Gear Review: Geigerrig Hydration System

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  • Reviewed by: Tim Miner
  • Price (MSRP): $49.00
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  • Best Use: Multi-use
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  • Testing Location: Red Rock National Conservation Area / Mt Charleston Wilderness
  • Time/Distance Tested: 30 miles over 2 months
  • Testing Environment: Normal desert conditions

I have been a dedicated CamelBak fan for years. But with the introduction of the Geigerrig Hydration System, the days of cleaning the bladder after every use are over! This Geigerrig review of the 100 oz Geigerrig Hydration System will tell you why.

Some of the highlights of the system

  • Slide top for easy accessIt sprays – I’ve already utilized this pressurized bladder to spray off a trail scrape for my 3 year old, provide a thirsty dog with a drink, and douse a fire.  Another benefit is that it reduces contact between your mouth and the hose, eliminates a lot of the backwash and bacteria, and doesn’t require a cleaning after every use.
  • Slide top with very wide opening – I’m a very big guy with massive hands.  The Geigerring hydration bladder makes it very easy to clean and drop in ice when prepping the bladder for a hike.  Plus, it’s easy to open and close unlike the CamelBak system I have been using.
  • Turns on and off with a twist – the end of the hose is equipped with a twisting on/off value which works flawlessly.  Even with a pressurized bladder and changes in elevation the value held up and there were no signs of leakage.  This design is much more desirable for me than the Camelbak which leaked on more than one occasion when the tip of the drinking line was pinched.
  • Pressure bulb – the system is built with a two camber design, one for the water and another that encases it that fills with air as you squeeze the pressure bulb.  Much easier than removing your pack to squeeze it or leaning against a tree to put pressure on the bladder.  Again a great enhancement to other systems.
  • Quick release valves – Both the pressure hose and the drinking hose are attached to the bladder with quick release valves.  Enough said.
  • The materials – Made from a #15 Denier Polyurethane and backed with a nylon backing, this bladder feels almost indestructible.  It’s tough enough to be cleaned in your dishwasher.

My favorite elements

  1. Large top openingMy favorite thing about this Geigerrig Hydration System is how easy it is to clean.  I just turn it inside out, hand wash it, and wipe it dry with a towel.  Occasionally, it will go in the dishwasher to be sanitized.
  2. Running a close second is the ease in filling it.  The top opens so wide that I can easily pack it with ice and add the water.  No more dropping ice cubes on the floor at 4:30 am trying to get ice into the CamelBak.
  3. My final thought is on the quick release valves.  They are very easy to detach making the process of filling, emptying, and cleaning the bladder a breeze.

Useful Tip

If you use the spray method rather than sucking on the valve you reduce bacteria and maybe even the need to clean it after each use.  Store the bladder in the refrigerator or even freezer to further prohibit development of mold and other bacteria.

The Bottom Line

This is a fantastic hydration system and a giant step forward from the CamelBak systems I have been using for years.  Geigerring has elevated the functional design for bladders for the entire segment of the industry.  The Geigerrig Hydration System makes hydration and rehydration on the trail much more simple.  Now if we could just modify this two chamber system to mix Jack Daniels and Coke effectively we might have a great product for camp too!

I'm the founder of Vestor Logic, the digital strategy and web design firm that created Trail Sherpa, ParksFolio, and Modern Steader. I'm a day hiker, top chef in camp, doting husband, and father to two headlamp wearing boys. My work in digital media brings those experiences to life.