water flowing directly from the IcePlate®, cut the tube relatively close to the bite valve. Run your tube under warm water to increase pliability or use sanitized wire pliers to stretch the tube. After the tube is stretched, the Filtration System can be pushed into place, connecting the tube back together. The Filtration Tube fits snugly into the IcePlate’s® tubing.
Source Tubes, with their insulated UV-block weave cover, continue to be extremely popular. The great news is that the above Source Tube is completely compatible with the IcePlate® Quick Disconnect. The male end of the Source Tube snaps securely into the female component of the IcePlate® Quick Disconnect. Once installed, you can easily connect your Source Tube of choice. (Note: Source Tube shown here with Source Universal Tube Adapter, a great resource for filling your IcePlate® while wearing it. See Source video for more information).
The SportsTrail Insulated Tube claims to provide taste free water and top insulation. This tube is also compatible with the IcePlate's® Quick Disconnect feature.