If you enjoy hiking, chances are, you keep a hydration bladder in your bag, so you can take a sip of water with the minimum amount of fuss. It’s convenient. If you’re hiking in hot weather, why not turn that same hydration system into a misting accessory to help cool you down in the face of scorching temperatures? That’s exactly what you can do with the ExtremeMist PCS Retrofit Kit.
Designed to transform any hydration bladder into a dual-purpose drinking and misting system, it gives you an easy way to cool down in the heat while adding the minimum amount of gear to your stash. No more pouring water from a bottle to your head or any of the other creative stuff you used to do to get relief from the heat, just press a button on the remote and get a cool spray of mist to keep you going.
The ExtremeMist PCS Retrofit Kit hooks up to your water bladder via a high-pressure pump, leaving the drinking hose intact, so it remains usable, allowing you to enjoy both hydration and misting from a single water source. You’re supposed to mount the misting nozzle somewhere on your chest, where it can spray a relaxing mist to your neck and face areas to help you cool down while navigating backcountry trails under the scorching sun. The pump, by the way, comes with multiple speed settings, so you can have it sending a strong stream of water your way or spraying a soft, gentle mist, depending on what you prefer.
A small wireless remote that you can keep on your key fob or hang on a belt loop allows you to easily control the misting system using physical controls for both triggering the mist and adjusting the speed. According to the outfit, the mist will consume around 2 cups of water per hour of continuous use at low speeds, 5 cups per hour at medium speeds, and 6.5 cups per hour at high speeds, so it won’t use up all your drinking water, considering you’re only going to use it a few seconds at a time.
When used for cooling down, the ExtremeMist PCS Retrofit Kit can reduce the air temperature within your immediate vicinity by up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, which should provide plenty of relief for anyone struggling with intense heat. Suffice to say, if you’re going to enjoy the local trails in the summer, this is one thing you’ll want to keep on hand during every hike.
It measures just 7.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches and weighs 16oz, so it doesn’t add much size or weight to your pack, making it very convenient to bring along. The pump’s onboard battery, by the way, will last for up to 12 hours of use, so a single full charge should be enough to get you through even extended hikes. Unless you use the mist like a shower, at which point, all bets are off.
The ExtremeMist PCS Retrofit Kit is available now.