Gear Review: Using a GeigerRig Hydration Engine with other brands of packs
I have a GeigerRig Hydration Engine but my backpack was not made by GeigerRig now what?
One of the things that I had wondered when I received my 3 liter GeigerRig Hydration Engine was how easy it would be to hook that up to different backpacks that were not specifically created to use the GeigerRig Hydration Engine. I was really not surprised at all at how easy it was to retrofit my 3 backpacks of choice with the system. Granted it did take a little bit of creativity to complete the task at hand with limited resources.
The first pack up is my old trusty REI Alpine day pack. This pack has a built in hydration pouch in the pack with a tube outlet at the top middle of the pack. The nice thing about this pack was that the tubes were able to be run out each side of o of the outlet and connected to the straps with out any issues. One thing I was able to do was “barrow” a few pieces from my GeigerRig 700 pack to connect the tubing and the Power Bulb to the straps.
The Second Pack was a smaller day pack. It is the REI Flash 18. With this pack I chose to not use any of the GeigerRig accessories. I ended up using two smaller pieces of nylon cord and two cord locks to hold the Power Bulb into place. The drinking tube was threaded through a loop on the other shoulder strap. Even though these were hooked to the straps I did find it to be a little uncomfortable having the Power Bulb tied on the way it was. This was because the shoulder straps themselves are not ridged and collapsed in on itself when anything is tied around them. Even if I was to use nylon straps, zip ties, or really anything else the results would be similar due to the strap type. If I was to get really creative I could have put something behind the Power Bulb and the strap that was ridged to keep the shape of the strap. Both tubes came up out of a opening at the top of the pack. This pack also had a hydration sleeve.
The last pack I chose to outfit with the 3 liter GeigerRig Hydration Engine was my Ultralight Adventure Equipment Catalyst. The neat thing about this pack is that it has hydration tube holes on both sides of the top of the pack. I was able to slide the drinking tube through some of the existing loops and bungees on the strap. The Power Bulb was attached with the nylon cord and the cord locks. For a more long term solution I might think about using either nylon straps or even the reusable gear ties.
Overall it was very easy to hook up the system to the different packs and took very little effort to do so. With a little but if creativity you can use the system on pretty much any pack as long as there is some type of hole to run the tubes through and places to connect them to the straps. I can even think of a few ways to use the GeigerRig Hydration Engines for lots of non backpacking uses however that’s another blog post.
One thing I would like to highlight is that you can purchase several items to help hook the system up to your backpack. The Power Bulb Holder and the Insulated Tube Garage are two of the ones I found most interesting. Check out the GeigerRig website for more accessories.
The Bottom Line
Easy to use on any pack you own. You can even use it without a pack. This is one versatile product that simply just works great.
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