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    Stay hydrated with the re-designed MSR Dromedary Bags.

    MSR Dromedary Bags take the hassle out of filling, carrying, and pouring water in the field. MSR designed their Dromedary Bags to withstand the most trying conditions. With a temperature threshold from freezing to boiling, and abrasion-resistant cordura construction, these sturdy Dromedary Bags hold up to the most rigorous adventures. MSR added a low-profile handle making it easy to fill. MSR Dromedary Bags have added perimeter webbing allowing you to attach it to your pack or hang it up at the base camp. The bonus 3-in-1 cap ensures effortless filling, drinking, and pouring from the Dromedary Bags.
    • Item #CAS0325

    Tech Specs

    cordura laminated with food-grade polyurethane
    Claimed Weight
    (2L) 4.6 oz, (4L) 5.4 oz, (6L) 7.2 oz, (10L) 8.5 oz

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Much water, so carry.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It's a water bag. If all you want is a bag for water, get this. It's wide so keeps a low profile when full. After a few uses, doesn't even taste that nasty!

    Docked two stars because the hose attachment is abysmal. See my review on that if you want some opinion.

    Perfect go hiking, etc

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I've used this once, but am so in love, I hiked coyote gulch, and it was my main source of water. It doesn't sweat and is super durable. So it's perfect for a long hike, you can Always add a hose and nozzle to it to make it more camelback like...but the material is far more durable.

    Dromedary Bag

      These things are awesome. Highly durable and packed with features. I use the 10 L at basecamp. The webbing makes it really easy to carry as well as hang in a tree or elsewhere for easy access. I love the 2L for freezing and keeping in my cooler for ice cold water as well as making things cold. The laminated cordura material is nearly indestructible.

      A Great Durable Product

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      My friend took this 4L bag on a three-night, four-day backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon . It was durable and packed well. The bladder is sturdily constructed, we had no problems with leaks. We can't wait to go backpacking with it again!

      A great durable product

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I took this 4 L bag on a three night four day backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon . It was durable and packed well. The bladder is sturdily constructed, we had no problems with leaks. Can't wait to go backpacking with it again!

      MSR Dromedary Bag

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Bought these to haul water when I go camping. I love how compact they can get when not in use. The 3 in 1 cap is very handy for pouring/ drinking.

      Super durable, water tastes funny

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love these bags for the simple reason that nothing else exists that is quite as effective or easily packable. After drinking mostly out of one for a month long trip in Thailand I started to go a little crazy. It is nigh impossible to get the taste of plastic out of these bags, even if you clean them as rigorously as you may (without using any sort of stiff brush or cleaning solution which can damage the inside of the bag).

      They work extremely well for their intended purpose. Misses a star for the plastic taste.

      Rad Water Hauler

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have a 10L that I use for base camp water, primarily on desert climbing trips. It holds more than enough for drinking, cooking and cleaning, and is burly enough to just toss in the back of the car without having to worry about any leaks. Pick up the MSR Spigot cap and you've got a perfect setup.

      Perfect Camp use

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I used this to fill with my Sawyer filtered water and hung around a tree. Using the spigot cap, this thing was the shizznizzle. I'll never go w/o it and when you get yourself one, get the spigot cap... Just like going to the kitchen sink to fill your water bottle.... I got the 4L size and was just right for the two of us on a one night trip.

      Perfect Camp use

      Reduce Water Source Trips

        Just picked up a 4L one of these for backpacking/camping. MSR makes great products and these are extremely handy to have around camp for water storage to help reduce the number of trips you have to make to your water source. especially when it's not close. Highly recommended.

        Second time I purchase the item

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Great water bag, tough construction and lots of accessories you could use to suit your needs.

        Would be great if MSR could come up with some way to let the water bag be carried around more easily.

        A Must-Have, and no foul taste

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I purchased the 10L bag for a 3+ week trip to Alaska and for subsequent camping trips. I love that it is lightweight and packs flat when not full of water.

