|Left: WLPS 3L OD Green|
Right: WXP 3L Coyote
Source Hydration didn't invent the hydration bladder but I will say I believe they perfected it. I used Camelback bladders while forward deployed in the Marines. I grew rather unhappy with Camelbacks and pretty much discounted hydration bladders altogether. Until I found Source Tactical.
The two models we reviewed come from their tactical line up. The WXP 3L and the WLPS 3L to be precise. Both models feature the 3 layer coextruded polyethylene construction with "Glass-Like" liner and "Grunge Gaurd" anti-microbial properties. Both reservoirs has a 3 liter capacity.
Speaking of its anti-microbial properties- during my use I noticed no foul or plastic taste. Even for water that has sat in the bladder for a few days.
Being that they are from the tactical lineup, both bladders come in an OD Green color. You can choose what color hose and mouth gaurd (cap on the WXP model). The color options come in Coyote, Foilage, and Black. A definite plus for a tactical environment.
|WXP 3L in Coyote|
The WXP 3L ($36.00) model is similar to your standard hydration bladder in form. It has a filling cap that un-screws to fill the bladder up. Around the cap is a lanyard hole that can be used to attach the reservoir to the outside of a pack or however you decide.
All bladders come with a tube cover and as I stated above the color is optional. The hose cover helps insulate and blocks UV light to further protect your water. The Coyote and Foilage come with IRR technology.
Adding to it's awesomeness is the "QMT" (Quick Mate Technology) fittings. This allows the hose and mouth piece to be connected or disconnected with the push of a button. This allows the hose to be disconnected from the bladder even when full of water and still maintaining the integrity of the bladder as a water container.
The reservoir cap is dummy corded to the pack so that it's not lost when refilling.
|Left: Helix Valve|
Right: Storm Valve
One item I will cover in a later review is the UTA or Universal Tube Adapter. It's an ingenious design and I felt it needed its own article for that.
I can honestly say Source Tactical has produced the best hydration systems that I've used to date. I'd encourage any of you to check out source-military.com if your on the market for a hydration bladder.
Stay tuned for a video review of these products.