ya got me. :P
But yeah, when did canteens go bye-bye?
They didn't carry enough water for me for a day and it was annoying to refill it at the water fountain at 1L / 3 minutes. Camelbaks are just more efficient. Just go to the sink, fill it up real fast with cold water and that's it. When I'm hydrated, I'm at least happy instead of cranky, emo and tired from being dehydrated.
As you can see it does have a pretty wide opening.
I stopped using my old one because mould had grown inside the tube but the bladder itself was ok.(i had used it for 2 years)
So my question is:
1. How do I care for the tube? Any ways to dry it? (the tube cannot be removed,my one differs from the one in pic slightly)
2. Are there any good chemicals to clean the tube and bladder itself (apart from the camelbak cleaning tablets which are too expensive for regular use)?
3.Putting it in the freezer: Yes or No?
yes on the freezer, thats the cheapest and most effective way. You can use tablets that people use to clean dentures to clean it out instead of the camelbak cleaning tablets. They are alot cheaper, the downside though is some of them leave an "interesting" taste.
Simple things like only putting water in it and letting it dry after you use it keeps most things away. You can buy brushes that go down the tube to clean it out and Bicarbonate Soda works well as an alternative to the cleaning tabs.
I've used Listerine with good results. Just make sure you really rinse it out, (I'd say multiple times) but it will leave a good minty taste. I also suggest using the brush from camelback that will allow you to clean the tube. Similar to a better pipecleaner.