Do the above bags still give off foul smell and taste? I bought a dromedary bag in 2016 and had to return it because of the smell/taste. Has anyone bought the bags lately? Just wondering if there was any improvement in that area?
About the original question: I'm not picky about water taste - as long as it won't cause GI problems, I'll drink it. And the Dromedary bags don't seem to me to be a problem re:taste.
One positive effect of losing my keen sense of smell years ago and goes beyond water bag stink!I know that some folks, including my longest and most trusted trip partner, flavor their hydration water to counter the taste of tannin or bag stink. I tried that but found that it didn't increase my water consumption but did leave lingering bag stink that tannin never did.
What to do?
We use the clear 2.5 gallon collapsing water jugs from Reliant. No funky taste. Folks question their durability so I'll leave it with "your mileage may vary". We've been satisfied so far.
I used some of these really early on but, like you, I didn't trust the lid and I don't like the way they pack. The Reliant folding jugs, even when empty have a footprint inside your boat that a Dromedary Bag or something similar does not have. I find that bags have more flexibility in where I can pack them and by having a few different sized bags I can move them around for trimming the boat as I reduce food weight or for expected persistent upwind or downwind conditions.Has anyone else tried these in a kayak? I have a similar jug that is 15L and am wondering how reliable it would be for a planned 5 day trip in Clayaquot Sound this spring (subject to COVID, of course). I figure that I could put it in the rear hatch right behind my seat with other stuff packed around so that it doesn't move around too much, and get some of the air out during the trip so it doesn't slosh much. They are pretty sturdy plastic, so I don't worry much about anything puncturing, but worry about maybe leaking from the lid somehow.
... They are pretty sturdy plastic, so I don't worry much about anything puncturing, but worry about maybe leaking from the lid somehow.
I had a MSR lid leak all the 6L Dromedary contents - fortunately (??!) in the back of my car on the way to the launch.Droms have been our go to but recently have had too lids start to leak. no matter which bag I put em on 2 of them leak.\