Below please find my Geigerrig LTR.
Long Term Report
I have used the Geigerrig about ten times as a running pack and once
mountain biking since my Field Report. I remain pleased with it's
performance. In addition to back country use, the Geigerrig has become my
primary school bag with the hydration system removed. To that end I have
worn it extensively. Until very recently Southwest Colorado was
unseasonably dry and unfortunately I wasn't able to use the pack Nordic
Skiing as I had hoped. Despite the drought we had plenty of cold, so I did
get to test the Geigerrig in below-freezing temperatures. I would keep the
nozzle tucked in my armpit (with the bite valve closed) and had no problems
with the hose or bite valve freezing.
As in the Field Report all of my runs, as well as the bike ride, were in
the high-desert hills at Hartman Rocks Recreation Area outside Gunnison,
Colorado. It is uncharacteristic for Hartman's to be open at this time of
year, but due to the weather I was able to run there throughout the early
winter. There isn't much flat trail at Hartman's so I grew to appreciate
the pressurized hydration I was afforded by the Geigerrig. With traditional
hydration packs I've used drinking on the uphill sections was a definite
hindrance. The spray stream of the Rig 700 lets me wet my mouth and maybe
drink a small amount without breaking my stride or breathing rhythm.
I typically take many breaks to enjoy the scenery so I would typically
carry a down jacket out to ward off a chill. I would bring maybe a small
snack � a bar or two � and my keys. With a full hydration bladder I still
had room for extra layers if I had desired them.
Throughout the test period I used the Geigerrig with only unflavored water.
I was diligent about emptying and taking apart the hydration pack to dry
after uses and I have yet to encounter any unpleasant odors.
If pressed to find some flaw in the Geigerrig I would point to the chest
buckle. While trying to buckle it single-handedly it jammed on rare
occasion. I think it has to be inserted on a set track; inserted at an
angle it will not buckle properly. As I said, this only happened a few
times throughout the test; I mention it mainly for lack of other flaws.
As far as durability and innovation I could not be more pleased with the
Rig 700. It is a tough piece of gear with some remarkable thought put into
I began this test with a high opinion of the Geigerrig and time has proven
it accurate. The rig is durable, well engineered, and sleek looking. I
would certainly recommend it to a friend.
I'd like to thank BGT and Geigerrig for the opportunity to test this
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