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Platypus Hoser 1.8 Liter Reservoir

in Hydration - Water Storage Containers

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4.00 / 5 (2 reviews)


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Mike Barney
( eaglemb )

Locale:
AZ, the Great Southwest!
Platypus Hoser 1.8 Liter Reservoir on 11/10/2006 22:32:28 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

This is an excellent, 3-4 oz. lightweight "Camelback like" bladder and drinking tube that can be placed in your pack, in a side pocket, or strapped on top or the back. The hose is approximately 40 inches in length, meaning you can locate it almost anywhere on your person / pack and still reach. It has a clip and very easy to use, with a low leakage valve.

One of the best features with platypus reservoirs is the almost industructable plastic laminate bag. It's much more rugged than the standard "Camelback" bladder, and is IMHO much easier to clean out. It has a very easy to connect / disconnect threaded connector, allowing you to use either the drinking tube or a pull up valve. One other nice feature is the bottom is flat when full, so you can stand it up.
I have 4 of these, and like them much better than any of my other "Camelback" style reservoirs.

Price comparison from GearBuyer:
Platypus Drinking Tube priced at: $9.75 - $12.95
Platypus Hoser priced at: $22.95
Tony Wong
( Valshar )

Locale:
San Francisco Bay Area
Great Lightweight Alternative on 06/29/2008 18:09:51 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

For those of us who enjoy the convenience of of having a sip of water on demand, this is an easy way to save some weight with few negatives.

The only negatives for me is the bite valve that comes with it and that it is a little more difficult to dry vs. the Camelback, which has a larger opening.

I have found that the bite valve does not have a lock to prevent accidental leakage if the valve is pinched when I set my pack down. I also find it not as comfortable to use vs. the Camelback bite value because it is larger.

My solution was to simply replace the bite value with my locking Camelback bite valve.

Besides being very durable, the other thing that I find really useful is that the bottom of the Hoser is gusseted, which allows it to stand upright on the ground.

As I use the 1.8 L Hoser as my catch bag for my gravity filter system, being able to stand upright is critical for me.

The best solution that I have come up for drying out the Hoser after washing it is to toss it into my car on a hot day to evaporate any residual water inside of it.

-Tony

Edited by Valshar on 06/29/2008 18:12:04 MDT.

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