Aside from being critically important for human survival, I don't like to be thirsty. In fact, it makes me crazy to be thirsty. I've touched on this theme a number of times in other posts, but I wanted to dedicate post to water carriage. One of my biggest complaints about most 'bags' is their complete failure to account for ways to carry water. That, or to make some feeble attempt at someplace to carry water which is so small it's unusable. It's like they don't want to mess up their pretty pack lines with a water bottle pocket or something...I don't know. What I do know though is...this is the #1 factor which will keep me from giving them my money! (HELLO, manufacturers...you listening???). This brings me to another subject concerning water, and I'm going to cut right to the chase... "My favorite kind of water to drink is scummy pond water. In fact, I'll pay top dollar to drink the nastiest, scummiest, most contaminated, germ infested, foul tasting water imaginable. Just love, love, LOVE the stuff! And, if you can heat this water up to about the same temperature as my body it's even better! Yummy, nasty, awful tasting, putrid 98.6 degree water...it's the BEST!" Does the above statement sound like you? Of course not!! Okay then, I have one simple question... Why on Earth would you EVER want to drink water out of a water bladder???? Because this is exactly what you're getting with a water bladder...filthy, nasty, hot, pond water. I am far from a germ-o-phobe, clean-freak, but wow, I can't hardly imagine a more unsanitary, disgusting, way to transport and consume water! There, I said it (finally) What do you think?