For $12, a solution has been provided for that dangly hose – LapelEau. A retractable reel keeps the hydration backpack’s water hose in place when it’s not being utilized. That sure beats using Velcro. Originally featured only on the Showers Pass VelEau pack, they made the LepelEau system universal and purchasable on its own. The idea of this device has literally been sitting on most of our chests for a while, in the form of magnetic employee badges.
“The unique patent-pending VelEau reels are made in the USA by the original inventors and manufacturers of the classic badge reel used for decades to secure employee badges, key rings, bottle openers, and fishing gear. To keep the drinking tube from flopping around on your pack we added rare earth neodymium ring magnets on the tube clip providing just enough retention force to keep tube where you want it.”
Grab it here.