Hydration Hack: Converter Turns Disposable Bottles into 'Bladders'

Convert an average 1-liter Nalgene bottle or disposable soda bottle into a hose-equipped hydration system? That’s the promise of the JetFlow, a plastic converter threaded to accept a variety of plastic bottles that then replace the function of a soft-side bladder sitting in your pack.

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JetFlow converts water bottles to pseudo-bladders with a hose

The primary JetFlow device has a threaded nozzle that screws right to a standard water or soda bottle. Hose adapters flank its side, letting you plug on a drinking tube to suck water or, if you choose, Mountain Dew even, right from the source.

Adapters for the JetFlow let you hook up Gatorade-size bottle mouths, Vitamin Water, or a wide-mouth Nalgene. It comes with the adapters, a three-foot hose, and a bite valve. The main adapter weighs just a few grams.

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Adapters allow JetFlow to connect to variety of bottle types

The system costs about $30 at Jetflow.com, and a replacement to a normal hydration system from the likes of Platypus or Camelbak it is not. But as a convenient, hybrid concept we’ll give the JetFlow credit as a good idea for anyone seeking hose-delivered liquid with little fuss.

—Stephen Regenold is editor of GearJunkie. Thanks to GizMag and GetOutdoors for the tip on this product.

Posted by Chip - 03/01/2012 02:13 PM

kind of expensive isn’t it? That is more than the price of the most expensive bladder on the market.

Why 2 ports?

Posted by Mike - 03/01/2012 03:42 PM

Liquid out, air in.

Posted by Beren - 03/01/2012 03:46 PM

Interesting, although at $30 it isn’t much savings over a new Platy or Camel. Cool innovation though, and it reuses a bottle you already have, which is somewhat more “green” than buying an entire new bladder, I suppose. Thanks for the share.

Posted by Wilderness Dave - 03/01/2012 03:55 PM

Yeah, it DOES seem expensive for an “alternate” system. And I don’t get the two ports either. Is it gravity fed (turn the bottle upside down) or is there a straw attachment? I’m confused…

Posted by gnarlydog - 03/01/2012 05:17 PM

Jetflow is shooting himself in the foot.
The attachment has a commercial value of about $5. Make it cheap and you will see sales because at $30 you won’t. As pointed out before: why buy something that is not as good as an existing system and costs more?

Posted by Ozmeister - 03/01/2012 07:52 PM

Platypus Drinking Tube Kit (http://www.backcountry.com/platypus-drinking-tube-kit) for USD12.95

SmarTube
(http://www.racingtheplanet.com/store/smartube.html) for USD20.00

Posted by Drew - 03/02/2012 09:33 PM

Its not expensive if you get the full story on everything included. The $30 includes 2 replacement hoses, a new bite valve (the same sold for $10 by others), a check valve, a nalgene style bottle and 2 adapters. If you want just a manifold and nothing else then yeah , it is $5.

Posted by ernie - 06/18/2012 11:50 PM

drill 2 holes in an average soda cap stuff a quarter inch hose in each hole. one hole and hose is for air the other hole and hose is your is for your drink one hose is 2 feet the drink hose should be about 3 feet. use a sawed off clothes pin for a stopper. start sucking when your done

Posted by Peter - 10/09/2013 02:22 AM

The Convertube solution by Source Hydration is more elegant (and cheaper too). It also includes 4 adaptors to make it fit on really any bottle from Nalgene to Evian to standard PET bottle:

Convertube Hydration System on the Source Outdoor website

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