I bought my first Source Hydration pack approx 4 years ago. Used it on many hikes and especially motorbike rides ranging in length from 1 days to 6 months(several of 2-3 months) always had good use from the product until last year. Towards the end of our 6 months m/c trip thru Europe problems developed. The tube with the valve started to block up and after stripping the whole thing down found the problem was a light brown film blocking the tube and valve, I have no idea where this came from , because I am very fastidious about the quality of the water going in. I suspect it MAY be part of the antibacterial treatment of the plastic the bags are made from. Anyway I have replaced the bag with a new one (functioning well) and will see how long this one will last. I suppose 4 years of frequent use is not bad!
Reply by SOURCE Thank you for your testimony! Four years of frequent use is not bad, we would agree - and we are happy to hear you replaced it with a new Widepac. Not sure exactly about the source of what you're describing. But we do recommend to use our Tube Brush Kit and to clean the valve (disassemble it and clean the parts) after extended use of the system, and before storing it for longer period of time. See our Care & Use sheets available for download for more detail. Enjoy the outdoors with SOURCE!
I already bought my 2nd pair of Gobi Women Sandals. After many years of trekking in desert and mountains I needed new ones. I use them primarily for hikes in dune landscapes and over hamadas of Sahara.
I have had problems mostly with freezing bite valve, but with storm valve the valve doesn't freeze anymore. The tube is lightly insulated and probably would freeze, but I don't have this problem, as I always blow the tube empty after drinking.
Reply by SOURCE Thank you for your testimony. Sounds like you are a very expert Hydration System user in the freezing cold. Enjoy the outdoors with SOURCE, in summer AND winter!
Sac de bonne qualité, semble robuste et look sympa, mais manque un peu de rangement pour le vtt (outils, chambres). Ne bouge pas une fois ajusté. Bon produit dans l'ensemble.
Reply by SOURCE Thank you for the feedback, happy the pack sits firm and doesn't move.
Regarding your criticism: It is definitely one of our purest hydration packs and not meant for storing gear - we have other packs in our line that would suit you better if you need to store tools and spare parts for MTB riding.
The tube failed miserably in -9'C. After 30min whole content of the tube was frozen. Prior to that, the mouth piece became unusable - this is the first piece that got froze. When trying to open it, the whole mouth piece spins around and does not comply. If enough force is applied, the black, big piece pops out and water flows constantly + all your clothes get wet.
I'm using the summer kit for several years now and i'm very happy with it. The winter one - i'll be frank, i'm not sure anyone ever tested it...
Reply by SOURCE Thank you for your honest review & feedback: we don't understand what happened with the valve. The Storm valve is a highly reliable and well tested push-pull valve. Please contact our Customer Service if you feel the product did not live up to its task.
As a tip: in extremely low temperatures, we recommend to 'empty' the drinking tube and push the water back into the bladder by blowing a bit of air into the mouthpiece.
I Love this bag! In the past and for years I've always had another brand of bag for hiking/biking/motorcycling. So I was careful when selecting a new brand. The hydration bag/nozzle stays fresh/clean and is such a breeze. The ease of the zippers/clasps and placement of pockets is very convenient also snug when ascending/descending. Its a comfortable, convenient, sturdy bag. I am glad I have switched. Thank you SOURCE for thinking of us, outdoors !!! Ti R
Everything about this bladder is the best. The slot for the support strap is big enough and rugged enough not to break. The cover over the mouthpiece has a great retaining string. The mouthpiece is easy to use and has a built in valve on it. The hose and hose connection are rugged and work great. The bladder is easy to clean... Perfect!
The kit came quite quickly with everything included that I needed. The instructions for installation were clear. I haven't used it yet but it looks like it will work well for the function it is intended for. I will try using it in summer as well. I'm not sure if it will heat up the water because of the black tube or if the insulation will offset that.
I recently replaced my old (non Source) hydration pack with a new Source Widepac hydration pack. From its first use it’s been brilliant. Easy to fill especially with the unique removable tube facility. The robust bite valve stops any accidental leakage and the wide opening top makes for easy cleaning. Love it!
I started a homemade version after hearing a comment that it would be great if there was a hybrid between a hydration bladder and a bottle. I got it sort of right but with a few issues. SOURCE have solved all these issues and more with the CONVERTUBE. Great simple product, very well made. Should have looked on the net sooner. Will buy from SOURCE again, Great range.
" The Hipster Hydration Belt looks tiny but don’t let its small size fool you."
" We were out on the trail for 4-5 hours and the Hipster was able to hold what was needed in terms of food, water and tools."
" The fanny pack has become a part of the enduro uniform."
" When leaning forward on a climb we didn’t feel any pressure from the pack itself on our stomach."
" Best all around hydration pack I’ve ever used“... " " I used my Durabag for a year without cleaning. The water tastes as fresh and clean as when i put it in ..." " Slim, padded profile and fully integrated bladder ..."
" These sandals are ultra light with soft comfortable foot beds for serious hiking AND they kept our feet cool. They’re like high fives for our feet!" " The quality traction and non-smelly waterproof design are perfect. " " No Blisters with Source Outdoor Sandals. "
" The advantages of the hydration bladder shape are apparent the minute you start loading your pack (...) distributing water-weight evenly across the back." " More to love: The top opens wide like a paper bag for rapid filling. "