Here is my LTR for the GEIGERRIG 700. HTML can be found here:
Long Term Report: January 29, 2012
During the final testing phase I was able to get an additional two nights
worth of testing and 4 day hikes. All of these hikes were in the Western
Kentucky area, with most being in the Land Between the Lakes recreational
area. All elevation was near the 500 ft (150 m) mark. Due to the mild, yet
still cold, winters I was only able to test this equipment on warm weather
days and nights with no precipitation.
I've continued to be pleased with the GEIGERRIG Rig 700 Ballistic Hydration
pack. Additional use has shown that the pack really does stay where I want
it with little shifting in any direction. While I've been able to use this
on overnight trips, it was mainly used as a water bladder and not nearly as
much as a pack. I needed entirely too much equipment to stay safe and warm
to be able to use only the Rig 700 without an additional pack. I feel that
the Rig 700 will see a lot more use as a three season pack than it ever will
during the winter months.
All material remains intact. No additional scratching or scuffs can be
found, and it still has not needed to be washed yet. The buckles continue to
remain intact and functional as do all zippers and pulls. The bladder is
still pliable with no cracking areas, and it is still intact with all the
continued use it has received. In short, all materials used are in nearly
the same condition as when the pack arrived at my door.
My only complaint continues to be the hassle that is involved with filling
the pack, especially on the trail. Having to remove the bladder completely
from the pack to fill it is really a pain. While I had discussed the option
of adding a quick coupling to the hose tube so as to back feed through the
inline filter, I'm not so sure this would be the best option. I would much
rather see the manufacturer include a quick coupling wye that would allow
the bladder to be filled from the dirty side of the system. That being said,
the pack really is a pretty ingenious design and one that serves its purpose
I'd like to thank BackpackGearTest.org and GEIGERRIG for allowing me to
participate in testing the Rig 700 Ballistic Hydration pack.