Jump to content

Hydration Packs/harnesses - What Do You Use?

Recommended Posts

For me a hydration pack is essential, even during the winter months when it is cooler out, plus I like having a bit of extra storage for lunch, phone, radios, etc since the truck is usually too far to hike back to for water and food. They also stay on me better than that Minelab harness. For the past few years I've used a Camelback MULE and a bungee for the GPX and liked it but I always wished it had front pockets on the arm straps so I could access things without removing the pack. I just got an Ultimate Direction Wasp to try out this year but now that I've received it, it seems a bit smaller than the Camelback and potentially a bit more flimsy. I detect 5+ days a week so I'm hoping it stands up to abuse, especially since the GPZ is even heavier now.


Just curious what other people use? Anyone have a good hydration pack that is strong enough to support a GPX/GPZ and has easy access storage pockets on the front straps? Is there a better solution out there?

Link to post
Share on other sites

Never used one of these hydration packs,the main reason we dont have any desert enviroment in the UK,someone did buy one just to keep a drink on hand during the hot summer,but as i understand it you do have to keep the pipe work ultra clean and sterilize it often other wise bacteria can take hold.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all,


I have a Camelbak 100 oz camo pack now, in which I have replaced the original big mouth bladder with a 100 oz./3 liter bladder, made by Geigerrig,   http://www.geigerrig.com/


The bladder is of very good quality, easy to turn inside out to clean and dry, has a great warranty, and best of all, it is made in the U.S.A.


On the above Geigerrig.com website, you will likely find the pack and bladder you are looking for.


The very BEST thing about this bladder, is that it is inflated by a small squeeze bulb, and that internal pressure forces the water out via a small valve that is operated by your free hand.  The interesting thing about this concept, is, you don't suck on anything, it is squirted into your mouth, or give your dog a drink, or spray yourself for a welcome cooling off in the warm weather.  I found mine at a Costco showing, and the bladder can be purchased by itself for about $49.00, if you already have a pack that meets your specifications.  Also on this website, there are accessories for the bladder, as well as inline filters you can buy for those places with a questionable water supply. 


Check it out.  I really have enjoyed the bladder I bought, have used it out in the field.  Very handy if you are a bicycle rider or what, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at this great technology!



  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I second the Geigerrig. I currently use their 1600 tactical pack with 100oz bladder. It fits my SDC perfectly and you can bungee from the strap.  Best place I have found to buy is ThinkGeek.com. They have it for almost half off right now.




Hopefully that link works


  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

You guys get so fancy, whats wrong with the good old canteen?




And my prefered drink



Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been wearing the Camelbaks ever since they first came out. All others in my opinion are nothing but imitators. I've got several packs with some being almost 20 years old now. They all still get used depending upon what the situations are. The one I find that gets the most use now since I've been detecting, is the 100 oz "Charge". All it has is the "bulletproof" insulated pack with the bladder, and a storage pocket for snacks and what not. That's all I need, since I carry everything else on my Rokon.


Here's a few tips I learned over the years from using the Camelbaks out here in the AZ desert. If you want your water (or in my case tea) to stay cold all day long, pre-fill the bladder the night before you head out and put it in your refrigerator. In addition to that, don't use ice cubes in your bladder, they melt too fast. When you put your bladder in the refrigerator for the night, throw a couple bottles of water in the freezer. When you take them out in the morning, remove the plastic from the frozen bottles and put the frozen chunks in your bladder. On the 100 oz bladder there is a divider in the middle. The frozen ice chunks from the bottles fit perfect in each side of the divider.


Cleaning the bladder... fire up your tea kettle, run some hot water from the faucet inside the bladder and rinse it out real good. Then fill with half hot water from your tea kettle and half hot water from your faucet, add a tablespoon of bleach and swish it around real good. Make sure you run the super hot water through your bite valve hose and rinse it out real good also. Rinse and repeat one more time for good measure. After rinsing, stuff some paper towels in each side of the bladder, then hang upside down to let it fully drain and dry out. Been using this method for almost 20 years now and my bladders still look brand new and they've never ever had a bad taste.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Camel pack rules.  As to front pockets I wear a jacket with cargo pouches or add a fanny pack depending on the weather.  How much you pack is up to your situation but I keep it light.  I don't see the added weight of the gpz to be a problem.  My problem is where to carry my pick.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I remember thirty some years ago spent a lot of time in the desert with my dad and he carried the desert water bags.

They where all ways damp and cool and the water was refreshing. Nothing worse that 120 degree water to drink.


I would hang a couple of these on that Rokon.




  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites



You just jogged my memory a bit...I have a Desert water bag somewhere, can't imagine anyone stealing the thing. 


Dad kept one hung from the radiator cap on the front of his old car, so it would keep the radiator a little cooler so's it wouldn't boil over...the real older ones like you show here, have the cork, the newer ones have a cap with a spring loaded affair to keep the cap in place.


Sorry jasong, to have been a part of getting your thread off on a tangent!



Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Similar Content

    • By Doc
      It's a made up name which is a mash up of the words Quick, Bungee and Double (double adjustment point).  It describes another innovative product from Doc that makes detecting more enjoyable and helps save your arm, shoulder neck and back from undue stress.  Just add your own backpack or Hydration pack.

      This amazing Bungee Support System provides absolutely instantaneous adjustment so your detector is always at the proper height off the ground, even when you are in mid-swing.

      We use super strong Marine Grade bungee that is stronger than 3/8ths inch bungee that is commonly used for tie-downs.
    • By zortan
      Could someone who has one of these please tell me how long the bungee is?
      I’m wanting to find a bungee in the states that has enough length to attach it to the lower shaft of the GPZ 7000.  I’ve seen that this is how some of the ozzies are holding up the 19” coil and would like to try this.
      Any ideas?
      Thanks guys!
    • By billdean
      I have been searching this site as well as others for one simple question and can't seem to find the answer. Will this harness fit fat guys. I mean I am 5'11 and 275 pounds. Will the hip straps adjust enough for us bigger guys? I would like to buy one as my arm has been taken a beating.
    • By DDancer
      Its a silly question but I am curious to know how many use a bungee or other support system while out bush or even in a park?
      I use just a standard harness and bungee pretty exclusively as it reduces wear and tear on my person   The advent of the Zed kinda makes it imperative to me now.   I gain extra control of my coil, regardless of the machine, and I don't have to worry about dropping it to take a break~ or that someone will try to grab and run with it. 
      Silly question but I'm curious to ask.
    • By fredmason
      I tried a couple of methods to balance and hang the detector from my harness and hipstick. These pics show clearly how I did it. Attaching the bottom of Doc's bungy on the right and then bringing the top connector through a d-ring on the left does a few things. This attachment helps eleviate some of the twist that the detector wants to do, it keeps the bungy in line for maximum lift and control, you can turn the detector loose and it won't fall to the ground and it makes swinging the detector very easy on worn-out wrists and elbows. Also, it keeps the bungy up and away from my fairly large hands...comfort and convenience thanks to the Hip-stick, Doc's Bungy and a little modification by me...

    • By normmcq
      Not ever been a user of a heavy detector, I didn't have to use any support system but wished I had when using a large coil. Now with the ZED I can't detect with out a bungee being attached to a harness or a Hip Stick. Even a bungee has a learning curve. The habit that I got into was to disconnect it from the machine, as it was always out of the way and I could grab the eye and attach it to the detector with out looking. One problem, I didn't always get the right end, then reversing it and readjusting it was taking away from detecting time. My cure, take some electrical tape and close the adjusting end of the bungee.                                                                                  Norm
  • Create New...