SOURCE Product Reviews
The pouch is surprisingly low profile considering it's capacity.
The lock seals are great, easy to attach to the bladder and accessories and I've had no leakage on them.
Lastly, I really like the mesh overlay, not only is it aesthetically nice, it seems to dissipate the heat from reaching the water that is in the hose. Nothing worse than taking a sip of hot water on a hike in hot weather.
All in all, a very well built product that has lasted me for quite some time now.
I am not affiliated with Source in any way, but they are a solid piece of equipment that remain part of my kit list.
I also carry them whilst running, training and when riding my dirt bikes, although the 3ltr is a little large for Motocross duties, it is perfect for enduro riding and when I am on the motocross bike I carry enough water for 20 - 30 minutes of track time, about a litre.
Do yourself a favour and use Source Hydration Systems. It might prove the difference between being hydrated or letting your team down in the field.
Cj - Royal Australian Regiment and MoxBilt Racing Yamaha Project Lead.
Also provided good protection while I haul my heavy luggages while I move back to my place. It is pity that it doesn't have desert tan/canyon & ddpm color.
The technology of the source helix is much better than those I've tried from camelback and osprey. I like that it is essentially a double valve. Twist it closed to not leak at all. Or have open and just lightly bite to get water out, one hand operation for when youre working
Only negatives I've come across so far is the very limited pockets. There is just the one on the inside face that's very large but not ideal for what I would need to put in it. Also, I wouldn't recommend the black color just because if you're out in the sun for an hour to two hours straight, the sun is gonna turn your water lukewarm pretty quick (Texas heat is not kind).
Otherwise, this is definitely a 5 star hydration pack.
Unlike a lot of other packs I have bought from reputable companies, this pack wasn't bristling with loose threads and messy stitching running everywhere that I had to tidy up. I really can't fault the craftsmanship of this pack. Likewise, none of the seams burst when I filled it or attached MOLLE pouches.
Some things I would like to see for the 35 L Patrol next gen would be some more PALS webbing on the hip belt. The hip belt is a great feature of this pack and is very comfortable, however a couple more rows of PALS webbing would've fit nicely on either side where those blank spaces are. Also, the top pouch where the Source logo is appears to provide enough real estate for a small patch of loop Velcro or a small panel of PALS webbing but aside from that, this is an excellent pack. The best one I have owned.
In summary, it looks great and feels great. Well made and worth the money.
This is an A+. I will buy an bigger canteen within this week.