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.

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.

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.

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.