        For practical purposes, I would love to see a few slight modifications.
        1 - add a grommet to the top to attach a carabiner for hanging. I easily clipped a carabiner to the strap, but doing so resulted in the bag being lopsided. Not a huge issue, but I would prefer not to have to put strain on the straps;
        2 - As others have suggested, move the fill opening to the very bottom tip of the bag, instead of on the "flat" side. Filling this bag can be a challenge because of this location (plus the back of the bag wants to press up against the opening, closing it up and causing water to splash back out);
        3 - put carry "lips" on both sides of the handle. Holding this bag up/open with one hand probably isn't a problem for the smaller bags, but the 10L bag is heavy, and the ability to use 2 hands would be extremely helpful, especially when filling from a spigot/spout.

        That being said, I have found this bag to be invaluable while camping. I also purchased the MSR shower attachment, which became my go-to lid. It has never leaked, and the shower spray is convenient for both actual showering and washing hands or dishes.
        Many other reviews note a foul plastic-y taste/odor. I thankfully have not experienced this. I didn't even have to prep the bag in any way. Being in Alaska, I was able to filter glacier water using the MSR MiniWorks EX Water Filter straight into the bag. Water doesn't get more refreshing than that!

        Note - if you purchase the MSR Shower Kit, the MSR Spigot cap is part of the kit, so there is no need to purchase it separately. You can use the spigot to fill water bottles, etc, and attach the shower hose when you want a spray.

        Worth every penny!

          This is the one piece of gear you shouldn't skimp on! They're so sturdy and seal up so tight, even if you drop your entire pack on it, it's not going to pop or leak. My wife and I each carry a 4L version, enough for a good overnight trip but no extra weight of equipment to notice. We like these over the "Dromlight" versions because of the tie-downs around the edge, make it a LOT easier to pack and to use in camp!


          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          We've used two of these on the John Muir Trail. Can't go wrong with this product. Reliable and durable it is a must for any extended backcountry hike. We used it for drinking, bathing, cleaning dishes.

          critical piece of gear

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I don't know about you all, but I love water. As compelled by this love, I consider my drom to be one of the most important pieces of gear that I own.

          It's lighter than water bottles, more packable, and has a greater capacity. Plus, these things are tough as nails. I work as an outdoor educator and I've seen these droms survive 10+ years, with hundreds of field days each year, and that's with teenagers using them.

          I've heard a couple of complaints about them, specifically 1) that you still need to carry a water bottle to fill it and 2) that the caps are prone to leaking. I find that 90% of the time you can fill these most of the way without another vessel. Even when you can't, you likely have a thermos or a pot that you can use to top them off. As for the caps, I've never had one leak on me and I've never seen one crack or degrade. I have had friends get defective lids that leak from the get-go but MSR has always been great about respecting their quality guarantee and replaced them on warranty. (Also, a fun fact about the MSR lids: they are sized the same as nalgene products. The large lid is the same size as a water bottle lid and the smaller nozzle is the same size as the 2 oz spice/liquid containers that they sell so you can replace them on your own or put an emergency cap on if you're in a pinch.)

          Also, these droms have more uses than just replacing the use of water bottles. They're key for dry-camping and even when you're just the standard 100-200 ft. from your water source while camping, I love keeping a store of water at hand for cooking and hot drinks. These are also the best back-country hand-wash system out there. You can hang it up in camp and keep norovirus at bay without rinsing soap or your nasty-human-hand-funk into your water source.

          will the katadyn shower adaptor fit the 10L bag

          I'd like to know if you send the items to...

          I'd like to know if you send the items to Brazil?

          If yes, how much to send the MSR Dromedary Bags (4L)?


          Cristiano Vieira

          Hey Cristiano,

          MSR is a Cascade Designs brand, unfortunately, we cannot ship Cascade Designs outside of the US. For a complete list of companies we cannot ship internationally check out the link below.


