|A surveyors’ best friend while out in the field!
While surveying in the Arizona Desert last summer, I bought a SECO Hydration Pack to test its abilities on the job site. I was amazed at how well this product assisted me in remembering to hydrate, which is important while working in the summer.
Safety – Due to its orange and yellow color scheme, it can be seen safely from distances. It also includes the reflective tape in the back.
Small/Light – Small enough to fit into most backpacks/gear bags, if needed. Lightweight allows for the surveyor to either carry it on their back or place it into another pack and feed the hose out.
Keeping Water Cool – Keeps the water cool for about 3 to 4 hours in the hot sun, which is beneficial for those who enjoy a cold water break during a hot summer day. The water tastes wonderful as it doesn’t have much of a rubbery aftertaste.
Comfort – The shoulder straps are very comfortable. I can honestly say that I was impressed when I got home after a long day of work and my shoulders didn’t hurt.
Durability – I took this water pack up mountains, through bushes and even brushed up against a few cacti. This pack survived the rugged terrain of Arizona.
Hidden Storage – When water bladder is full, I was able to store my GPS, my phone and a couple of granola bars in the pouch, along with the bladder.
Hot Tubing – Tubing can get hot, which can it return cause first few sips of water to be warm. There is nothing more annoying than working hard and having to spit out the first bit of water due to it being too warm.
Refill Pains – Filling the water bladder can be a pain, as water escapes out of opening rather easily. I have poured plenty of water down my pant legs due to the fact the opening is positioned rather inconveniently and the cap is hard to tighten when full.
What Clip-on? – Clip-on doesn’t lock on as strong as I would hope. While walking, hiking or turning the tubing flies off and hits me in the face.
I would recommend this product to my fellow surveyors due to the ability to have easy access to the water, the durability of the pack and the easiness of packing it around. Minus the very few flaws such as hot tubing or refill pains, I can effectively say that the minor nitpicks I have for the SECO Hydration Pack are limited to those. My experience overall has been wonderful and if you have any specific questions about the pack, please leave a comment below so I can respond!
(Note: I wrote this review back in Oct of 2016 for one of my writing classes in College but I still own it and have used it for hiking trips and long-distance road trips)