Vapur has changed my life. There I said it. It has fundamentally altered and facilitated daily hydration in the outdoors in a way I would never think such a simplistic product would or even could.
I remember when I got my first bladder-like product and thought how incredibly it had revolutionized the sport of alpine climbing. The idea that you could hydrate through a gigantic hose-shaped straw whilst on the move and not spill all over yourself was relieving. The notion that there was no longer a need to expel time and energy taking off your heavy backpack or twisting and contorting your body to reach a bottle in the side pocket was almost titillating.
Reality struck when bladders started to puncture, pop or leak at the hose inlet, wasting precious water supply, soaking my belongings and now rendering an important piece of gear useless and dead weight. Even if I was lucky enough to have one that lasted, the horrendously involved cleaning process made me simply want to throw it away and buy another one. After a while, I decided that my time was worth more money than the product.