Further to our previous announcement that we are now stocking the awesome new Geigerrig range of pressurised hydration packs, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the two biggest hydration pack companies in the market right now: So let’s do a quick but fun comparison of Camelbak against the new hitter in town, Geigerrig…
Bike enthusiasts may come across a difficult choice when choosing their bike gear. Lately it has been debated vigorously over usage of a classic hydration pack that has been around since 1988 or an innovative newbie that is taking hype in the cycling and hiking circles. As you might have guesses its Camelbak and Geigerrig. Although they have a fairly similar pricing they are completely different when we look at their specifications.
Let’s start with the less complex list, or what they have in common. Both hydration packs feature multiple storage pockets for convenient storage of your phone, candy bars, wallet etc. They each host a waterproof iPod and mp3 player pocket with a headphone port, which comes in handy. They each have more or less similar ways of airflow management, as well as adjustable straps for various body sizes, so we cannot debate whether of the companies are considerate or not of their customers.
Putting Camelbak and Geigerrig side by side, several factors have to be considered, in order to determine what are the major pros and cons…
Every cyclist, “Spartan” racer and hiker knows that weight of a hydration backpack has a great influence in the overall experience. Camelbak is definitely one of the lightest hydration packs out there. Empty, the test model we’re looking at for the purpose of this test weighs approximately 450g. On the other hand, we have the Geigerrig pack, which comes in at a touch over 1kg. Although, with full equipment both weigh almost the same, Camelbak is so far the winner of the lightweight race.
In addition, both packs come with sets of padding, but the Geigerrig holds the cushiest ones and therefore gets a bonus point for comfort.
This is where the Geigerrig takes the throne. The hydration pack being pressurized, water flows smoothly by merely biting down to get a spray of it in your mouth or to wash yourself of. The Camelbak hosts it’s well known “sucking” system, which isn’t bad, only slightly less convenient. A few years back Geigerrig introduced a breakthrough pressurized hydration system. After you fill the water reservoir, you pump the air bladder, which makes the water come out of the patented spray valve. For an active person like a mountain biker, this makes each adventurous ride a lot easier and useful, also making it possible to hygienically share your water pack with others.
The Camelbak hydration packs are well wearing and have no reported durability or leakage issues. Geigerrig on the other hand has a tiny knack that can lead to leakage. The hose attachment is facing out, while with the Camelbak it faces the side, which makes it impossible to disconnect from the pack. Thus, the newbie has the task to solve this minor issue in one of the future improvements. In addition, Camelbak includes generous waist belts, shoulder padding, and are more stable than any other pack out there, making them reliable and sturdy.
The Geigerrig is the easiest bladder to clean: you just throw it in the dishwasher. As far as I’m concerned, that is a big advantage when compared to Camelbak. Even if you’re using a brush to clean it, it has the best access. It has a wide slide top that makes for easy cleaning, drying and refilling.
Both of the packs have amazing storage, where you can expect them to hold a couple of energy bars, a couple of tubes, tools for trailside repairs, keys, or even a windbreaker for measurements. However, Camelback distributes 25 percent of the weight to the front, which is more convenient and practical, leaving more space for little knick-knacks in the back, while the Geigerrig does have a lot of space, it’s lacking this feature, which isn’t actually a big concern, but this is where Camelbak is the winner for sure.
We have to give it up to Camelback for keeping it as simple as possible throughout the years, but also to Geigerrig, for dedicating time to something innovative and practical.
Mr Cycling World is proud to be offering the Geigerrig range on our online store. Some of the most popular products include:
- Geigerrig Rig Shuttle
- Geigerrig Rig 710
- Geigerrig Rig 700
- Geigerrig Rig 500
- Geigerrig Rig 1210
- Geigerrig Rig Cadence
To name but a few…