SOURCE Product Reviews
The 3L size provides long-term hydration and the UTA allows you to refill from bottles or taps, without having to access the bladder itself. This is great, since you can refill without removing your armor or needing a buddy.
I would definitely recommend this, or a similar bladder in an appropriate form factor.
There are some cons, such as not being able to effectively fill the entire bladder due to the design of the opening, there's always an air bubble at the top, but it's not the end of the world. You just have to remember to get the air out so it doesn't slosh.
Overall a great addition to any CCE or Woodland setups, and a solid piece of kit. I would prefer one of the quick-change heads on it, but that's not a necessity.
Source is the way to go for standard size water carriers. Makes camelback look like walmart special.
Better than the normal 3 L pocket but still too "bulky". Would be better to remove the screw cap and leave only the possibility by zip or tube.
Lo trovo molto pratico e perfettamente configurabile in altezza; utilissimo anche il gancio in basso, io lo utilizzo per agganciare un marsupio fotografico.
The first thing I done was packed the thing to the rim with as much weight in as u could possibly fit in to give it a test on a 3 mile TAB . So far all pros no cons, the comfortability and ruggidness of the pack is outstanding. The stitching and design is well thought out, and is the the perfect size. Highly recommended for Armed Forces. Source tactical will be my no.1 goto for cargo or hydration and perhaps a fresh pair of Israeli sandals.
Overall this a great pack . Especially if you are looking for a light hydration pack that has room to carry a light load I expect to be using it for years to come .
This docking station, for a mere 6 dollars, keep the hose nice and tidy on the shoulder strap. No more having the hose dangling left and right hitting your stomach and arms when rucking!
Great product. Would recommend!
Long version: Rider vs. Camelbak Mule
I am getting in shape for Army OCS and for that you need a Camelbak type hydration pack, at least 2 liters, in multicam . My old Camelbak Mule is the wrong color so I almost just went with the new version of the Mule, but chose to shop around and, man, am I glad I went with the Rider.
I am 5'3" so the short nature of the Rider is superior to the Mule, in that I get zero chaffing in the tramp stamp region.
Being wide in the neck the strap placement is perfect where the Mule could constrict and chafe my neck the Rider does not.
Being wide in the back, the strap locations are excellent, because I can have the pack secure bjt still take it off easily, where Mule I have to wiggle out of.
The straps on the Rider are not padded, but are wide enough to not dig in and, not being padded, they stow away nicely for attaching to a plate carrier.
I have hiked 12 plus miles with this pack just fine and ran 6 miles getting close to 7 minute miles just fine. Faster 1 to 2 mile runs are nicer than the Mule because of how close the Rider fits to the body.
You lose storage space going from the Mule to the Rider but you gain mobility with strap dimensions and close ride to the body. With the Mule, sitting or going through tighter spaces is uncomfortable or difficult compared to the Rider.
The Mule has and abdomen strap under the stirnum strap which I like. However, the Rider with the stirnum strap only is quite sufficient.
I like the helix bite valve and the quick disconnects are superior to the Camelbak types.
I would love to see a slightly smaller or thinner 2 liter version for running or training or recommending for people going to OCS as many of them fear the weight of the scary 3 liter pack. :)
When I feel the need to carry more water, I take the 1L reservoir out of the pouch and store it in the top lid compartment of the pack. And into the pouch goes a one litre canteen.
Very useful and versatile system. Would recommend!