Flexzilla Garden Hose, 5/8 in. x 50 ft., Lightweight, Drinking Water Safe - HFZG550YW-E
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- EXTREMELY FLEXIBLE – Extreme all-weather flexibility makes it easy to maneuver around trees, bushes or other obstacles
- EXTRMELY DURABLE – Durable and abrasion-resistant outer cover and crush resistant anodized aircraft aluminum fittings
- WON’T KINK UNDER PRESSURE – Flexible hybrid polymer material allows the hose to lay flat with no memory
- LIGHTWEIGHT – Lighter than traditional garden hoses making Flexzilla easier to carry, life and maneuver around the yard
- EASY TO COIL – Won’t fight you when coiling and zero memory means the sprinkler stays put without twisting
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From the manufacturer
The Revolution began with Air Hose featuring extreme all-weather flexibility down to -40 degrees below zero. Then the introduction of Garden and Water Hoses revolutionized gardens, yards and worksites. Lightweight, kink-free ZillaGreen hose redefined flexibility for both homeowners and professionals.
Flexzilla Garden Hose
Heavy Duty, Lightweight and Drinking Water Safe, 5/8 in.
Flexzilla Garden Hose was engineered with a lightweight Flexible Hybrid Polymer to lie ﬂat and eliminate kinking under pressure. It redeﬁnes ﬂexibility, making it easy to maneuver around trees, bushes or other obstacles. Zero memory means your sprinkler stays put without twisting. Flexzilla Garden Hose doesn’t ﬁght you when you coil it. Plus, with our superior O-ring, you get a long-term, leak-free connection at the spigot. The Flexible Hybrid Polymer inner tube material is drinking water safe.
- Extreme all-weather flexibility
- Won't kink under pressure
- Lightweight, coils easily
- Lays flat - no memory
- Durable and abrasion-resistant outer cover
- Anodized aircraft aluminum ends
- Leak-free O-rings
- Drinking water safe
Garden Hose Features:
Flexible Hybrid Polymer Garden Hose
Flexzilla is made from lightweight, flexible hybrid polymer material. The Flexzilla won’t kink under pressure! It is tangle free making work easier in the garden, around the house, and on the job!
Extreme All Weather Flexibility
While other hoses get stiff and brittle in cold temperatures, the Flexzilla stays flexible even in extreme weather conditions.
The Flexzilla is lighter than traditional garden hoses making them easier to carry, lift and maneuver around the yard.
Garden Hose Features:
The super strong flexible hybrid polymer material is abrasion-resistant and comes with crush-resistant aluminum fittings.
Easy to Coil
Flexzilla garden hose doesn’t fight you when coiling it. And, zero memory means the sprinkler stays put without twisting.
Drinking Water Safe
The flexible hybrid polymer inner tube material is drinking water safe.
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|Hose Length||50 ft.||50 ft.||3 ft.||50 ft.||50 ft.||25 ft.|
|Hose I.D.||5/8 in.||5/8 in.||5/8 in.||5/8 in.||1/2 in.||1/4 in.|
|Fittings||3/4 in. - 11 1/2 GHT||3/4 in. - 11 1/2 GHT||3/4 in. - 11 1/2 GHT||3/4 in. - 11 1/2 GHT||3/4 in. - 11 1/2 GHT||M22|
|Hose Material||Flexible Hybrid Polymer||Flexible Hybrid Polymer||Flexible Hybrid Polymer||Flexible Hybrid Polymer||Flexible Hybrid Polymer||Flexible Hybrid Polymer|
|Weight||8 lb.||8 lb.||0.8 lb.||8 lb.||3.3 lb.||2.25 lb.|
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EXTRMELY DURABLE – Durable and abrasion-resistant outer cover and crush resistant anodized aircraft aluminum fittings
From the Manufacturer
Flexzilla 5/8" x 50' garden hose. Flexzilla is a revolutionary hose featuring a Premium Hybrid Polymer material that redefines flexibility. Flexzilla hose characteristics offer zero memory allowing it to lay-flat exactly where you drop it and won’t work against you during operation or coiling after use. Flexzilla offers extreme all-weather flexibility, even in sub-zero conditions. Flexzilla is currently in use by oil companies located in Alaska!
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The kind you cant expect to water
And It will always let your garden down
Like a dead snake on the street
It’ll go limp in your hand
It’s definitely not my favorite
And when you try to move it you’ll know its the wrong tool
It never aims to please
That hose is pretty kinky
That hose is super cheap!
I’d really like to return it
Every time I see it.
That hose is pretty mild now
That hose is super cheap!
I’d really like to return it
Every time I see it.
It’s not right
It’s not right
That hose is super cheap!
That hose is super cheap!
* hyperbolic seller's claims of the material which is just a PVC polymer;
* high levels of toxic chemicals (phthalates) capable of harming health;
* penetrated by heavy black mold within 3 to 4 months after installation;
* unfriendly warranty violates federal law & FTC Pre-sale Warranty rule.
