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Geigerrig Rig 500 Hydration Pack Father's Day Gift!

Hey Neighbors!

Look at this one!  Geigerrig sent us a Rig 500 Hydration Pack.  Does your husband/father spend time outside gardening, participating in sports, jogging, etc.  What he needs for Father's Day is a Hydration Pack.  Check out these great packs from Geigerrig.  My husband really likes this.  Unfortunately for this review the weather took awhile to work with us on this one.  I wanted to show the pack actually being used and we had to wait for the weather to cooperate.  Anyway here we go!

Here and below are a couple of awards Geigerrig has been awarded.

Let me start with some information from Geigerrig itself:
In building the GEIGERRIG product, we did a lot of work to analyze the various views and attitudes that the general consumer had about hydration packs.  My experience in the Marine Corps was always in the back of my mind, but I didn’t know how those experiences would translate when it came to civilian, recreation use of a hydration pack.  What we found though, was that the general consumer of a hydration pack shared many of the very same feelings and attitudes about their hands free hydration system as Marines did. 
                With almost universal expression, the general consumer said that their hydration pack was difficult to clean or that they
didn’t clean it at all.  
When asked if they forwent the use of their hydration pack due to lack of maintenance and cleanliness from a previous use, almost all consumers said that this was a common occurrence for them.   
With almost universal expression, the general consumer said that in many cases they liked squeeze water bottles over traditional hydration packs because the squeeze water bottles were easier to clean and maintain, and because they could spray the water onto their body and gear whenever they wanted to. 
When asked if they would consider sharing the water from their hydration pack, the vast majority of consumers said that they would not share due to the requirement to suck on a bite valve.  When asked if they would like to share water from their hydration pack, most people said that they would like to share and that they most often enjoy their outdoor recreation with friends and family. 
When asked if they felt comfortable filling their hydration system with liquids other than tap water or bottled water, the majority of the consumers said that they did not.  
In the event that they needed their water to clean out a wound, spray off their body or clean off other gear, the vast majority of consumers said that their traditional hydration pack would not provide convenient water access.   When asked if they would like to conveniently access the water in their hydration pack for spraying off their body, wounds and gear, almost all consumers said that they would.   
In about 45% of the cases, people expressed that it was difficult to suck water out of a hydration pack while engaged in highly aerobic activity such as running or mountain biking.  They often said that they needed to stop, catch their breath, drink, and then proceed. 
When asked if they considered a hydration pack as a product for a soloist athlete or for family/group activity, almost 100% of the time the answer was that the hydration pack was a soloist product.
Finally, it was virtually universal that consumers wished that they could dunk their hydration pack in a stream and immediately begin drinking the water during activity.
From the front.

First off my husband has been begging for this ever since he saw it!  He does alot of outside ministry and thinks it would be perfect, which it is!).  I get tired of carrying water bottles and making sure they get picked up afterwards.  This Geigerrig Hydration Pack is set up to hold 70 oz. of fluid.  It is equipped with quick release valves for the tubes.  So easy to use. The actually bladder has a slide top so it is easy to remove and fill.  Also makes cleaning easier.

Side view.

View from back.

The pack itself is very well made.  The zippers are Heavy Duty size 8 Coil Zippers.  There are several small pockets, including one where you can place an iPod or MP3 player.  The pack straps across the chest and also has a belt around the waist.  The waist strap is removable if you prefer to not use it.  My husband said the shoulder straps are quite comfortable.

Taking a sip.

You can see the water spraying in this one.

Shoulder Straps:
Ergonomic Fit, Terraced Overlay for Adjustable Tube Configuration and Power Bulb Configuration, Industrial Load Dispursement cut and padding

Additional Features:
Plug & Play Reservoir Tube Connector, PVC Reinforced Compression Straps, Reflective Tabs & Zipper Pulls, Internal Storage Compartments and Organizer, Eco Rig Back Pads, Air Drive Ventilation, Heavy Duty Nylon Pack Handle and Vertical attachment hoops.

Clip to hold tube in place.

Bulb for pressurizing.

We also received the Geigerrig Fliter.  This filter will filter up to 50 gallons and removes greater than 99% of Cryptospordium and Giardia.  This is perfect for the hiker or backpack tenter who doesn't want to carry extra water and bladders with them.. Just use the filter to refill your bladder on the trip.  Be sure to rinse out the bladder and filter when done.  And this little filter only weighs 1.5 oz.

Hose connected to quick release valve.

Now I just have to impress my neighbors here, this is a perfect Father's Day gift!  My husband of course received his early, but he seriously is making plans to take this with him all over the place.  It will also help him consume more water, as he has a tendency to grab soda while out on the street.

Quick release valve.

Pocket for iPod or MP3 player.
You use the OGWA power bulb to pressurize your Geigerrig.  There is an adjustment dial so you can set it to the desired pressure.  You also use it to relieve pressure before dismantling.  Because of the power bulb, you do not need to suck on the bite valve.  Just apply pressure with your teeth and it will spray water into your mouth.   The really nice benefit of this is, you can use it to cool off, if you spill and get sticky you can hose down, you can even spray water on your dog!  I am sure there are many uses my neighbors can come up with for this feature. Because of the pressurization you can drink while going downhill, prone on the ground, in any position you have fresh water.  Another great benefit is no backwash! 

Small side pocket.

Inside pockets.
And of course the Geigerrig Rig 500 Hydration Pack is very easy to clean.  Slide out the bladder, unhook the quick release valves and if needed, you can actually turn it inside out for easy cleaning.  Turn inside out and you can place it in the top rack of a dishwasher.
Inline Filter

Well before I go to long on this post I just want to say we are completely satisfied with the Geigerrig Rig 500 Hydration Pack.  Make sure you visit their website and take a look at all the different styles they have available.  Also be sure to "Like" their Facebook page along with following them on Twitter.

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this review.  I did receive a Geigerrig Rig 500 Hydration Pack for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.  Words in red are quotes from Geigerrig.


Darlene said…
I was hoping this was a giveaway it would be perfect for Greg. Sally is always trying to make sure he is hydrated when he is street preaching.
Unknown said…
Looks like a pretty nice hydration pack....I like that the straps look comfortable too. hope they offer you a giveaway for this!
Anonymous said…
Love this. The boys would love it and so would I working in the yard! I also "liked" on FB.

Unknown said…
Iwould like to enter for a chance to win this water pack because we are always runing a mile in the woods every day with the preachers son if i win please email me at Robertmatthewunger(at)yahoo.(com).

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