The SOURCE Tactical Kangaroo 1L bladder is youngest sibling of Source hydration line of products. Not everyone needs 3 liters of water… that’s nearly 10 lbs of extra weight. If you are taking part in a shorter event then you might want to carry less water. That’s where the 1 liter bladder comes into play.
Where is a 1 quarter bladder ideal? If you’re rucking a 5k/10k or have a kid who wants to run a bladder in their ruck. There’s plenty of water for normal activities however it’s not enough to get you through a GORUCK Tough. You’ll absolutely want more water at a longer event… I’ll say this again these smaller bladders are designed for kids or for running light at shorter events.
Source hydration bladders are time tested and one of the most popular bladders you will see at a GORUCK event. When it comes to GORUCK events I’ve had weird luck with bladders. The first I bought was a CamelBak and it broke on me during my first event. The second I bought was an MSR Dromedary 4L which has a tendency to leak everywhere. The third bladder I bought was from Source and (back in 2012) and it’s still working to this day. I’ve replaced the hose on it once but that was it.
Between 2012 and present I’ve bought a number of Source bladders to keep around for guests but I’ve never had to replace one. I consider myself pretty lucky in this regard but, because of that, Source is the bladder I recommend for GORUCK events.
If this is your first bladder purchase and your backpack has webbing then don’t forget to pick up an ITW GrimLoc. You won’t regret using one keep your hydration hose in check.