BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

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BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by Gunny » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:25 pm

It's that time of year again everyone. Time for product reviews :)

Product: MSR Dromedary 10 Liter Bag

Function: Water storage.

Price: Varies depending on size. Bag reviewed was purchased for $20.

Evaluation A+

Details

Over the past year, I've used my MSR Dromedary water storage bag and finally sat down to type up a proper review. Here are a few features of the bag that I like the most.

1. Compact Size. When empty, this bag takes up less space than 10 sheets of paper if you position the cap end correctly in your pack.

2. Adaptability. The MSR Dromedary series fits a variety of water purifications filters. For my testing purposes, I've used a MSR Mini-Microworks EX filter, which screws directly onto the bag. The pictures show the detail:

Simply take one filter (in hand) and one bag (on knee, note the open cap) and attach.
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Toss out your filter line:
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And fill:
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3. Functionality: The MSR Dromedary bag series come standard with a very strong cord and grommet system which allows you, with a bit of paracord and somewhere to mount it to, a place to hang your water bag wherever you so need it.

For example:
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3b. The bag has two settings for rate of flow of your water. Wide open (for filling canteens and the like) and trickle, to fill your cooking pots or to wash your hands.

Trickle
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4. Durability: These bags are practically indestrictible. They can be frozen, ran over once full, dropped from great heights, etc etc. This was the main reason I purchased one. When I'm bugging out, I expect my water blister to be full of drinkable water, not to be burst and frozen over night :)

Conclusion

The MSR Dromedary series of bags should be added to every serious BOB kit. Purchase of such a bag and a decent filter is an inexpensive way to bulletproof your BOB's water system.

Where to buy:

Most all sporting goods stores such as:
REI
Cabelas
Sportsmans Warehouse
Gander Mountain

Or online:
Campmor
MSR
Froogle Search

As always, thoughts and comments are welcome. Cheers and thanks for reading :)
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Post by Mugwug » Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:04 pm

Excellent write-up, and your timing is perfect, I was just looking at a few similar "himanockov" brand options locally, think I'd feel more comfortable picking up one like yours.
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Post by Ben » Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:26 pm

Just curious, who is the girl?

Thanks for the write up.
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Post by Gunny » Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:33 pm

That's Sarah :)

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Post by Ben » Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:39 pm

Hey, can't blame me.

How long did it take to fill?

Did you do anything rough with it or did someone else tell you about how tough they are? I am not avocating running it over just to prove a point by any means.
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Post by Gunny » Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:44 pm

Ben:

It took roughly 20 minutes to fill. 10 liters (22lbs or so) is a shitload of water :)

As far as the torture test goes, I have dropped it, kicked it, scraped her along rocks and frozen it overnight more than once. Thus far, the only damage is a bit of cosmetic scraping to the plastic cap.

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Post by Mugwug » Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:44 pm

Ben wrote: I am not advocating running it over just to prove a point by any means.


I am... :D
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Post by Squirrley » Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:57 pm

Mugwug wrote:
Ben wrote: I am not advocating running it over just to prove a point by any means.


I am... :D


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Post by ghostface » Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:42 pm

Have you tried it with the shower kit?
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Post by Hanuman110 » Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:00 pm

Nice review. I've been using the 4 liter bag for a couple years and they hold up well.

I couldn't help but notice that in your pics, your setting up the filter in the first couple but it's Sara that's doing the grunt work of filtering the water and filling the bag. lol That would make her a keeper in my book. :lol:
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Post by Gunny » Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:33 pm

Roadpirate wrote:Nice review. I've been using the 4 liter bag for a couple years and they hold up well.

I couldn't help but notice that in your pics, your setting up the filter in the first couple but it's Sara that's doing the grunt work of filtering the water and filling the bag. lol That would make her a keeper in my book. :lol:


Hahaha I asked her if she wanted to try it out. She got about 5 minutes in and said, "I'm going to go lay in the sun, you finish this."

Ghost: It's on my 'to purchase list.

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Post by crypto » Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:50 am

*bump* for goodness and because it's fuckin hot out.

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Hey Gunny, how about a review of the filter? Is that a MiniWorks EX?
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Post by Gunny » Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:00 am

I'll get one together. I need to go camping again in a bad way. This city life is really kicking my ass.

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Post by UrbanWraith » Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:04 am

Didn't want to clutter your thread but what boots are those mate? :D

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Post by crypto » Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:14 am

UrbanWraith wrote:Didn't want to clutter your thread but what boots are those mate? :D


And are those CADPAT pants? kickass.
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Post by Patient Zer0 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:12 pm

crypto wrote:
UrbanWraith wrote:Didn't want to clutter your thread but what boots are those mate? :D


And are those CADPAT pants? kickass.


Thats what I love about ZS. Anywhere else, abunch of men commenting on each others clothing gets a little too "Brokeback" for me :lol:

Great write up though. I'm building BOB's for my wife and son, and this is going on our list.
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Post by Gunny » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:18 pm

Danner Pronghorns, Uninsulated. I've had the same pair of boots for 3 years now and they're holding strong.

And yep those are CAD BDU's. I like the pockets :)

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Post by crypto » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:24 pm

Gunny wrote: I need to go camping again in a bad way. This city life is really kicking my ass.


Roger that.
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Post by Williams » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:36 pm

Hey, I bought one of these, the 10l version. It looks pretty tough, I got it after Zombiecon so haven't tested it yet. I bought a miniworks EX and a Miox at the same time, so figured it'd be nice to have something designed to hook up to the EX and large enough to take advantage of the MIOX.

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Post by crypto » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:40 pm

Is the Dromedary bag good to go with having purifying chemicals in it?

The katadyn tablets are some silver halide thing thats supposed to be pretty benign, but chlorine and iodine can downright destroy a lot of plastics.

And as far as chemicals go, that MIOX is pure fucking brimstone.
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Post by SharkChild » Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:06 pm

crypto wrote:*bump* for goodness and because it's fuckin hot out.

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Hey Gunny, how about a review of the filter? Is that a MiniWorks EX?


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Or if you can just give a review, if you don't go camping. Payday is coming soon and I like your setup. Hey Gunny hope you don't mind me asking a shitload of quetions about your gear, and copying your gear too.

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Post by Gunny » Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:13 pm

sharkchild wrote:
crypto wrote:*bump* for goodness and because it's fuckin hot out.

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Hey Gunny, how about a review of the filter? Is that a MiniWorks EX?


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Or if you can just give a review, if you don't go camping. Payday is coming soon and I like your setup. Hey Gunny hope you don't mind me asking a shitload of quetions about your gear, and copying your gear too.


That's the whole reason I post, hopefully someone can learn something. I learned most of my stuff by just reading and trying out other people's gear ideas.

Crypto: You can drop your purification tablets directly into the dromerdy bag.

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Post by crypto » Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:05 pm

Awesome gunny. I'm always a little paranoid about the iodine tabs screwing up anything not made out of lexan because I've seen it turn pretty much everything else orange through repeated exposure.

I cant help but think that there's some chemical degradation going on there.
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Post by QPM » Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:12 pm

Gunny,

+1 on MSR's bags.

You might also think about carrying one of the collapsible buckets from REI.

You can scoop out water to let it settle so your filter isn't having to work so hard. It also lets you filter water without having to get your feet or keep your feet in the water. The stream you're in isn't that big a deal but some I've pumped water from using the same rig you didn't want to stay in very long.

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