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Platypus Platy Reservoir

in Hydration - Water Storage Containers

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3.25 / 5 (4 reviews)

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Brett .
( Brett1234 )

Platypus 2L and tube leaked on 12/18/2006 23:34:19 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 1 / 5

I purchased the 2L version of the reservoir, and the optional drinking tube. When I filled the reservoir and inverted it, it immediately leaked at the location where the diamond shaped plastic insert joins the neck of the bottle. This was a substantial leak which would drain the bottle in a few minutes. Evidently the plug was not sealed into the bag properly. I emailed Platypus about the problem.

I have a few of the 'Platy Bottles' which do not leak when inverted, but this is a review of the Reservoir, and therefore this product gets a '1' because it is unsuable for its intended purpose.

Edit. I returned the 2L reservoir, and purchased an identical replacement. When I inverted it, the bottle with the OEM cap did not leak. However, it leaked when I connected the OEM hydration tube to the mouth of the reservoir. I seated the cap carefully and tightly, but not too tight so as to distort the plastic threads. Inverted it in my pack and left it for a few hours. When I returned the bladder had leaked about 100ml. Not acceptable in my opinion.
I use Platypus bladders only in the upright position now, and carry a Nalgene soft canteen for my second bottle.
I am continuing my search for a light weight hydration tube system.

Edited by Brett1234 on 01/23/2007 20:11:51 MST.

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Benjamin Smith
( bugbomb - M )

South Texas
lots of water, not much weight on 07/15/2007 12:10:02 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I use the 4L Big Zip as my in camp water supply and for carting extra water through dry stretches (here in south Texas, the whole hike is typically a "dry stretch"). While I find the cap angle (the diamond-shaped plug described above) a little annoying and bulky when the tank is collapsed and stored, I've never had a leak. I don't see the opening as a failure point as much as any creases formed by repeated folding.

I don't personally use the tank with a hydration tube, but one of my hiking buddies (my uncle, actually) has done so for several years and has never experienced a failure or a leak.

kevin davidson
( kdesign )

Mythical State of Jefferson
Best use is as a reservoir on 07/15/2007 20:54:03 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

The dedicated hydration systems by Platypus are more reliable than the "retrofit" of the resevoir into one. The Big Zip is far better to the purpose.

Edited by kdesign on 07/15/2007 21:05:34 MDT.

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Margaret Snyder
( jetcash )

Southern Arizona
Tough, Light, and Useful. on 07/29/2007 23:48:38 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I use platypuses (platypi?) every day. I have a 1L and 2L, both reservoir types (I had a 0.5L, but left it in the Honolulu airport. Congrats to whomever found it). The BgZip scares me too much. I can just picture a 2L deluge inside my pack. With or without the hoser attachment they are awesome. I like the shutoff valve end, since I lean on my pack a lot and don't need a firehose at work very often. Usually at home I freeze 8-10 oz in the bladder then fill up in the morning to have ice water all day. I tossed my camelbak bladders cuz they had a tendency to get funky and were difficult to clean. Platypus systems come apart at each connection for east cleaning.

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Platypus Hoser priced at: $22.95
Platypus Shutoff Valve priced at: $5.95

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