Gear Review: GeigerRig RIG 500 Ballistic Hydration Pack and Giveaway
This review has certainly been a long-time coming since we originally posted about GeigerRig’s new passport system back in April. Over the last few months we have hydrated, washed, beat-up and demanded a lot out of our Geigerrig. Quite honestly, we wanted to be sure we could recommend a hydration system that is so radically different than anything on the market right now.
This review will focus primarily on the hydration system itself instead of on the pack (the RIG 500). It is rare these days for us to carry a backpack other than a kid carrier when we are out hiking. Therefore, our GeigerRig just went straight into the carriers 95% of the time. However, do not discount the packs by GeigerRig at all. The RIG 500 breathes well, is comfortable, and is absolutely durable. It has enough space for a day hike (a few snacks, an extra jacket, etc.) and will keep you hydrated for a few hours of heavy sweating and hot temperatures.
Since we talk so much about framed kid carriers around here, we thought it was pretty crucial to point out the fact that the GeigerRig works MUCH better in a Deuter or a Poco than a Kelty. The Kelty’s hydration pocket is under the child’s feet and means that it requires a longer hose to work effectively. You can see in the photo below that the pressurization bulb is high on my shoulder and the hose is short to spray. The Deuter and the Poco both have a vertical hydration pocket that sits right behind the wearer’s back, allowing for more hose to work with.
In case you missed our previous post and/or are new to GeigerRig:
The GeigerRig uses a unique system of an additional inner wall in their bladder allowing for pressurization of the water. In their words, “you’ll never suck again.” The pressurized (through a hand-bulb) system allows for spraying (and therefore no sharing of germs, etc. from the sucking action that is required by all other hydration systems.) If you have kids, this means NO FLOATERS in your water! Whoop! This also means the ability to use the water to cool down or clean up on the trail.
What we loved:
- Ability to wash and safely store an hydration bladder not in use without having to resort to gimmicks and tricks (like keeping the bladder completely full.) *Dishwasher (top rack) safe!*
- The ability to share water with the entire family (including the dog) out on the trail. Granted this also means we go through our water VERY quickly, but everyone is staying hydrated.
- The in-line filter (sold separately and possible to use with ANY hydration system) cuts out an extra item to carry on the trail and provides confidence in the fact that we are getting clean water.
- Bladder can be used with any pack (though certainly works best with a vertical hydration pocket.)
What we weren’t so crazy about:
- The hoses and ports are not labeled SUPER clearly so it IS possible to get the pressurization hose mixed up with the hydration hose. Some sort of color coding would be great for when you are in a pinch and trying to get systems loaded quickly (along with antsy kids!) This just means wasted water while you try to get things switched back around….
- A little longer hose would be nice to accommodate for packs WITHOUT a vertical hydration pocket. However, you are then dealing with the possibility of a hose that is too long. The length of this hose obviously works great with the RIG 500 pack.
- Until you run the bladder through the dishwasher a few times, it tastes horrible (which is common for new packs AND can be resolved through the use of the GeigerRig filter - retailing for $28.)
GeigerRig is working hard to continue putting out additional products using the pressurized system and staying ahead of the game. Runners, watch for a pressurized vest and bikers, watch for a Bike Rig! They are great about posting sneak peaks on their Facebook page (see link below) so watch that!
On their Website
On YouTube (they have TONS of informative videos!)
WIN a RIG 500 Ballistic Hydration Pack!
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Geigerrig very generously provided us the RIG 500 Ballistic Hydration Pack for review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.
The Bottom Line
Geigerrig is taking the hydration market by storm. They have a quality, well-thought-out answer to the issues hydration systems have been posing for years. Finally, a system that can be (easily) washed AND shared. We give it two thumbs up!