The main issue I've had with my Camelback is the taste of the water. The first time I tried drinking from the pipe, it tasted like industrial waste. This is despite having washed many times the plastic bag and the pipe.
Then I googled for a solution, and it turns out that simple washing is never enough, one has to apply a certain treatment to get at least somewhat less awful tasting water out of the pipe. I kept a solution of water + baking soda for 24 hours, and another 24 hours I kept a solution of water+bleach(non-detergent, simple bleach). It is important to remember to put the solution to inside the pipe too. In fact, most of the bad taste is caused by the pipe.
Now, finally, the taste of the water is only slightly affected by the pipe and the bag. It is 100 times better and more drinkable now.
This is a problem that happens in great majority of Camelbacks and other brands too. I have heard some that did not have this problem, but those are rare (and strange too).
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