Geigerrig Hydration Engine Pack Review
I’ve been looking for a new day pack and recently came across Geigerrig’s new hydration pack system.
This is a local Utah company out of Ogden Utah.
Let me just start by saying one word… awesome! I have four kids and I own a half a dozen Camelbak hydration packs. With the new Geigerrig hydration pack you can get rid of all your traditional hydration packs.
Don’t get me wrong, when Camelbak came out with their system I loved it. It allowed you to carry more water, which allowed you to stay hydrated. You didn’t have to carry a bottle on your side anymore and it was great. But there are some drawbacks to the old traditional hydration systems and Geigerrig has stepped up big time to introduce a new revolution in hydration packs.
Some of the high points of the Geigerrig hydration system:
It’s Pressurized - It has a pressurized hydration engine, letting you pressurize your reservoir, just give it a few pumps with your power bulb. When I first looked at this bulb I thought it might get in the way and be uncomfortable. However, I didn’t even know it was there.
It sprays - To me this feature was mind blowing because it allowed me to share my water without having myself or others suck on the bite valve. Just the simple fact of not having to bite on the valve means eliminating a lot of germs and bacteria. Which means cleaning this system is much easier and less expensive than the Camelbak. You can use it to spray a wound or give your dog a drink without sharing the germs.
Turns on and off with a twist - The bite valve turns on and off with a simple twist. The Camelbak always seemed to leak, but the Geigerrig worked perfectly and never leaked despite the changes in elevation.
Hydration engine is crazy tough and easy to clean - This reservoir has a lifetime leak-free warranty. It has a slide top and a wide open-mouth that is easy to fill. When it was completely full I stood on it and it held me, a grown man with no problem. This thing is indestructible.
Filter Ready - The tubing is equipped with quick release valves you can easily use with the Aquamira filter system. This took all the plastic taste away and just left the cool, crisp filtered water. Aquamira filter sold separately.
My favorite features of the Geigerrig hydration system are:
How amazingly easy it is to clean. You just turn it inside out, hand wash it or throw it on the top shelf of the dishwasher and let it dry.
The quick release valves. This made loading the engine a breeze. These valves are a one-way system and they do not leak. They detach quickly and easily making the process of filling, emptying, and cleaning of the reservoir fats and easy.
Lastly, I would have to say I loved how the top opens so wide, making it easy to add ice and water to fill the reservoir.
So, the Nitty Gritty is this…
The Geigerrig Hydration system is hands down above all the systems I’ve ever used for all the reasons I just mentioned. The hydration system is superior to any of the traditional hydration systems out there. This is the best hydration system I have ever used! I personally feel you can get rid of your traditional hydration reservoir for the Geigerrig pressurized hydration engine.
I can’t think of any drawbacks to the hydration system. It is superior in every way mentioned. The only thing I would like to see Geigerrig change on the RIG 650 is to add some vents to the back which would allow more air flow to keep your back drier. Other than that Geigerrig has made the best hydration system I’ve ever owned.
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