You’ve prob­a­bly sur­mised from our Face­book and Twit­ter posts that we’re hav­ing our first ever GEIGERRIG brand event this week, and that we’re very much look­ing for­ward to it. GEIGERRIG has made some inno­v­a­tive changes in the way hydra­tion sys­tems function.

Pri­or to mak­ing any offer to you, we here at The Clymb want­ed to test the gear for our­selves to see if it fit its Gear Of The Year billing by Camp­ing Life Mag­a­zine and the dec­la­ra­tion by Dan Lar­son of Backpacker.com that  “Bot­tom line, this is the best hydra­tion sys­tem I’ve found.” And, after some thor­ough test­ing of a GEIGERRIG Bal­lis­tic RIG 500 pack, we can tell you that there are gen­uine rea­sons why these GEIGERRIG Hydra­tion Packs are tak­ing the hydra­tion mar­ket by storm, and why we agree that they are the best hydra­tion sys­tems avail­able today —  an endorse­ment that we make whole heart­ed­ly and with­out any reservation.

To give you a sneak peek into what makes these hydra­tion sys­tems unique, we spoke with GEIGER­RIG’s Vice Pres­i­dent of Oper­a­tions, Bob Geiger.

The Clymb: A com­mon request of hydra­tion packs is that they do more than just hydrate. How does GEIGERRIG answer that request?

Bob Geiger: Great ques­tion.  Because you have to suck the water out of a tra­di­tion­al hydra­tion pack, the water is only acces­si­ble for drink­ing by the per­son car­ry­ing the water.  That is, of course, unless every­one wants to suck on the wrap their sweaty, salty lips around the same bite valve and for suck­ing water. With the patent­ed spray action of a GEIGERRIG, the water effort­less­ly sprays out pro­vid­ing water, on demand, for clean­ing out a wound, hydrat­ing your dog, shar­ing with a friend, clean­ing your gear and spray­ing the sweat off of your face and body. With a GEIGERRIG, the water is con­ve­nient­ly avail­able for any use that you need or desire…  includ­ing pump­ing water through a plug-and-play, in-line water fil­ter for refill­ing in rivers, streams, lakes or ponds.

TC: There’s been some con­cern that pres­sur­ized packs mean less room for any­thing else you might need to car­ry. Need this be a con­cern with a GEIGERRIG?

BG: Not so.  You sim­ply load your hydra­tion engine into the back of your pack and then load all of the gear that you are plan­ning to car­ry. Once your gear is loaded, then you pres­sur­ize the sys­tem, and the blad­der pres­sur­izes around what­ev­er con­tents you have in your pack. The more gear you’ve loaded into your pack, the less pumps nec­es­sary to achieve your desired lev­el of patent­ed spray from your GEIGERRIG.

TC: How does GEIGERRIG address some of the hygiene con­cerns when it comes to using hydra­tion sys­tems, par­tic­u­lar­ly shar­ing with others?

BG: Most often, we enjoy out­door activ­i­ty with friends and fam­i­ly.  Hav­ing the abil­i­ty to share water with­out hav­ing to swap bits of gra­nola bar and oth­er nas­ti­ness deposit­ed on the end of your bite valve is essen­tial.  The patent­ed spray action enables your GEIGERRIG to pro­vide cool, clean, refresh­ing water and spray to you, your friends and your fam­i­ly. It also is great for pro­vid­ing water to oth­ers who you may encounter along the trail who could use a lit­tle assis­tance and aid. Its always good to be able to hygien­i­cal­ly ren­der aid and to help others.

TC: What are some things GEIGERRIG has done to make hydra­tion pack clean­ing and main­te­nance easier?

BG: We have ensured that our patent­ed, game-chang­ing hydra­tion engines have a slide top that pro­vide a wide mouth open­ing for easy clean­ing and dry­ing.  In fact, the GEIGERRIG Hydra­tion Engine can be eas­i­ly turned inside out and cleaned in the top shelf of the dish­wash­er.  Just reach­ing inside, grab the bot­tom of the blad­der and pull it inside out.  Drop it in the dish­wash­er, and your blad­der is clean and ready for its next use.  So even if you left your hydra­tion blad­der in the car or the garage for a few weeks, and it has fun­gus and growth grow­ing in it, all you need to do is put it in the dish­wash­er, and off you go.

TC: What kind of test­ing process do you use?

BG: There are all kinds of lab tests and sci­en­tif­ic meth­ods used to test the strength, dura­bil­i­ty, and water tight­ness of the GEIGERRIG Hydra­tion Engine.  How­ev­er, our favorite tests are the field tests where we det­o­nate bombs placed in our packs to test the dura­bil­i­ty of our hydra­tion blad­ders and throw packs out of trucks at 100 mph to test for dura­bil­i­ty and toughness.

Check out GEIGER­RIG’s con­tained bomb test:

And this 100mph rough asphalt impact test (looked like a lot of fun!):

Our GEIGERRIG event begins tomor­row at 9am PST. Get there ear­ly! And check out our Face­book and Twit­ter pages for more pho­tos, videos and info on GEIGERRIG today.