I ran into these GeigerRig hydration packs at Costco this weekend. Not a regularly stocked item, but a “traveling road show.”
I’ll say right out that they’re pricy. OTOH, this is without a doubt the coolest backpack hydration system I’ve ever seen.
* It’s pressurized so you’ll “never suck again.” (I hate sucking on those things, especially when I’m panting from climbing a hill.) The water squirts. So in addition to drinking, you could use it to spray-cool yourself, clean a wound, wash a utensil, or even squirt the dog or the kids.
* There’s an optional inline water filter to enable you to drink from streams, lakes, or puddles without carrying an extra piece of equipment (filter is rated for cryptosporidium and giardia, not viruses).
* The bladders, which come in 2- and 3-liter size, can be opened, turned inside-out, and even stuck in a dishwasher for easy cleaning — unlike the standard closed bladder where you never know what might be growing inside.
All-in-all, a highly elegant piece of design. Bladders can be bought separately and retrofitted into your existing pack.
Me, I’m going to wait until the knock-offs appear or competition forces the prices down. But if you hike a lot or have to have the very best for your bug-out equipment, this looks like it.
No financial interest on my part. However, GeigerRig prices are way lower on Amazon.com (25-40% better than on the company’s website, sez a quick glance). And if you use the Amazon link in this paragraph, I’ll get the usual commission.
ADDED: Bob Geiger, maker of these beautifully designed hydration packs, has turned up in the comment section to tell about a special offer starting tomorrow and to answer questions. So you might want to check that out.