3 SUP Hydration Pack Options

CamelBak Rogue Hydration Pack
CamelBak Rogue Hydration Pack

Drinking enough water is an important part of any training. Especially when you’re out on the water, you can quickly become dehydrated without even realizing it.

If you’re looking for a way to carry water when you’re out paddling, you have a few different options. The easiest, of course, is just bringing a water bottle along. The downside to this is you need to stop paddling to get a drink, and if you’re paddling in the ocean or bay, that first sip is often a little salty from the splash on the board.

Hydration Packs

A better option would be to use a hydration pack. A hydration pack is going to hold more water than a bottle. It will allow you to take a drink without completely stopping paddling, as you just need to pull the valve out versus kneeling down to pick a bottle up off of your board. Another added benefit is most hydration packs have additional storage for carrying small items.

Nathan VaporAir Hydration Pack
Nathan VaporAir Hydration Pack


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 25 years, I’m sure you’ve heard of CamelBak. They are the creator of the original hydration pack. Although originally designed for cycling, CamelBak has plenty of smaller models to choose from that would be suitable for paddleboarding.

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Nathan Sports

Nathan makes hydration packs specifically for runners and triathletes. These packs are designed to hug your torso, so they don’t bounce around while you’re running. They also feature mesh backs and should straps for more breathability.

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VestPac WilsonPac
VestPac WilsonPac


VestPac features a minimalist design and is quickly becoming a favorite of stand up paddlers. The back and chest panels on VestPac hydration packs are made of a material that wicks moisture away from your body. These packs are made to be used on the water, and unlike the others, feature storage pockets that drain, if you happen to go for a splash.

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With any of these packs if being used around salt water, it’s a good idea to it a fresh water rinse after you paddle, and occasionally wax the zipper, to help prevent jamming or rusting.

6 Responses to 3 SUP Hydration Pack Options

  1. Great article! I like the idea of using those hydration packs and I also got an idea – it would be awesome to use these packs if you’re running as a little weight exercise… because it would be so much harder to run with 1 liter of water attached to your back then to run without any weight! Which one of these is your favorite hydration pack? Thanks!

    • I never thought of that before Katie. If I was going to try a pack for that reason, I’d probably go with one of larger packs, since 1 liter isn’t really that much. The larger ones also generally have more storage, allowing you to put other items inside to add weight.

      I’m kind of a fan of the slim design of the CamelBak. But for paddling I’d definitely go with the VestPac. I like the minimalist design, and like most paddleboarders I prefer not having anything strapped to me, even my belt pack. Also, I occasionally like to jump in the water, so I really like the draining pockets.

  2. I don’t see how any of these options integrate with your PFD. After the recent SUP drownings it’s more important than ever for professionals to model consistent PFD use. Would love to find a bladder that functions safely for SUP.

    • Maybe not integrate, but considering the popularity of belt packs these days, these at least wouldn’t interfere with the operation of your PFD. For whitewater or colder climates, where jacket style PFDs are much more common, these wouldn’t work as well.

      You could possibly adjust the straps loose enough to fit it over your vest, but I guess that wouldn’t be ideal. With the VestPac, since it just uses nylon webbing for the straps, you could do a DIY job. Cut all but an inch or so of the straps off, and then stitch it to your PFD?

  3. We are going to be an the water a lot this summer. I am also starting to run. Well a slow jog anyway. These hydration packs are awesome. I think a CamelBak Rouge would be the best to get. I would like to use just the one for everything I would like to do this summer. What would you get?

    • They all have their pluses and minuses. I really like the simplistic/modular design of the VestPac, and the large storage pocket in the front, making it easier to access. The CamelBak is a smaller profile design, though, and has a much larger reservoir, so I’d probably lean that way too.

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