By June 2020 none of the above issues have been corrected and still remain a matter of concern.
This review applies to all ZillaGreen models and lengths of Flexzilla garden hoses of Legacy Mfg. Co. (a subsidiary of Weems Industries, Iowa), which are manufactured by the Jieh-Ming Plastics Mfg. Co. in New Taipei City, Taiwan. (Thanks to D.T. for providing the real manufacturer's name.)
The kinky hose tube has at least two layers. The material of the innermost layer is described as a hybrid polymer --i.e., a substance comprising synthetic polymers and inorganic or organic components, or both-- whose undisclosed components are claimed to be safe for water drinking, while no information is provided on the material(s) of the other layer(s). Nonetheless, as described below, a 2016 laboratory analysis found, in ALL layers, a high concentration of multiple chemical additives used to make PVC flexible, so the hose has considerable amounts of PVC throughout the entire tube wall. Thus, the so-called "premium hybrid polymer" is just but a PVC compound, as also indicated by the detected levels of chlorine.
In general, a hose without PVC is much less likely to contain toxic contaminants like heavy metals, flame retardants, or phthalates than one with PVC, especially if the PVC were recycled. I was unable to find any verifiable evidence supporting the sales pitch that this hose is water-drinking safe. Curiously, even at the time of writing this update, neither the Legacy nor the Flexzilla website show such evidence. Despite this, in replying to a 2017 query on water potability of the Customer Q&A section, Legacy claims "the hose meets or exceeds the standards set by the National Sanitation Foundation" (see amzn%2Eto/2LCiKT6).
Such foundation, a testing/certifying body whose name was changed to NSF International some 30 years ago (!), does not have at the time of this writing either Legacy or Weems in its database of certified companies, nor a certified product with the brand name Flexzilla. Since such claim could also mean that the hose was analyzed by a laboratory against the NSF/ANSI-61 water standard, however, I did a web search for Flexzilla test reports over the last few years as the result of such a test normally would be valid for only one year. Alas, I did not find the claimed results. What I found was the _Garden Hose Study 2016_ of the Ecology Center (Michigan), which analyzed many hoses including a 50-ft Flexzilla, whose material is just described as PVC. Multiple phthalates were found in ALL layers of this hose with the aid of an IR spectroscope (minimum detection limit of about 1% by mass). Contrary to Legacy's claims of safety, the hose was rated HIGH for phthalates and received the negative evaluation of 'high overall level of concern' [see test results figure]. This is bad news to those planning to use a Flexzilla hose for water drinking, watering vegetables and, especially, letting children play with it.
Short for ortho-phthalates, they are chemical plasticizers used to soften the PVC's vinyl and make it flexible, as it is brittle and rigid without plasticizers. These additives are not chemically bonded to the PVC and can easily leach from the polymer. They are anti-androgenic disruptors of hormonal function targeting the male reproductive system, so --depending on concentration-- exposure to phthalates is a health risk incurred with some flexible plastic things like this hose (but not others, like drinking-water bottles, that do not use such chemicals). Following the 1999 phthalate ban in the E.U., several phthalates have been PROHIBITED in the U.S. since 2009 (15 U.S. Code § 2057c) above 0.1% in products for children under 3 years of age, and in toys for children under 12 years, while some other phthalates have been provisionally BANNED. Canada adopted similar restrictions in 2011.
The reason for this prohibition is that several epidemiological studies suggest that phthalates may increase the risk of allergic diseases (asthma, eczema) and IQ/behavioral alterations in children -- just as they are suspected of male genital defects during pregnancy, reduced sperm counts, and facilitating weight gain by affecting hormone receptors involved in metabolism. All products sold in California containing any of six phthalates or other contaminants must carry the state's Proposition 65 Warning: "this product contains one or more chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm." Even if your IP geolocation were on California, Legacy does NOT give here a Prop65 warning (e.g., an entry in this webpage Product information section, where it would link to the Amazon's page "About California Proposition 65") like transparent sellers do. A company with a sales pitch of safe drinking water doing its legal best to hide its product has "high levels" of chemicals rated as of "high overall level of concern" cannot be considered to have a transparent selling practice.
Further, some claims border on fraudulence -- in 2017 Legacy replied to query in the Q&A section by saying the hose is "phathalate [sic] free" (see amzn%2Eto/2D5xQjT) notwithstanding the fact that it was public knowledge from at least one year before such reply that phthalates are detected in high concentration in all layers of the hose. Parsimoniously, the misleading reply and the fact that it has still not been corrected can be considered as deceptive. Because heat increases the leaching of additives --with phthalates leached from the tube's innermost layer reaching the water, and those from the outermost layer accumulating on the hose surface-- it is left to one's imagination what is the exposure risk in the image that Legacy shows here of a child (it was a toddler in a previous version) drinking from the PVC hose held in his hand out in the sun.
