MSR - Hydromedary Hydration Bags (Fall 2016)
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Technical specifications & features
|Weight||5.8 oz. - 6.2 oz.|
|Mfg Sku/Part Number||57051|
|Other Features||Made from lightweight but incredibly tough 200-denier nylon
Lined with food-grade polyurethane, the Hydromedary bags are the strongest hydration system available
The high-capacity, 40-inch drinking tube will stay soft and flexible even in freezing temperatures
MSR Bullet Bite Valve prevents leaking
360° swivel elbow prevents kinked hoses and impaired water flow
New handle makes filling and carrying easier than ever
- The best got better
I have had a Dromedary bladder (4L) for almost 10 years or so. I have had it so long the opening plastic is starting to yellow. I have used and abused my Dromedary for so long now and it is still running strong. My only gripe was I found the 4 liter size too big for my adventures since I always have water on the trails I like. Also, the first generation bite valve finally started to leak after being repeatedly frozen and thawed on countless snowshoeing hikes. With a recent trip approaching I decided to upgrade the old bladder with a new one.
I wanted a smaller bladder in the 2L size range. I am a loyal customer when something is made as well as these bladders. Made in the USA, bombproof, and a proven track record. The Hydromedary bladder was an easy choice. I used it on a 16 mile round trip in Colorado's high country this past weekend and it worked perfectly.
The Pro's: It is bombproof, I actually used it as a pillow under my sleeping pad since I knew it wouldn't leak. It fit in my pack really well, it is a slim design and dropped into my packs bladder pouch perfectly. The new bite valve has a "shut off" valve built into it for a positive lock on the bite valve. I found this useful in the car ride up and in the tent, I knew it wouldn't accidentally open. The tube was plenty long for my pack. One thing I love is this bladder has no plastic taste to it.. Perfection.
I would only gripe about a few things, and they are all nit-picky things... like, the bite valve is a little bulky to route through my packs bladder tube port, and the flow on the bite valve isn't nearly as good as some other bladders I have had. The trade off is it is absolutely like a vault when it comes to leaking so I am cool with it. Also, I added a small length of cord to make a handle between the grommets this aided in carrying it to and from the lake.
I love this thing, it's expensive, but the price reflects the quality and I would certainly recommend it to a friend. In fact, on this trip we had a noob who's bladders tube kept kinking on him. He asked what kind I had and I recommended he drop the coin on this one and never look back. Keep it up MSR, and I'll keep buying your stuff!
Questions & Answers
If you're using the MSR Hyperflow Microfilter, you will need the accessory "Quick Connect Bottle Adapter" to connect you Hydromedary Bag directly to the filter.
If you're using the MSR SweetWater Microfilter, you will need the accessory "Universal Bottle Adapter + Cleanside Cover" for a direct connection. I'll include the links to those products below. Thanks!
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