As you might know, I was very lucky to be asked to go on an amazing trip to Idaho following the Outdoor Retailer Show at the end of January. This trip was sponsored by Geigerrig and was amazing, but this post is not about that trip. I did finally get to meet some amazing fellow bloggers who did sweet write-ups, so I figured why not share those instead of trying to improve upon what is already fantastic Check out the trip reports from my friends Erika, Heather, and Tim.
This post is, however, about the sweet hydration pack they sent me in the following days. I was stoked when I came home one day to find the RIG 1210 waiting for me. At first sight, I loved the coloring as I have apparently become a huge fan of this bright lime green color (as can be determined by numerous pictures from this winter!).
I had to do some recon to figure out exactly how to use the hydration system. I knew that Geigerrig’s motto was “NEVER SUCK AGAIN” but still didn’t know how to force the water out. Well I soon discovered that it was so easy a child could do it. No, really!! My pack has now gotten frequent use by a 4 year-old and a 7 year-old!
After using this pack for several hikes, days fishing at the lake, and a camping trip, I can finally write a full review of the pack.
The Awesome: I really think that the best aspect of this pack is its uniqueness in that you literally pump the bladder full of air to propel the water out of the mouthpiece when you bite on it. I have my fair share of hydration packs and this one is a snap for anyone to use, no matter age. This beautiful 4 year-old loves drinking from it and pumps it up herself
The Not so Awesome: I am not sure why but the waist belt sits funny on my waist. The straps rub my hip bones. While I was given the advice of simply gaining a few more pounds (NO THANK YOU!!), I have found that I have to constantly readjust the belt so as to avoid irritation on my hips. I am not sure whether or not a different pack from Geigerrig would sit better on my frame. Also, I was gifted this pack by the company for review, but this pack runs for well over $100; that is a bit steep for my blood!
Overall assessment: I love the technology engineered by Geigerrig! I definitely suggest trying one on before spending the high dollar amount on this, or any, pack to ensure it fits you right.