Rider 3L Low Profile Hydration Pack - Product Reviews

Rider is SOURCE's premier low profile hydration system. It is designed specifically for ballistic vest integration, yet quickly converts for back carriage or ruck insertion. Includes our WLPS hydration bladder. -  NOW AVAILABLE : Limited Edition Rider in Flecktarn Woodland/Desert print !    - Rider 3L Low Profile Hydration Pack product details »
 

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Rider 3L Low Profile Hydration Pack

Rider 3L Low Profile Hydration Pack

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By Benjamin P. | 01/19/2018
Best pack yet
Short version: Great if short, great if you have a wide back or neck, 6 mile run or 12 mile hikes no probs. Very low profile 3 liter pack.

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. :)
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By Jessie M. | 06/22/2017
Hydration Pack
I got this one in black and love it. It has more than enough room for the bike rides I take it on and is very lightweight. I love the adaptability of this pack, you've got multiple ways to set the line, whether it be high, low or left or right orientation. Keeps the water really cold for a decent timeframe as well.

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.
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Reply by SOURCE
Hi Jessie, thanks for the feedback, we'd love a picture of the Rider on wheels! For packs designed for biking also check out SourceOutdoor.com - the pockets and pouches of the bike packs there are designed with biker's needs in mind. In any case, thanks for the feedback!
By Patrick C. | 04/4/2017
Extraordinary
I bought this particular hydration carrier for its versatility and design. It is primarily being used on my plate carrier and matches size very well with almost no drop below the carrier itself. It easily and securely fashions but converted to a little pack for my exercise or hike though the forest. Paired with the bite valve and the filling tool this is the ultimate hydration pack the market has to offer.
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This sure is a great pack...and it needs to be great in Black or Ranger Green too.......I'm just say'in!
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Any word on a black or OD green version? I could really use this for work of the SWAT team.
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Reply by SOURCE
Regarding a black version, please contact us directly at info@sourceoutdoor.com
OK Source, it's time for a Black Version...
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Reply by SOURCE
Regarding a black version, please contact us at info@sourceoutdoor.com
By Sgt Hooper | 08/31/2013
Time for a Black Version!

Thank you
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A black version will not be available this year...
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when will a black version be available?
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it comes with the new WLPS 3L
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Does this ship with a reservoir?
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I would be surprised if this will not be a hit. My backpack has not hydration integration and I have been looking forward to something like this! Will you source this through the EU as well? I hope this get listed in places like ASCM.de etc.

Looks really great in Coyote brown! Would be nice to have Smoke (aka Ranger) green option as well or maybe OD.
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It'll be available within about a month, probably end of August beginning of September. We don't have a price yet… we'll announce it when it becomes available...
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When will this be available? There is no way to buy it here, no returns on Google search. Thanks, M
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