Q. I need to know what you think about Gerber’s Liquifusion Hydration line, specifically the Military Reserve Hydration Pack. I admire the size of the reservoir and the large Molle grid. I read that it is made here in the U.S. and it seems like the perfect summer camp daypack once I attach some Maxpedition pouches. All I need to know is your opinion on initial quality and your take on its usefulness for my chosen application.
–Thirsty Sims, Lubbock, Tex.
A. Hey there, Thirsty. First things first, I have indeed tried Gerber’s Liquifusion hydration bladders before, and they work fine. I like that they’re made of a semi-rigid plastic, the same sort of stuff used to make gallon milk jugs. The bladder keeps its shape whether it’s empty or full, so it’s easier to refill. And it conforms to the shape of your back so it won’t slosh around in your pack so much. Finally, the whole rig is dishwasher safe so it’s a bit simpler to clean than Camelbak-style bladders.
But as for using that specific Military Reserve Hydration Pack as a daypack, I’d say: nah, you could do better. That pack is small and designed more for cycling or simply to carry your water. You could add Maxpedition pouches but I think your best choice would be to just buy the bladder (I saw it online for about $20) and then slip it inside a larger pack that would be much better suited as a summer camp daypack.
Finally, I’ve been told by a Gerber representative that they’ve discontinued their hydration line. It’s not a big deal but that would explain why you’ve found that pack priced so low (about $45 online). Hope that helps!