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Source Outdoors Widepack Hydration Reservoir System (Transparent Blue, 3-Litres )
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Source Widepac 3L Hydration Reservoir System. Liquid Capacity 100 oz. (3L)Drinking System. 16.73”L X 8.46”W Empty weight: .275 lbs. High performance 3L hydration reservoir system. Exclusive 3 layer coextruded Polyethylene construction with taste-free, maintenance-free Glass-Like liner. Integrated Grunge-Guard antimicrobial. Patented leakproof slide wide opening for easy cleaning, draining, ice insertion. Self sealing SQC quick disconnect hose is detachable from filled reservoirs with no leakage. Exclusive Helix bite valve delivers high flow with minimal bite pressure. Omnidirectional. Integrated twist shut-off. Protective Dirt Shield valve cover.
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- ASIN: B00ZR8JK92
- Item model number: 2060220215-PARENT
SOURCE >> CAMELBAK
157 people found this helpful.
USAF issued me a Source hydration pack during training and at first I thought it was the result of some kind of shady DoD contract or something since I’d never heard of Source. After a few years of hard use in various climates, I came to appreciate the quality. Maintenance was minimal, taste was excellence, and durability was far beyond other similar products. The parts that finally broke were the string attached to filling cap (which is corrected by this new design), and the bite valve (also different on this one). To be fair, both wore out from overuse (sometimes mild abuse).
Survived a GoRuck Challenge
62 people found this helpful.
For those not familiar w/ a GoRuck, it’s a looong physical/mental challenge put on by Special Ops members. Our particular team went through 12 grueling hours and about 20 miles of PT, running, lifting and getting wet. This Source hydration passed the test w/ flying colors. Rolling around on concrete, the hard black plastic protecting the bite valve held its own. Other people’s bite valves were cracking and started to leak after rolling on the concrete. Mine stayed in tact the entire 12 hours and didn’t get dirty. As far as the bladder itself, incredible. Our challenge required us to haul 6 bricks in our rucks for the duration of the challenge. Basically, the hydration bladder was in a ruck w/ bricks while I rolled around on it doing flutter kicks, ran, jumped, slung my ruck around, threw it on the ground and everything in between. The bladder didn’t leak a single drop. If this hydration system handled a GoRuck, it’ll handle whatever you’re going to put it through.
Durable and nice design
I was so pleased with the first Source hydration bladder that I purchased, that I did not hesitate to buy a second for another pack. The material is very durable, the hose connection is solid, and the fold over seal doesn’t leak. The flavor of the water directly from the bladder is good, but water that sits in the hose does take on a nasty flavor, despite several flushings. Cleaning and drying the bladder is a breeze!
Great hydration pack
Great hydration pack! So easy to clean and so easy to fill. The first time I used it, there was a little bit of a plastic-y taste, mainly from the hose, but we flushed it out and now it’s perfect. Have used it multiple times, and it is so durable. No mildew or build up left in it, which may be because we clean it and then wipe dry with paper towels before we store them.
Even better than they used to be.
I bought this for my girlfriend because I really liked the one I had from ~10 years ago. Wow have they improved. The ability to close the valve completely is a really nice upgrade over their old version, and the detatchable hose may (?) help prevent mildew. In any case, I’ve never seen a bladder I like more.
Beats Camelbak every day of the week
38 people found this helpful.
I used Camelbaks for years in the military and had mixed results – some worked fine, alot of them leaked, and accessibility was always a problem. I started using Source bladders my last year in and was impressed by their quality – much easier to clean, and the antimicrobial interiors were clearly superior to the Camelbak ones. So when I got out of the military and started doing civilian outdoors activities it was a no brainer as to what I would use for hydration.
Widepac hydration bladder.
Best water bag yet! Wide opening for ice or cleaning, inside surface repels mold and crud, and very secure hose and bite valve. A highly-rated competitor product leaked all in my pack on the way up Whitney last year. Three training day hikes and no problems at all!
Good product, almost impossible to dry
This is a nice system, however, it’s almost impossible to completely dry, which I find unhygienic. If you don’t have a problem with that, you will be very happy with this product.
works as it should
One person found this helpful.
so far loving it. Used it while fishing a few times
It feels like a quality product as soon as you examine it.
I went with the standard 2L version. I look forward to using it for a long time to come. This bladder looks well made.