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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!
As far as the accessories go, I do like the rapid refill adapter when using water bottles, faucets, or a garden hose to refill the bladder. It is an option for refilling the bladder without having to remove it from a carrier, or pack. I do not use the magnetic clip, I use the ITW web dominators for drinking tube retention. My son does like the magnetic clip for his bladder though.
I would like to see a drinking tube cover that has more insulation similar to the tube covers that camelback uses. what I did with mine was I removed the tube cover from an old camelback and pulled it over the source drinking tube. But that is more of a personal preference than anything else.
You really can't go wrong with this bladder, water tastes great. Easy to clean out, easy to dry out. It can handle normal abuse, with in means of course. What I mean by that is if you take a sledge hammer to it its going to pop. But why would you do that? But you can feel safe that if your 75 lb ruck is thrown, falls, or is dropped from 5 feet , the bladder will not burst.