I took some quick pics of this hydration pack today as I was getting ready to head out for a rally. I found this neat hydration pack at a BMW Dealer and on a whim just bought it on the spot. In the past, I've been a fan of Camelbaks, but this one had a couple of cool features that were new to me.
The bag opens completely on one end and you can turn it inside out to really get it clean and dry it thoroughly. Those with Camelbaks will attest, it takes a lot of effort to get them clean and dry them out. I also liked the fact that you could disconnect the hose and the bladder would not empty out! If you were to route the hose through a jacket or something, this would make a lot of sense. Which is what they intended for this piece. It's made to go into a pocket of the Rally 2 Pro jacket. The inside is also coated with a very slippery feel almost like glass. I think that helps cut down crud starting to grow!
OK, enough words. On to the pics.
The bag is filled to the bulging point, but is very sturdy. I think I could sit on it and it wouldn't burst!
The hose port stops the water flow when the hose is detached. It locks on very securely and has not leaked on me yet.
The top closure is very secure. The blue plastic locks it in place. The top is folded over on itself and has interlocking groves which align the sides and lock onto the blue piece so it doesn't slide off.
Directions for how to clean. Very easy. Just reach inside and turn it inside out.
You can purchase direct from their website for less then the BMW price.
The drinking end is exposed. That could be a problem in very dusty environments. But it works very well. Just bite and pull slightly to open the shutoff and start the flow of water. You can do it easily with one hand. Flow is very good.
I've used this for about a year now with now problems. It sits in the bottom of my tankbag and the hose extends out. When I want a drink, just grab and go. It makes a nice source for water around the campsite when I'm parked for the night.
I have no commercial interest in this, just liked the bag. Here are a couple of links to sources to purchase.
The Official BMW branded version: $39
Direct from the company: $27.99