BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by tilt » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:13 pm

I've put water right off the boil (about 5 minutes of cooling time) into the bag with no problems. The bag is tough and the fitting is suitable for hooking directly to a filter. One can add the drinking tube and replace the CamelBak bladder in the pack as well.

As a side note, this bladder is initial equipment issue for Air Force SERE Specialists. Gear doesn't get to that point by being cheap and wimpy.

Pic from left: Katahdin Base Camp gravity style water filter for size reference, MSR 10L Dromendary Bag, MSR 4L DromLite Bag with hydration bladder kit.

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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by argyre » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:31 am

I've had my two Dromedary bags ( 10 liter and 4 liter ) for about 15 years.

During that time they have been subjected to pretty silly levels of abuse.
At least a month a year of desert camping in Baja, Nevada, Oregon, and California.
Filled with everything from hot springs water that was at least close to boiling, if not there, to snow.
Left hanging in the sun until the water was TOO hot to shower with.
Tossed into the backs of 4x4s and pickups, or onto a pile of firearms in a vehicle.
Forgetfully left hanging, full, on the side of 4x4 roof racks while tearing across the desert over bumpy tracks.

Wash 'em, and they still looked new.
However, the ones I have now ARE new. MSR replaced them for me for free last year.
The old ones were in fine working order, as I said. However, MSR had discovered (a number of years ago) that the earlier production of these had a plastic lining that turned out to leach small amounts of arsenic into the water. So they did a recall, and anyone who has the old ones can get them replaced.

This is a heads up to MikeB, who also stated that he had one that was 15 years old.
GET IT REPLACED!!! Arsenic bad!

The shower attachment is great, and I expect the hydration rig they sell for it is also effective and bomb-proof. The lovely handle on the bags also makes it MUCH easier to fill them to the brim.
And they are perfect with the MSR filters (I use the old Waterworks model).

More gear should be as good as these are.

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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by FanaticalModerate » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:57 am

Good thread bump and a good tip re the recall.
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Post by jamesraykenney » Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:46 am

QPM wrote: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.


Or just get a millbank bag to prefilter it with... Just make sure you let the bag get completely wet before filtering, as it is much less effective before the fibers in it swell up.
It will make your filter last a LOT longer.

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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by Voodoo Chile » Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:22 pm

So how does the water taste? Any plastic yuckiness?
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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by argyre » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:43 am

Nope.
When you get a new one, you might get a little on the first couple of bags.
Run a few bags of hot water through them (fill, let sit for a few hours, dump and flush, repeat several times...) and you can probably avoid that as well.
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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by ghost_walker » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:14 pm

Yes, I realize I'm resurrecting a two-year-old thread, but mine are about 14 or 15 years old too, and this is the first I'm hearing about the recall. I'll get on that post haste! I shudder to think how much arsenic I've consumed, much less fed to my kids, wife, and dogs!
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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by ninja-elbow » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:28 am

Though it is stated a few threads up I would just like to make it clear that the recall was circa 1996. Not saying anyone is misleading anyone but if someone were to not read all the posts they may think the recall was new.
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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by ghost_walker » Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:08 pm

:oops: ummmm... uhhhhhhh... yeah. I'm a dumbass.

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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by ninja-elbow » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:01 pm

ghost_walker wrote::oops: ummmm... uhhhhhhh... yeah. I'm a dumbass.

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No you 'aint. Yours might be of the "toxic death" era of MSR dromedary bags. Check it out. :) I was just making sure that anyone else did not think the recall was new or anything.
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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by echo83 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:04 pm

I'm planning on getting this MSR,

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MX ... CHCR&psc=1

and I'm wondering if it is compatible with this hydration system,

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A ... 0DER&psc=1

Does anyone know? Or is there a better hydration system option?

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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by none1 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:43 pm

echo83 wrote:I'm planning on getting this MSR,

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MX ... CHCR&psc=1

and I'm wondering if it is compatible with this hydration system,

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A ... 0DER&psc=1

Does anyone know? Or is there a better hydration system option?
looks like you also need
https://www.amazon.com/MSR-Dromedary-Ba ... 74H8FKQ0YH
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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by woodsghost » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:59 pm

echo83 wrote:I'm planning on getting this MSR,

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MX ... CHCR&psc=1

and I'm wondering if it is compatible with this hydration system,

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A ... 0DER&psc=1

Does anyone know? Or is there a better hydration system option?
I do think that bite valve will work fine on any MSR product. It is specifically branded "MSR." I love my dromedary bag, but just got it a few months ago so no real testing. But I do really want a water hose kit for it now. It comes with a little spigot like none1 linked to above. Maybe a little less convenient though. But I really want that hydration tube.
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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by teotwaki » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:30 pm

I have a Dromedary to carry extra water but the hydration tube attachment will mean roughly 8oz of water will sit below the tube's connector. Dedicated hydration bags connect the tube at the bottom to get almost 100% of the water sucked out.
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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by echo83 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:41 pm

Thanks for the information and recommendations, all. I really appreciate it!

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Re: BOB Essentials Series: MSR Dromedary Bag

Post by echo83 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:11 pm

As an update, both the bag and the hydration kit arrived...and they're not compatible.

I called customer service at MSR, and they sent me a new lid (for free) that allows the hydration tube to attach properly. A few reviewers on Amazon pointed out the incompatibility of the two pieces for sale on Amazon, but you have to call MSR to request the lid.

Besides that, no complaints. I'm looking forward to installing it in my BOB.

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