MSR Hydromedary Hydration Bag.
The MSR Hydromedary Hydration Bag is the ideal hydration system to pack when you hit the road for an extended outdoor trip. Fashioned from MSR red 200 Denier Cordura material, this bag is tailored with both durability and style in mind. With the new bite valve, you can drastically increase the flow rate, thereby reducing effort. In addition, a new shut-off valve has been designed to prevent leaks and spillage so that you don't waste your precious water. It comes equipped with a handle that makes carrying it around extremely simple, to make your outdoors experience completely hassle-free. It comes in three streamlined shapes and sizes that fit into almost any space, making it perfect for use when you're trying to pack light. If you're looking for a simple but reliable hydration system for your outdoor journeys, the MSR Hydromedary Hydration Bag is the solution for you!
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|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 have been through a few of the hydration bags and the things that tend to fail is the mouth piece or the bag itself. Well the MSR hydromedary bag has stood the test. It came with me to Patagonia, Chile for a month long kayak expedition and came out unscathed. It came with me on a month long mountaineering expedition also in Patagonia, Chile and survived without a problem. It has since come with me on extreme adventure races and week-long paddling expeditions in Florida on coastal waters and inland rivers. I use it to hydrate obviously, but also to cook and clean. Granted I am not negligent of my gear and don't leave a vital item like this lying on the ground to be stepped on and punctured, but I do take it on trips to places that put an essential piece of gear like this to the test in all the elements.
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~
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.
The material they used for this hydro bag is sick! i strap it to my back with paracord and never worry about it getting ripped or caught on anything and leaking. bottom line, buy it !
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.