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  The US Army Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) was the most prominent advancement in individual kit for the US Army soldier. The MOLLE brought hands-free drinking to the US Armed Services. Hands-free drinking consists of a collapsible water bladder with a tube and bite valve that the user lightly bites to allow the flow of water while he sips to stay hydrated. In the 1980s and early 1990s, before the use of commercial tube hydration systems, resourceful US soldiers converted the flexible 2-quart canteen into a tube hydration system by connecting a tube to the NBC cap. This had limitations. It did not provide an adequate volume of water through the tube, and the tube did not have a user-friendly bite valve or an on/off switch. One of the first, and best-known, commercial hands-free drinking systems was the Camelbak. The Camelbak company was founded in 1989.3 The first CamelBak products proved to be very popular among mountain bikers and motocross riders, because they allowed them to drink without taking their hands off the handlebars in technical terrain. The product began to cross over into other sports, and soldiers began purchasing them with their own money.  



Definition by Wikipedia: A hydration pack is a type of hydration system built as a backpack or waistpack containing a reservoir or “bladder” commonly made of rubber or flexible plastic. The reservoir contains a capped mouth for filling with liquid and a hose that allows the wearer to drink hands-free. Most hoses end with a “bite valve” that opens when the user bites down on it; the valve may be protected by a dust cover. Some hydration packs are insulated to keep water from freezing or becoming warm. The volume of the reservoir and the pack carrying it can vary widely depending on the purpose of the hydration pack. Some packs are extremely small and minimalist, designed to add as little weight as possible and remain secure while running or cycling, while others are more suited for backpacking and extended hikes, equipped with much larger bladders. However, as water weighs 1kg/l (approx. 8.3 lbs/gal), it is impractical to carry more than a few liters in most situations; typical reservoirs are between 1-3 liters even for very large backpacks.[1] Besides hydration, water reservoirs may be used for washing dishes or equipment, or for showering. Pressurized hydration bladders are used in some cases to provide a stream powerful enough to effectively wash with, or the bladder may be suspended from a high place such as a tree branch to employ gravity in generating water pressure. Hydration packs are commonly used for outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, bicycling, and kayaking, as well as for military maneuvers. Most field backpacks designed for backcountry or military use include accommodations for a user-supplied hydration bladder.



[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]MOLLE – Wikipedia description  (pronounced Molly, as in the female name) is an acronym for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. It is used to define the current generation of load-bearing equipment and backpacks utilized by a number of NATO armed forces, especially the British Army and the United States Army. The system’s modularity is derived from the use of PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing as rows of heavy-duty nylon stitched onto the vest to allow for the attachment of various MOLLE-compatible pouches and accessories. This method of attachment has become a de facto standard for modular tactical gear, replacing the ALICE system used in the earliest modular vest systems (which is still in use with many police forces). The term MOLLE is used not only to describe the specific system manufactured by Specialty Defense Systems, but also interchangeably to describe generically all load bearing systems and subsystems that utilize the woven PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing for modular pouch attachment (though MOLLE is proprietary to Natick Labs, most use MOLLE and PALS interchangeably). Derivatives based on the MOLLE attachment method (such as the Tactical Tailor MALICE clip system) have also been developed. Any system that utilizes modular attachment methods and is usable with U.S. general issue MOLLE components is often considered “MOLLE-compatible” or is called a “MOLLE” system. Increasingly, non-military manufacturers are incorporating MOLLE technology into outdoor equipment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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