Geigerrig 3L Hydration Engine
“Hydration pack with everything…
The only thing it doesn’t do is carry my kid for me.”
Ever since baby #2, I’ve been really nervous about taking both kids hiking with both dogs. 2 kids + 2 dogs = disaster. I’m outnumbered. But when I don’t get the dogs out hiking, they tend to take revenge by chewing expensive things.
I needed to get back in the outdoors, and testing out Aquamira’s Geigerrig Hydration Engine water pack was the best reason.
The first thing I noticed is this is a surprisingly high tech water filtration pack. It has a power pump so that you can drink and spray water out while on the go. I didn’t even know that was possible. My 4-year-old has finally learned how to drink from one of these, just in time so there’s no need for him to bite and suck. I pumped it about 25 times for the first go, and it sprayed up to 5 feet in distance.
It was also really nice with dogs. In the past, I would have needed to take the water pack out of my hiking gear and opened it up to give the dogs a drink (if there weren’t any streams nearby). This was 10X easier.
It was also great for spraying off the dogs’ paws before they muddied up my SUV.
Now, Aquamira makes their own hydration backpacks that the hydration engine fits in easily, but I wanted to know how well the pump & pack fit with other hiking backpacks.
I tested the Hydration Engine by using it first with one of my husband’s hiking backpacks that has room for a water pouch. It was easy to place inside and there was room for both the drinking cord and power pump cord to be on each side on the hiking back pack’s straps.
Next, I wanted to know if it worked with the Deuter kid carrier I use. I’ve tried putting a water pouch in there before, but it’s a hassle to get inside the backpack and get the drinking tube threaded to the outside.
The Geigerrig Hydration Engine has 2 tubes: the drinking tube and the one with the power pump attached. This wasn’t difficult to do. It took me a couple minutes to thread each tube through the backpack.
I’m a really forgetful person. I don’t always remember to fill the water pack before I go and I’ve run out of water a few times. The beauty of the Aquamira hydration engine, is that if I run out of water, it’s filtered. I can fill up the pouch with water from local streams, which is a huge benefit with a thirsty kid in tow.
But learn from me. I was explaining to my husband how easy it was to hook up the filter, when he pointed out I hadn’t hooked up the actual filter, just what holds the filter. You need to put an actual filter inside, or you’re not filtering your water. My husband got a laugh out of that at least…
“After sealing the water pack, I not only turned it upside down, I shook it around. Nothing spilled. For good measure, I gave it to my 4-year-old to play with for 30 minutes. He knocked over a cup of apple juice with it, so that I had to clean up. But no water leaked out of the pouch. I would have preferred cleaning up the water.”Lana Medina
I’ve never before tried to put a water pack in a dishwasher. I think I always assumed that since it’s filled with water, why does it need to be washed? But we actually live in an area of Utah where the water is hard – aka, mineral heavy. Even the dishwasher needs to get scrubbed every few months or the minerals build up along the sides and block something in the dishwasher (I don’t actually know what – I just know my husband has to clean it every few months or the dishwasher leaks).
And because of that mineral build up, it’s really useful to be able to put this pack in a dishwasher to clean. You just pull the water pack inside out and set inside the dishwasher.
There is none. As you can see in the video, after sealing the water pack, I not only turned it upside down, I shook it around. Nothing spilled. For good measure, I gave it to my 4-year-old to play with for 30 minutes. He knocked over a cup of apple juice with it, so that I had to clean up. But no water leaked out of the pouch. I would have preferred cleaning up the water.
I kind of think of water bags, hiking backpacks, and anything remotely outdoorsy as my husband’s territory. I let him deal with it. But he’s working full time while in nursing school and has been slammed, so I gave it a try. And except for the water filter confusion – which I swear would only happen to someone like me – it was easy to set up.
- Easy to use and compatible with other hiking backpacks.
- Filtered and safe to drink
- Water for you (and dogs) on the go.
This hydration engine pack is a winner!