Vapur, one of our favorite companies in the hydration realm, upped its game yesterday with the release of the Vapur Drinklink system. Now, the Vapur family of bottles is approximately three times more versatile than it was before.
Drinklink lets you use any Vapur bottle in three ways – as an original Vapur bottle with their high-flow Supercap, as a bite valve sport bottle, and as a hydration bladder. They accomplish this via use of quick-connect couplings. So, you can plug the bite-valve directly into the top of the bottle or you can connect an included, 36″ hose, and slip the bottle into your pack.
We’ve had a Drinklink in house for about a week now. Our tester kit came with a bite valve, 36″ hose with quick-connect couplings on both ends, a clip to attach the hose to a backpack strap, and the Drinklink cap. Vapur also sent a 1.5-liter Anti-Bottle to complete the kit. We like the bite valve, which looks almost identical to an Osprey Hydraulics bite valve, one of our favorites. It locks and unlock with a simple push-in/pull-out motion. Also, the quick-connect couplers appear to be identical to those used by Platypus on their bladders. You’ll be able to find replacement parts even if the shop you’re in doesn’t carry Vapur.
First, as a regular bottle with the Supercap, Vapur is already top-notch. The Supercap seals the bottle well, keeps the drinking spout clean and debris-free, and still allows for a satisfying flow rate.
Next, replace the Supercap with Vapur’s quick-connect Drinklink cap and attach the bite valve directly and you have your sports bottle. It works well and it’s nice to not have to flip the lid of a Supercap open to take a drink. If you’re moving at a casual pace or just sitting around the system is great. We’d recommend considering a smaller bottle if you plan on using it as a sport bottle, though. The 1.5L bottle is a bit ungainly and almost requires two hands, which may be tough on a trail run.
Finally, putting the whole system together gives you a hydration bladder. There’s plenty of hose to reach into the deepest of packs. We’re not necessarily sold on the right angle Vapur puts in the valve end, but it’s not a big deal. Everything works as it should and no other hydration bladder system is as versatile as Vapur’s Drinklink.
A few caveats: If you’re an especially thirsty individual, know that our 1.5L tester is the largest bottle Vapur makes at the moment, so you may have to refill more often. We’re also slightly concerned about two things. One, there is no way to attach a Vapur Anti-bottle inside your hydration sleeve, so the bottle may shift around. Two, the coupling on the Drinklink cap is completely exposed and has no protection from impact or sheering forces. In hydration mode, it sticks straight down in your pack’s hydration sleeve. We can imagine a situation where someone may drop their pack the wrong way and break the coupling. It’s probably the only way the system could have been designed so that an Anti-bottle can be used all three ways. Hopefully, it’s never an issue.
In the future, we’d like to see Vapur create a more versatile water filter that can be used with the Drinklink system. Right now, Vapur only offers a filter that is permanently attached to a Supercap. A separate filter that can lock into a Supercap or Drinklink cap would be aces.
No one makes such a versatile hydration system. In that regard, Vapur is leading the charge.