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2010

Geigerrig RIG 700 Hydration Pack review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Geigerrig RIG 700images/GeigerrigWhen David Bowie and Queen penned "Under Pressure" in 1981, the song about the stresses everyday people face could be considered the anthem to Geigerrig's innovative hydration pack line.

The lyrics from the 1981 jam portray the negative affect of pressure. Geigerrig has used air pressure as a benefit and their packs' hydration bladders take a leap forward in product design. Air pressure is used to allow a constant flow of water when you squeeze down on the mouthpiece. You don't need to mindlessly suck on the mouthpiece to kick start the flow of water into your mouth.

The Geigerrig RIG 700 Hydration Pack is one of the packs that incorporate the company's hydration engine. The RIG 700 is designed with ballistic rip stop nylon. Two exterior back panel pockets allow for storage. One is for an MP3 and features a head set cord loop and a waterproof zipper.

The exterior of the RIG 700 also offers chest and removable hip straps, two compression straps and a daisy chain. The back panel is ventilated by patterned pads that allow air flow.

The pack carries smoothly on your back. And the adjustable harness is comfortable around your shoulders. The RIG 700 is top loading and provides just enough storage for clothing for inclement weather, snacks, and a first aid kit.

The highlight of the Geigerrig RIG 700 is the hydration bladder which is called the Ogwa hydration engine. Hydrapak provides the design and manufacturing of the hydration reservoir which has two chambers. One is for filling with water and the other is designated for pressurization.

The Ogwa is pressurized from a squeezable bulb that pushes air through PVC tubing into the hydration reservoir. The bulb is removable to quickly depressurize the hydration reservoir and has a fine tuning valve to release air too.

A separate PVC tube connects at the bottom of the hydration reservoir. The pressurized chamber on the hydration reservoir pushes water through the drinking tube to the bite valve. The bite valve has on/off settings.

With the bite valve position set to 'on', chomp down on the bite valve and the refreshing taste of water will flow without any mind-numbing sucking needed.

Geigerrig touts the durability of the hydration reservoir on their hydration engines as durable. And they were not lying. You can stomp on the Hydrapak-designed hydration reservoir without puncturing or damaging it. Ogwa can be turned inside-out and washed in the dishwasher.

Geigerrig LogoThe advance Geigerrig has designed in their hydration engine makes the RIG 700 highly recommended for day tripping for hikes or rides. A suggestion for Geigerrig's next innovations is to create a pack with a hydration reservoir that rest on your hips opposed to your mid and lower back.

The Geigerrig RIG 700 Hydration Pack has a suggested retail price of $130.


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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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