The SOURCE Tactical WXP 3L bladder is my (Brian’s) absolute second favorite bladder. With that in mind it’s pretty much everyone else’s favorite bladder. It’s 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.
Rick Bogar (verified owner) –
Has a few other bladders but they either leaked or broke. I sat back on this one and no breakage or leakage. Good storage capacity.
First bladder ever , probably only bladder….until fail or until Source makes something better! Probably not recommended, but I only RINSED the inside before filling and drinking the first time there was no “plastic” taste at all. My only improvement in the future would be the Helix High-Flow Bite Valve to get more water per drink.
Brent Hunter (verified owner) –
This bladder is so much tougher than the ones I’ve had before. Love it.
Sarah (verified owner) –
Best bladder I have used and lasts forever.
becoming_spartan (verified owner) –
The Source hydration bladders are great. Mine gets beat up a lot and just keeps on going. I bought a back up from All Day Ruckoff. Great price and great service!