MSR Dromedary Bag V2 Review

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The MSR Dromedary Bag v2 offers something a little different than your average hydration reservoir. It comes in three convenient sizes and holds way more liquid than traditional liquid bladders do. Choose from a 2, 4, or 10L capacity so you'll always have enough to keep you well hydrated while you're on the go. Whether you're hiking, backpacking, or camping, a Dromedary Bag holds enough liquid for the whole family. In fact, that's exactly what they're designed for!

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • 2, 4, & 10L Sizes
  • Food-Grade Lining
  • Fresher Tasting Liquids
  • Low-Profile
  • Heavy Duty Materials
  • Limited Colorways
  • Hand-Wash Only

Three Sizes

Dromedary bags are slightly different than your average hydration bladder because they hold much more liquid than most other designs. This option is ideal when you’re traveling with a group of people or if you’re headed out for a longer period of time when you think that you might run out of liquid before you’re able to make it back. Backpackers and hikers can benefit the most from this style of a reservoir because of it’s added capacity.

The MSR Dromedary Bag v2 comes in three sizes: 2L, 4L, and 10L which makes it really easy to find the perfect one to suit your needs. If you’re headed out for a shorter amount of time then you would be best to opt for the 2L or the 4L at the most. Unless you’re traveling in a group or as a family and you want to all share the same reservoir while you travel. In that case, opting for the 10L size would give you plenty of liquid to go around and would ensure that you don’t run dry when you need it most.

Heavy-Duty Materials

This reservoir is made from a resilient 1,000D fabric. Its laminated food-grade polyurethane material can handle all sorts of extremes which means you're able to freeze it or even add boiling hot liquid without repercussions. This is ideal for all season use because you're able to pack the coldest of liquids in the summer and can even bring hot beverages during the colder months.

Polyurethane is a long-lasting polymer that is made specifically so that its tiny chains of resin molecules hold tightly to one another resulting in a flexible and durable finish. Food grade polyurethane is safer for handling food and beverages which makes this a healthier choice of hydration reservoir when compared to other options made from lower quality materials.


The MSR Dromedary Bag offers a nice low profile 3-in-1 cap that makes it super easy to fill, drink, and even poor from this reservoir. The low-profile design sits flush against your back while it's inside of your pack so you won't have to worry about bulging or shifting while you're on the move. This is important because a shifting load could throw off your balance and you can even put you at a greater risk for injury, especially while you're engaged in strenuous physical activities that require constant turning and maneuvering. The cap Is an important part of any reservoir because it's a part that lets you fill and empty your reservoir as well as where you'll drink from. This option has a new and updated design that is sleeker and more easy to operate which is why it's been so well received among athletes who perform various types of sports.

Hydrophobic Exterior

The MSR Dromedary Bag v2 was designed with a hydrophobic exterior that prevents it from soaking up extra water weight. This means that it will feel lighter despite being packed with more liquid than your average reservoir can hold. Hydrophobic molecules are the nonpolar molecules that literally repel water preventing it from passing through a surface. This is ideal for keeping the liquid from seeping through the material of your bag causing it to feel heavier than it should. By ensuring that the liquid doesn't seep into the material you will make your experience more enjoyable because your bag will feel lighter and be less tiring to carry around.

Better Tasting

All your liquids will taste better while being stored in this bag thanks to its food grade lining material that allows for better tasting liquid. Food grade polyurethane lining is ideal for keeping your liquids tasting as fresh as possible because it's safer and more hygienic than many of the leading materials used today. This material is also long-lasting so you won't have to worry about any accidental rips or tears while you're transporting your hydration bag.


One of the best aspects of this bag is the collapsible design that lets you fold it literally to the same size as its cap! That’s pretty darn small if you ask me. The great thing about being able to fold up your bag is that it makes it so much easier to carry and store when it’s not in use. If you’ve ever used a hydration pack before you know all too well how awkward it can be trying to lug around your reservoir when it’s not in use. But, with this option, you’ll have no trouble stowing it away until a later day when you need to use it again.

Rugged Seams

The last thing that you want to have happened is a tear along the seam of your reservoir! Not only can it get awfully messy but it can end up leaving you thirsty with nowhere to turn too! That’s why outdoor enthusiasts just can’t get enough of the MSR Dromedary Bag v2! Because it’s designed to provide long-lasting and durable use that won’t come apart at the seams leaving you high and dry when you need it most!

Streamlined Webbing

Hanging your hydration reservoir can be a real pain and so can attaching to your pack! But, you won’t have to worry about being hassled with time-consuming set up while using this bag because its streamlined webbing lets you attach it with ease! This can save you tons of time and effort that would normally be wasted with trying to get your bag set-up so you can get out the door. This is ideal for those times when you have to refill your bag while you’re on the go and is a camper's delight thanks to its hassle-free operation.

Hand-Wash Only

One aspect that’s not so great about this product is that you have to hand wash it every time. It’s not designed to be dishwasher safe which can be a bit of a hassle, especially when you’re tired out from a day of hiking or a weekend of camping. But, despite this downside, it’s a great product overall and its good aspects far outweigh the bad.

Minimal Colorways

While some people won't care too much about the color of their hydration bag, others prefer to have a little more choice when it comes to appearances. This option only comes in two colorways which are both rather dull to look at! Basically, you can choose from a dark or light shade of grey. While the darker is better for hiding any dirt that you might pick up along your travels, the lighter of the two shows mud and dust all too well! This can be especially tiresome when you have to hand-wash your bag after every use.

Bottom Line

The MSR Dromedary bag is everything you could need to meet your hydration needs while you’re on the move. Whether it’s hiking, backpacking, or camping that you love, this bag is ideal for larger groups and families that prefer to share their liquid rather than each carries their own. But, if you’re big on keeping hydrated then, by all means, take advantage of the larger capacity that the Dromedary has to offer. The three sizes make it super easy to pick the most appropriate option based on the length of your travels so you won’t run dry or overcarry.

I love the heavy-duty materials that help to make this such a durable choice becuase I don’t have to worry about leaks or being too gentle with it. Not to mention, the way the food-grade lining makes my liquid taste so darn good.

Another aspect that’s really great is the low-profile that doesn’t stick out or shift around while it’s in use. This makes it that much more enjoyable to hike with this bag in tow. Its collapsible design is perfect for carrying when it's not in use and makes for effortless storage. You won't have to worry about seam splits because this option comes with rugged seams and is made from an ultra long-lasting material that won't crack under pressure.

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