Hydrapak Shape-Shift 3L

Hydration reservoirs are seldom one-size-fits all, particularly in the case of fast paced endurance sports. The Hydrapak Shape-Shift targets recreators who want to limit sloshing and extra volume for fast and light activities with the option for more volume in the event of a longer adventure. They achieve this by way of a sliding internal baffle (like an internal curtain) that “shapeshifts” the reservoir and allows for a more streamlined fit in your pack.

Conceptually, this is a great idea but the execution and ease of use makes the Shape-Shift a bit more of a niche option than other top performers on this list. Namely the baffle is difficult to operate and is prone to sticking without semi-regular application of silicone lubricant. We’ve run into the same issue with the hose connection port.

Fortunately these are the only maintenance issues that we’ve encountered, otherwise the Shape-Shift is among the easiest models to clean that we’ve tested. It’s also relatively lightweight. Due to the issues operating the baffle, we can’t recommend the Shape-Shift to everyone but for lightweight enthusiasts who want the option for bigger carries it’s a sure winner.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Things we like:

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    A unique and more effective approach to different carry sizes than just rolling the top of the reservoir
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    Easy to clean

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe baffle is difficult to operate and requires a bit of extra maintenance

Where to buy:

Hydrapak Shape Shift 3l Product Image

Hydrapak Shape-Shift 3L

Specs & Features

  • Adjustable volume to trim for activities
  • Plug-N-Play Connect System
  • High-flow valve
  • Low-profile build for increased stability
  • Reversible and Dishwasher Safe Construction

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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    A unique and more effective approach to different carry sizes than just rolling the top of the reservoir
  • check-mark
    Easy to clean

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe baffle is difficult to operate and requires a bit of extra maintenance

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