“Gear of the Year” From Camping Life
April 07, 2011 – Every year we see hundreds of examples of new camping equipment — from stoves to footwear and everything in between. Some new gear really wows us, while some leaves us wondering why the manufacturer even bothered, and it seems as if we’re getting more selective than ever before. It’s not that there isn’t a lot of great gear out there, but this list should be reserved for our favorites — the few things that stuck with us months after we examined or tested them. So here they are — the 2011 Camping Life Editor’s Choice Award Winners.
GEIGERRIG Hydration Packs What’s so special about this hydration pack? Well, unlike all the rest, you don’t have to suck on it to get a drink of water. The hydration bladder is pressurized through the use of a hand-pump bulb and once under pressure, all it takes is for the user to lightly bite down or squeeze on the bite-valve to release a continuous stream of cool, clean water. The Geigerrig packs come in a number of capacities, ranging from 500 to 1,600 cubic inches, and all feature 100 percent heavy-duty ballistic nylon construction, size 10 coil zippers, an iPod-ready waterproof compartment, a padded and stowable hip belt, padded shoulder straps with an ergonomic fit and integrated chest strap, compression straps, PVC-reinforced exterior side storage pockets, and internal storage compartments. The bladder has a capacity of 100 ounces, quick-release valves for the drinking tube, a pressurization tube for easy refill and bladder removal, and a slide top for easy refill, cleaning and drying. The Geigerrig hydration packs can also be ordered with an optional plug-and-play filter for use in areas where water is of unknown quality. $110 – $140, depending on pack size.
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