          How do I decide what size I need?

          How do I decide what size I need?

          Best Answer

          Hi Miranda,

          It depends on how you plan to use it. Basically, there are two situations- the first is that you need to carry extra water for extended distances between water sources. At that point, it helps to know your route and all the variables that go with it like how much you need to stay hydrated, time it will take, temperature... Water weighs a kilo per liter, so the weight adds up fast, and it's all going to revolve around planning and advance knowledge of the conditions. The second, and more common way to use it, is at base camp or where you over night. If it's base camp, get the 10L and enjoy not filling it so often. If it's overnights on the trail, it's largely how many people you have in your group. For two of us, I generally use a 4L. That gives us enough to cook dinner and breakfast with, as well as to fill a couple Nalgenes for the trail the next day, give or take (vast amounts of coffee excluded). A few people and the same holds true for the 6L. I have a 10L in the Dromedary, but my 4L and 6L are both Dromlites. I've modified them all to be able to use with my MSR Autoflow filter, which is something you also might be interested in, as it can hold 4+ liters and saves you from having to do the filtering manually. All are fantastic products. Bottom line: If you're just getting one size, I would go with the 6L and have the majority of your needs handled. Hope this helped you out.

          Does this give the water any sort of plastic...

          Does this give the water any sort of plastic taste? I normally avoid bladders because they typically ruin the taste of fresh mountain water.

          Is there a way to adapt these for use as...

          Is there a way to adapt these for use as a water bladder?

          How do I adapt the 4l dromedary bag as a...

          How do I adapt the 4l dromedary bag as a hydration bladder in my Dueter ACT 55/15 b-pack? (Planning my thru-hike, weight is important but I've had too many problems with camelbaks).

          Okay, please bear with me--I'm new at this...

          Okay, please bear with me--I'm new at this backpacking stuff. I want to take an extended hike in the backcountry. Do I fill the Dromedary from the water source and then put the chlorine dioxide tablets into the Dromedary or am I suppose to treat the water prior to filling the Dromedary? And if the latter is the case, how do I accomplish that?

          Best Answer

          No problem...a perfectly fair question. The MSR Dromedary Bags should be handled just like any other water container. The material (500D woven nylon) is coated inside with a food-grade polyurethane coating. Thus it's not different than any other plastic container.

          You are more than ok filling the Drom Bag from the water source you've chosen (the cleaner the better) and dropping in the required number of chlorine dioxide tablets (1 pill per 1L of water). Obviously make sure you let it sit at least 15-20 minutes for the chemicals to work. The chemical will not hurt the inside coating of the bag.

          You can also treat the water with a pump filter. The MSR Miniworks EX works perfectly with the MSR Drom Bags. You simply screw the bottom of the Miniworks EX filter onto the opening of the Drom Bag creating a waterproof seal and pump away. Once the bag is full, unscrew the Drom Bag from the water filter and your good to go! Nothing could be more simple...

          Hope this helps!

          The best tasting way to do it is to pump from the water source into the Dromedary with a filter that has a carbon attachment, or a filter that involves carbon in some way. Chlorine tablets are a very light, if not particularly great tasting, way to make potable water. In addition, the Drom is usually considered a base camp water source, that you fill when you are either close to, or at an established base camp, because they're really heavy when full. So, most backpackers, including myself, carry a personal water supply, either in bottles or a CamelBak, and a large capacity empty bladder for camp use, that is filled via a pump water filter or tablets, upon arrival or close proximity to the camp site. Another product, the Katadyn Base Camp, is a bag you just fill up, without treating at all, and when you open the valve, gravity draws the water through a filter and you have filtered water. It is a lot slower dispensing than other methods, but very easy to use.

          There is one VERY important point that seems to be overlooked here. That is "extended backcountry trip" combined with being new and unfamiliar. I would strongly urge you either get more experience and/or assistance from someone with the necessary skills prior to taking any extended backcountry trip. It may sound cliche' but your life could depend on it.

