Hydration Reservoirs in Review:
Before receiving these four bladders to test, I had only owned a Camelbak bladder. It worked great, but I got sick of trying to clean it and eventually it just ended up collecting dust in the back of my closet. Instead, I lugged around water bottles. With my dusty old hydration bladder in mind, I considered the following things in my review:
- Ease of filling with water, sugar drinks and ice
- On-the-go refilling, access and use of water found along the trail in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds
- Ease of drinking during aerobic/anaerobic activity
- Ease of accessing the water for cooking, cleaning and sharing
- Ease of cleaning and maintaining
I quickly decided that the GeigerRig was an innovative system. Despite a few extra pieces, it’s simple and it fits my needs. While I like the pressurized feature, I was sold on how easy it is to clean. The other bladder that really stood out to me was the Big Zip SL by Platypus. Having now used a pressurized system I don’t think I could go back, but I still really like how simple, light-weight and easy to clean the Platypus is. I really liked aspects of the Osprey, like the wider tube, and the handle that made it easy to fill, but the design makes it difficult to clean and in the long run I’m afraid it would get funky. I also don’t like that the tube doesn’t come off, like the others.The Camelbak Antidote has a nice wide opening and legs that make it much easier to clean and drain. The Antidote is a big improvement over my older model Camelbak. Even with it’s improvements, I find that I prefer the opening of the GeigerRig and Platypus over the screw-top lids of the Camelbak and Osprey.