Evernew Water Carry Bags

As you reach the point where you pretty much have all the gear you need (and then some) for backpacking and hiking, your focus typically shifts to improving on the gear that you already have or tweaking it to be more effective or to shave off weight.  I’m always on the lookout for new or creative ways to improve on ideas that have been around for some time and there are numerous good blogs that specialize in giving advice on how to customize your gear or reduce the weight of your overall pack one item at a time – I try to provide some insight around those principles via this blog too.

I came across a really cool and clever design of water carry bags made by Evernew USA and wanted to share it with you.  I had always bought the standard Platypus water bladders that can be found in just about every good outdoors store and had enjoyed great success and reliability with them, not really knowing about or looking for an alternative.  I typically customize all of my Platypus bladders to add a small loop of shock cord around the neck of the bladder that can be used to restrain it when rolled up.  I first saw the idea via one of Jason Klass’ videos.

Evernew 600ml Water Carry

The Evernew water carry bags intrigued me because they came with the shock cord neck loop already included as standard.  It’s a relatively minor thing but a well thought through design element that saves you the trouble of having to do it yourself, I like to see manufacturers that are paying attention to their audience and taking notes for possible improvements. On the back of the product packaging are some really cool illustrations showing you how to use the shock cord to secure the rolled up bladder in place.

Evernew 600ml Water Carry

Another really simple but useful feature if the Evernew water bladders is the lid retainer.  It’s nothing more than a small piece of nylon that attaches to the neck of the bottle and the top of the lid, but it saves you from those times when you put the lid down on the floor “somewhere safe” while you fill the bladder and then can’t find the lid – I betting many of you reading this have had the same thing happen to you.  I’ve even tried getting in the habit of putting small lids in my pocket when I remove them, but have still managed to lose them some how.  I wouldn’t be surprised if all my lost lids are in the same place as my lost odd socks, wherever that is.

Evernew 600ml Water Carry

Both the shock cord and lid are bright orange which makes the bladder highly visible if put down on the ground.  I know it sounds highly unlikely that you could lose a water bladder on the floor while out camping, but trust me I’ve seen it happen many times.  A little splash of bright orange really helps make the bottle pop out against the greens and browns of the trail floor.

Evernew 600ml Water Carry

I’ve been using Evernew water carry bags for the last few weeks now and have not experience any issues with them.  One thing that I had disliked about my Platypus bags was that despite thoroughly cleaning before and after use, they continued to have a mild “plastic” smell to them that seemed to taint the water too – not a huge deal but a mildly annoying one.  I have not noticed that same smell of taste with the Evernew water bags.

According to the Evernew website the water carry bags are made from a three-layer, low odor, antibacterial polyethylene that significantly reduces that plastic taste and I have to agree that I have noticed the difference.  I’m impressed by the quality and ingenuity that has gone into something as simple as a collapsible water bladder and encouraged that manufacturers like Evernew are listening to their users and adjusting their product lines to give us exactly what we need.  Pretty cool and very affordable water carry bags, check them out if you haven’t already done so.

Disclosure: Evernew USA provided Brian’s Backpacking Blog with a complementary Water Carry Bag to review.

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  • http://www.cejcamping.com/ Marc

    Seems like it incorporates some great design features. How well does the cap area work with water purifiers? Is it easy to fill using one? Also, is it comparably priced to other systems?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    @Marc, good questions. The cap is the same standard size as my older Platypus ones, so all of my tubes and accessories fit onto this Evernew water bag perfectly. I’ve actually replaced the Platypus bag that I use as the “clean” bag on my gravity water filter with this Evernew bag because I am liking it so much.

    The Aquamira Frontier Pro filter fits onto this perfectly too, which is what I use in my gravity filter system.

    The Evernew bags are slightly less expensive that the comparable Platypus ones and they come with the mods already done!

  • http://www.cejcamping.com/ Marc

    Thanks for the additional information. They sound like a good deal, and a great product. I’ll have to try them out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10615642675648988759 Rich

    hey Brian, have you tried Evernew’s hydration tube kit that goes with their bladders? I bought a couple of Evernew 2 liter bottles for the reasons you talk about, and I thought I’d be able to use them with the platy hoses I already had. But the Evernew bottles are not really designed to sit upside down in a pack hydration sleeve as far as I can tell; the neck bends over and is really stressed in that position. But the idea of a bottle right side up with the evernew hose setup is really appealing as I’ve had some leaks with my platys with their connection system at the bottom. Anyway, the questions on my mind before I buy a Evernew hose kit (for whose price I can get a hose and a bladder from platy) are: 1) Is the evernew hose diameter, especially the inner diameter, the same size as platy and camelbak? (so I can use the camelbak bydrolock valves and bite valves I already own as spares (also lighter weight than the oversized ones that come with the evernew); and 2) the inner hose that sits inside the evernew bottle thru which you suck up the water before it gets to the bigger outer hose, that inner hose looks smaller, so I wonder if it will therefore reduce the flow rate of water into ones mouth, whereas the entire platy hose is of the bigger diameter. Any feedback from anyone on these two questions would be appreciated. thanks

  • Rich

    Self update: I bought the evernew hose kit and answered my own questions; a camelbak hydrolock fits in the evernew tube no problem. The flow rate is ok, I realized the diameter of the hydrolock is no bigger than the evernew inner hose, so flow rates seem equal. One funny thing is that the tube kit comes packaged with the hose sitting in a circle like a snake coiled up, so upon first use it does not reach down to the bottom of the bladder (as it has to in order to be able to suck all the water out) it curls up trying to retain the shape it was packaged in/used to. I have it being straightened out sitting under a phone book, hopefully that will fix that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10615642675648988759 Rich

    hey Brian, have you tried Evernew’s hydration tube kit that goes with their bladders? I bought a couple of Evernew 2 liter bottles for the reasons you talk about, and I thought I’d be able to use them with the platy hoses I already had. But the Evernew bottles are not really designed to sit upside down in a pack hydration sleeve as far as I can tell; the neck bends over and is really stressed in that position. But the idea of a bottle right side up with the evernew hose setup is really appealing as I’ve had some leaks with my platys with their connection system at the bottom. Anyway, the questions on my mind before I buy a Evernew hose kit (for whose price I can get a hose and a bladder from platy) are: 1) Is the evernew hose diameter, especially the inner diameter, the same size as platy and camelbak? (so I can use the camelbak bydrolock valves and bite valves I already own as spares (also lighter weight than the oversized ones that come with the evernew); and 2) the inner hose that sits inside the evernew bottle thru which you suck up the water before it gets to the bigger outer hose, that inner hose looks smaller, so I wonder if it will therefore reduce the flow rate of water into ones mouth, whereas the entire platy hose is of the bigger diameter. Any feedback from anyone on these two questions would be appreciated. thanks