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Veskimo Hydration Backpack Features

This insulated Hydration Backpack incorporates a high efficiency battery powered pump to supply ice-chilled water to the Veskimo Microclimate Cooling Vest. Together, the Backpack and Vest comprise a fully self-contained Complete Personal Cooling System providing the user with comfort, convenience and unrestricted mobility.

Fill with up to seven pounds of ice plus one pint or more of water for over four hours of body cooling. The pump can run for 6+ hours using a Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery, or 8 hours using eight alkaline AA batteries in the Quick-Change Power Pack. An optional External Power Cord connected to a 12V DC source can be used for continuous operation, eliminating the need for batteries.

This backpack also functions as a hydration pack, serving up chilled, filtered drinking water on demand with the pump on or off.

Backpack Features and Specifications

  • Extra large 4.4 quart capacity reservoir made from ultra-tough thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Large 5.5-inch wide slide-opening top on reservoir for quick filling and easy cleaning
  • Can be filled with ice cubes, cylindrical ice blocks or four 1/2 liter frozen water bottles (used as quick-change ice cartridges)
  • 5/8-inch thick, 10 layer high performance radiant reflective foil-faced gas-filled thermal insulation surrounds the entire reservoir
  • Single charge of ice lasts for 4+ hours (actual duration dependant on user activity level and ambient temperature)
  • Small high-efficiency pump circulates ice-chilled water through the cooling vest
  • Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery provides 6+ hours of continuous pump operation (recharges in 4 hours)
  • Optional Quick-Change Power Pack using eight AA alkaline batteries provides 8 hours of continuous pump operation
  • Cooling rate can be adjusted to personal preference using the convenient power switch on left shoulder strap
  • Dry-break style quick-disconnect fittings for easy connection to vest with no leakage when disconnected
  • Backpack also serves as a source of chilled, filtered drinking water (hydration pack) with the pump on or off
  • Drink tube on right shoulder strap is thermally insulated to keep first sip cold
  • Bite-valve with removable cover and shut-off valve prevents leakage during transport or storage
  • 130-micron inline filter on the drink tube prevents any particulates in the reservoir from reaching the bite valve
  • Backpack constructed to Mil-Spec standards using rugged 600 Denier fabric
  • Fully adjustable shoulder, waist and sternum straps with quick-snap buckle closures to comfortably fit all sizes
  • Padded back panel and shoulder straps with breathable mesh provide enhanced ventilation
  • Zippered external top pocket with key clip and mesh organizer for storing on-the-go essentials
  • Mesh pocket on left shoulder strap holds cell phone, MP3 player or snack bar for convenient access while wearing the backpack
  • Lower pocket holds battery pack for quick and easy access
  • Reflective safety stripes for high visibility in low light conditions double as attachment loops for shock cord to strap extra items to the outside of the backpack, or to attach an auxiliary expansion pack
  • Low-profile design keeps pack stable and prevents interference with helmet
  • Dimensions: 21" tall x 7" wide x 6" deep (max) at bottom, 3" deep at top
  • Weight empty: 2.5 pounds without batteries, 2.8 pounds with Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery, 3.1 pounds with AA Battery Pack
  • Weight full with Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery and reservoir filled to maximum capacity (4.4 quarts): 11.7 pounds
  • Color: Black with grey trim
  • Warranty: One year on all materials & workmanship