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GEIGERRIG Hydration Engine 2L

GEIGERRIG Hydration Pack Engine 2L Water Bladder Review

The brands Platypus and CamelBak are synonymous with hydration bladder. With packs that come with bladders and easy availability at big stores like REI, it’s hard not to associate the two with being the sole makers of water bladders. Despite their small name, GEIGERRIG’s got their water storage niche figured out.

When I heard that GEIGERRIG had signed on to sponsor #HellHikeAndRaft, I was super excited! I’d eyed up the packs on the Clymb’s website, came super close to pulling the trigger, but ultimately ended up passing them up for better known brands. Little did I know how wrong I would be when I tested out the GEIGERRIG Hydration Engine.

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LifeStraw Go

I first got wind of LifeStraw when bloggers were reviewing them left and right and sharing all over social media. I didn’t really get it. As hikers, backpackers, adventurers, we’re used to carting water all across the wilderness. But what if we didn’t have guaranteed reliable water sources to slurp from? The straw is useless.

LifeStraw Go ReviewLifeStraw Go Review

I was so excited to see that LifeStraw sent some of their LifeStraw Go bottles to Idaho for #HellHikeAndRaft. Thanks to Tara’s lightning quick snatching skills, I was able to get my hands on one of these babies. I can easily say that this is my most favorite piece of gear from the trip. It’s so easy to scoop water and not have to worry about filtering it! I’m a wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-because-I’m-thirsty-and-or-hot type of person, so this was great to have for ultimate laziness.

The bottle holds 650 mL (22 fluid oz) of water for on the go use. The plastic is BPA-free, with a soft, rubbery, flip top bite valve for comfortable drinking. The filter has a lifespan of about 1000 liters of water, and filters down to about .2 microns. It will remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites. If you’re an average adventurer in the North American backcountry, this should be perfect for you. But elsewhere? You’ll need to be wary of viruses in your water.

I found that the straw had a tendency to leak if placed upside down or on its side. This wasn’t isolated to my own bottle, which is quite a bummer. The carabiner is a little flimsy, and the gate tends to pop out past the nose. Not really a deal breaker, just annoying. There’s no lid or cover for the mouth piece. If you’re traveling through a dusty area, or if you’re prone to rolling around in dirt like me, your mouthpiece is going to get dirty.

Lastly, the biggest downside, once you’re at that 1000 liter mark, there’s no way to replace your filter! Granted, the average weekend warrior will go through 1000 liters of filtered water pretty slowly, but once you’re there, you need to buy a new bottle. It’s not cost or waste efficient. But maybe by a thousand liters, they’ll have replacement ones.

Update: The folks over at Eartheasy have let me know that replacement filters are now available for $18.95! Wahoo!

All in all, I think it’s a pretty nifty product. I don’t quite have anything like it, and never thought of picking up anything like it. Now that I have it, I’m super excited about it. And as an additional bonus, for every LifeStraw product you purchase, you help deliver clean, drinkable water to kids in Africa. A product that is good and does good gets a million points in my book.

Buy through LifeStraw or Amazon for $34.95.

LifeStraw Go Review

Vapur Element Anti-Bottle

Vapur Element 1 Liter Review

I was lucky enough to score big time in the first ever #YonderGames with a Vapur Element bottle!

I’ve never really understood the appeal of these “anti-bottles”. But now I get it.

My Vapur Element holds 1L of water. The fact that it’s clear makes you hyper-aware of just how much water you are drinking. You can see every ounce disappear into your body, and you’re watching the plastic shrink as it happens!

Are you a fan of having water handy at all times? The Element is inconspicuous, lightweight and easy to carry. It’s sleeker and less clunky than a bottle. The carabiner makes transportation of this baby incredibly easy. It’s great for short walks and hikes where you don’t want the full weight of a backpack.

Vapur Element 1 Liter Review

Now the cons… This bottle has a too hard, too soft plastic conundrum. If you only have one hand available, this thing is darn hard to use. It’s difficult to open, and difficult to pour into your mouth when full. This is because the plastic is pliable for packability. But on the other hand, it’s difficult to fill this up all the way. Filling the bottle up with water doesn’t fully expand certain sections of it, so you end up coming up a bit short of a liter. If you need to carry exactly 1L of water of you at all times, this might be a deal breaker.

If you’re willing to sacrifice one-handed ease of use for extreme portability and lack of weight, this bottle is for you. Buy through Amazon, Vapur or http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-7165177-10456937?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rei.com%2Fmp%2Fcj%2Fproduct%2F862538%3Fmr%3AtrackingCode%3DDBA6AB1F-EAE0-E211-A755-BC305BF82162%26mr%3AreferralID%3DNA&cjsku=862538” target=”_top”>REI for $12.99.

Edit 03/12/2015: Almost a year later my Vapur bottle cracked! I emailed customer service some photos of the bottle and they got me another one lickety split. I am very pleased.

Vapur Element 1 Liter Review