I didn't know the hose could be that short. I was planning to add a platypus filter link to the end. So sucking on it to get it started would be a little difficult. But I think that might be un-necessary added weight anyway. This is perfect for traveling alone, but the down side is, I will be traveling with other people that may not want my germs on the end of the hose.
I think the ULA Amigo works with out a jump start. Does anyone have a ULA Amigo that can post how long the hose is?