|Weight [with packaging]:||2 L, 2.5 L: 0.55 lb, 3 L: 0.6 lb|
|MSR Hydromedary Bag (2-3L)||$34.95 - $39.95|
This is my third MSR Hydromedary. My third you ask? It is because I gave away the first two to folks who came out into them-there-mountains with other Brand-Name" bladders only to have them fail resulting in backpacks full of wet clothing, tents, sleeping bags, etc. I have backpacked and hiked throughout Colorado and California and most recently with a bunch of guys on an annual hike into the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. During each trip, without exception, someone has had their bladder of choice blow-out. Not me. There are I suppose only a few things that can go wrong with a bladder, but when they do, one is in a world of hurt. The materials (very durable) and workmanship are exemplary and the service from Backcounty.com is equal to the product. Since I go through water rather quickly, the 3L is a great size and I do not notice the added weight nor have I every worried about running out. I have not noticed any taste imparted by the bladder and it NEVER has leaked. NEVER. If you cannot guess, I highly recommend the MSR Hydromedary and Backcountry.com.
I love the durability of the fabric and complete lack of aftertaste. I have had zero leakage from the hose or mouthpiece. I also really like the mouthpiece. It does take some time to get use to biting it to open it and the flow is not super high. However, I like to sip water as I go so that's perfect. Plus the mouthpiece seals so well that you don't have to close the valve. My only big complaint is that there is no loop in the center to attach it to a pack that's built for a Camelbak or an Osprey bladder. There is a small opening in the plastic piece you use the lift the bladder. I rigged a piece of heavy gauge wire from Home Depot to make a loop I could attach inside my pack. Finally, a small nitpick, the lid should stay attached when you take it off so you can't drop it or lose it. I like that feature of my old Camelbak. Overall though, they nailed the three most important features in my book - hose, mouthpiece and durability.
I love this hydration bag. The 3L is perfect for a full day of hard skiing for two people. The material is very very strong and I feel as if it will never wear out.
The tube is high quality, and the no leak bite valve is very nice as well. It has a turn style feature to stop the flow of water even if the bite valve is depressed. Comes in handy for when I lean against it on the lift, water doesn't run everywhere. No plastic taste, and very easy to clean.
I do wish the tube came with a neoprene insulation liner, to help keep it from freezing. Other than that, no complaints. Recommended to anyone over the Dakine Hydration bag.
I bought the Hydromedary 3L soon after my, few month old, Camel bak breached the bottom seam in the reservoir, and filled my pack with water early into a day hike. I've been using it almost daily for the last year and couldn't be more impressed with the construction. I apparently am pretty abusive on my gear, or at least my standards for durability are very high, and this thing is bullet proof. it's a great product, and I would recommend nothing else. MSR, once again, sets the standard for reliability.
The MSR hydration packs are great - the water tastes sooooo much better than the osprey or camel bak packs! They don't fit well in the small (2L and less) running packs camel bak makes (which are neat packs). Other than that, no complaints. I would like to see them release this model with the heavier duty black-fabric version. A cover for the line to keep it cool would be neat too, but maybe I'm just dreamin' now~
Let's get real. I'm 16 and a guy, therefore I'm pretty rough on gear. This bladder has been through it's paces. Biking, skiing, hiking, Everything. It's been dropped, thrown and everything else. It's durable. The best part is the threads, being the same as a nalgene they fit most all water pumps. A perfect with with my MSR Miniworks.Cleaning is easier than my camelbak bladder. The mouth piece works better too! Definitely a good investment.
just got back from a trip in the Pecos Wilderness, and had bought the 3L to put in my wife's pack. This had no taste and and performed well. Liked it alot better than camelback bladders. Had none of the suction issues or anything like this, but did discover that you have to bite the valve in a slightly different place than a camelback, which might be confusing some people.
Heavy duty construction. Takes a beating with no problem. The 3L fit great into my North Face Big Shot daypack as well as my Osprey Atmos 65 backpack. Got smashed in the car, tossed on granite slabs, and suffered through freezing weather without a problem. The small snap tube clip was a joke but replaced that with a chest strap magnet and no issues.
A very good way to carry water. Keep relatively chill and accessible.
Dont trust to let the water over there for more than two days... start to have a plastic taste.
I got this, packed my pack with it the night before, and when I woke up this morning it had leaked several ounces of water into the bottom of my pack. There was no pressure on it, the cap was on tight, and the hose was fully attached. It is now on its way back to backcountry. Maybe I just got a bad one, but it definitely did not live up to the good things I've heard about this bag.
The Hydromedary bag is the best on the market! Tough, light, durable, and holds the water well to fit in you pack sleeve. My problem came witht the mouth piece. It has a two-piece system and can slide easily out of the water tube. This happened on an outtin. My leg became wet because water was leaking out of it. I put it back in place, and have not had an issue again, but it is always on my mind now. I won't leave the bag in the tent over night because of it.