- Never Suck Again Review by John
Price Value Quality
The bag has an extremely clean look and feel to it. Employing 100% Heavy Duty Ballistic Nylon this pack is hands down one of the most durable hydration units on the market. The front of the pack has two access pockets with an iPod Ready Compartment.
The Slide Top and Wide Mouth of the bladder make it easy to fill and empty. Also, cleaning becomes a cinch because you just turn the bag inside out and throw it in the dishwasher. No extra cleaning chemicals, or mixing in with certain 9:1 water to bleach nonsense.
The hydration bladder also comes with a surge protector valve which contains an on/off switch on the bite valve.
Also, the hydration bladder is made of #15 Denier Polyurethane which is extremely tough and a lot more durable than anything on the market
Another cool function of the hydration bladder is the way it contours the back. My first impression was that once inflated, the hydration bladder would take a balloon shape and rest awkwardly on my back. Instead the hydration pack contours perfectly around your load and your back.
The final, but most important function is the spray tube. For years we were used to clamping down on the bite tubes to get the fluid moving and sucking on the tube for water. With the Geiger Rig the pressurized system allows the water to spray with a simple squeeze. One can easily adjust the flow of the spray by applying/releasing pressure to the bite tube.
The pack is built using 1680 ballistic nylon versus the customary 420 denier nylon packs on the market.
What does this mean? Ballistic nylon refers to the type of weaving method used and the number refers to the denier of the nylon yarn. Just for background: a denier is a “unit of measure for the linear mass density of fibers. It is defined as the mass in grams per 9,000 meters”.
The Geiger Rig employs a ballistic weave which in itself is superior to the traditional bags on the market. Also, this is an assumption, but the weave most likely consists of 4 (420d) nylons or 2 (840d) nylons to produce the 1680 ballistic nylon.
•Hygiene issues are minimized.
•Cleaning is a breeze
•Sharing water without sharing each other’s slobber is a plus
•Great for washing off scrapes, wounds, and dirt
•Random Pros: Finding a leak in the tube (for cyclists who get a flat tire)
•Tube detaches somewhat easily from bulb. Causing rapid depressurization (This is most likely for safety reasons, but can become quite cumbersome)
•Opening and closing of the bite tube causes too much leakage when pressurized. Maybe a longer bite tube will allow a person to have a better hold on the tube to open and close without having to leak water everywhere or depressurize first.
•1680 nylon vs. 420 nylon makes the pack more durable, but makes the sacrifice in weight. Although it is about a 1-1&1/2 lb. weight differential, this makes all the difference for some ultra light backpackers.
The design is simple and practical. Nowadays pack designs are extremely noisy with pockets and zippers all over the place that we lose track of where we’ve stored something.
(*Excerpts from an online review I posted)
(Posted on 7/9/13)