          When we use these in the backcountry we general assign the Dromlites (red) to hold questionable/unfiltered water, and the Dromedaries (black) to hold clean/filtered. Once this has been done you should strictly stick to following that pattern until your trip is over and you can properly clean and disinfect them. Cross contamination is quite easy, and can ruin a trip.

          So, with that being said, if you're only going to use one Dromedary. Stick with either filtered or unfiltered, and follow that rule. My personal setup is to grab one of those flexible 'kitchen sinks', use the inside for doing any dishes... and to turn it inside out to hold questionable water. I will then filter water straight out of that into my Nalgene or Dromedary, making sure to only put clean, filtered water into them.

          I have an Osprey Aether 85 pack and want...

          I have an Osprey Aether 85 pack and want to use the 6L MSR Dromedary bag in the water bladder pocket on the inside of the pack both for water storage and like a Camlebak. I will only pack around 3L at a time while hiking and fill the rest up once I hit camp. Will the 6L bag fit in the designated pocket in my pack? please if anyone has experience with this let me know, thanks!

          Best Answer

          I'll give you the dimensions for the 6L Dromedary for reference- L= 22+" W=11". You'll have to measure your Aether's hydration sleeve to see what you think. Sounds like a basically solid plan, but the width might be an issue (3L bladders tend to be several inches narrower).You could also consider the 6L Dromlite, since the 200D Cordura nylon is much more supple than the 1000D on the Dromedary. Hope that helps.

          When I leave water in my 10L dromedary it...

          When I leave water in my 10L dromedary it comes out looking "soapy," with bubbles and a little bit of a strange taste. I know it's not soap because I don't think I've ever washed the thing with soap (or anything other than water), and since I noticed this I've rinsed it out many times. Still, every time I leave water in for a few hours or overnight, it comes out looking soapy.

          Has anyone else had a similar problem? Is it normal? It's a couple years old now, maybe the lining is deteriorating? Thanks.

          I want to mount thte 6L bottle in the front...

          I want to mount thte 6L bottle in the front of or canoe for a ultra marathon. I am not sure about the dring hose working with it. I guess thats my question. How does a drin tube connect to the Dromeday 6L bag?

          Does anyone have any tricks for drying the...

          Does anyone have any tricks for drying the inside after use?

          Best Answer

          Because of the stiff material, you should be able to hang them and pull the two sides out so the opening stays open. This has also worked for me when drying the DromLite bags. Letting it sit for a few days makes sure that it will dry completely.

          I've also used a Camelbak hang dryer that keeps it open, but usually find it unnecessary.

          Usually I wash it inside and then pinch opposite sides perpendiculat to the seam to expand it. Hang it with open cap down so ic can drip out. After a couple of hours check for water in the bottom and hang it back. In a day or so it is bone dry. Have 3 of them 2, 4 (new) and 6 and no issues so far.

          whats the best way to attach it to my...

          whats the best way to attach it to my backpack

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          got a 20L. is there any great back packs...

          got a 20L. is there any great back packs that fit this size. would still like to use it like a camelpak.

          Looking for a bag that will work with my...

          Looking for a bag that will work with my Deuter ACT-Lite 40 + 10 backpack and I can use it to fetch water from the stream, bring back to the campsite and use for cooking. Do any of these fit that bill???

          My personal preference is the 6L. This size does well for the purposes you stated and packs small when not in use. It also uses a 64mm threaded opening that fits most filters, especially the MSR Miniworks EX. This combination is hard to beat. I would also get the MSR Spigot Cap that has an on-off valve, making it super user friendly at camp; just like your kitchen sink at home!The only question I have is whether you want to carry water in your pack, especially in a 40L pack. If this is the case, you might want to get the 4L size.

          Do the MSR Dromedary bags contain BPA in...

          Do the MSR Dromedary bags contain BPA in their linings?