BLACK MOLD INFESTATION
About four months after I installed the lead-in hose (connected to a hose reel and kept dry off the grass or any other wet surface), it began developing black mold. This is shown in a picture taken after rubbing the hose with a paper towel to remove dirt -- for comparison purposes, the figure's inset shows the same hose when it was installed. This is neither a rare nor an isolated case, as proved by the number of reviews complaining of mold.
Plasticized PVC is susceptible to fungal attack because the plasticizers can serve as a nitrogen or carbon source for fungal species. A mold-infested object represents a health risk. Mold not only can produce mycotxins, but it also releases millions of spores, small enough to be air- or water-borne, causing lung, ocular, and skin reactions in those sensitive to them. At least for several plasticizers, mold can cause degradation and deterioration of the plastic, making it brittle and allowing mold to penetrate even deeper. This is not new information: such susceptibility and biodeterioration are known since WWII. Of course, mold infestation of the inner surface of the hose is a MAJOR water-safety risk.
I contacted Legacy and a Tech Support agent informed me, with the polite laconism recommended in cross-examinations, that Legacy does not offer a solution for getting rid of the fungus. After pressing the issue, I was told "no mold was found in the innermost surface of a moldy hose" that Legacy had dissected, but, curiously, neither such dissection nor its results are publicly available. With a so-called "magic" melamine sponge I could remove some mold stains on the surface, but not others that were deeper. This cleaning does not solve deeper fungal growth, which may reach the inner tube surface, and is only a temporary cosmetic fix: the mold returns even when the hose has been removed from the spigot and kept without contact with water -- this is shown in my third picture, taken some months after removing the hose and keeping it dry in the garage once the mold began to reappear after the cleaning (the hose was hung in position for the purpose of taking the picture).
In 2017 Legacy began to offer a limited lifetime warranty instead of a one-year one. But what are the terms of the warranty is a matter of confusion. Despite the lifetime warranty claim for garden hoses, the official looking "Legacy Product Warranty Statement" --available in PDF format via the Warranty link in the Product Information section above only for the 50-ft and 75-ft hoses-- unambiguously declares in pidgin legalese that ALL garden hoses, which fall under the "All Other Legacy Products" category, have a limited warranty of ONE year from the date of purchase, instead of a lifetime. Now, for other hose lengths, this warranty link does not yield a copy of the warranty, providing instead an Amazon email address to request it. At the time of writing, however, Amazon does not have the copy, and neither the Flexzilla nor the Legacy websites disclose the terms.
This weird, dissociative mix of some hoses having two simultaneous warranties of different duration, and yet other hoses not having available warranties, amounts to a festival of non-compliance with the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C. §2301 et seq.), the federal law governing consumer product warranties, and with the FTC Rule on Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms (16 C.F.R. Part 702).
It is a byzantine way to provide a warranty that, over an unclear duration, would repair or replace (in a penny-pinching, customer unfriendly manner) a defective hose if --and only if-- it were first shipped to an authorized Warranty Service Center with transportation charges prepaid, along with proof of purchase date and the original retail label. You would think that, in addition to the overt distrust of clients implicit in these requirements, the company does not have much confidence in the quality of their product: Compared to the warranty of lighter and water-safer hoses than this one, its warranty terms are not simply draconian but --due to the onus of having to prepay shipping of a hose that can weigh up to 15 lbs for 100 ft-- also costly.
According to Legacy, but not legally affirmed by judicial opinion, the infestation by black mold is not covered by warranty -- tough luck for those customers who bought hoses that became Moldy Black. (I bet the company will not put a trademark for such a color.) It is censurable that Legacy imitates the three legendary Japanese monkeys, albeit changing the proverb to SEE NO MOLD, HEAR NO MOLD, SPEAK NO MOLD. It is fair to conclude this company considers the Moldy Black defect too frequent to be covered by its unfriendly penny-pinching warranty.
Very very supple, very light.
Nice o-rings in the ends
Easy tighten and remove
And it's not magic, it's a hose.
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My thanks in anticipation ....
1. Lightweight - Yes, very, and the best feature I like about this hose.
2. No memory and lays flat - Bullcrap! Despite me unwinding the full length of this hose many times, it still retains coil memory and it does not lay flat.
3. Will not kink under pressure - Bullcrap! Because it retains coil memory, it kinks to the point of cutting off the water flow—even when I am careful to keep it unwound and work with it to avoid kinking. In the photos where you see a kink the pressure in the hose is 50 psi.
4. Durable exterior - Yes, I expect it will be durable. No issues yet.
5. Aircraft Aluminum Ends Avoid Crushing - Yes, I've run over an end with my car wheel and it did not crush.
6. Flexibility down to -40F (-40C) - I don't know about that, but is remained flexible for me down to -24C (-11.2F).
7. Doesn’t ﬁght you when you coil it - Oh yes it does. Even when I unwind it its full length and coil it up. Its coil memory puts up a fight.
In the photo with the hose fully laid out, it took me 18 minutes to get it that way. It looks like it is laying flat, but there is coil memory in the hose. It's really a pain in the butt to use because of its coil memory and kinking issues. But because it's very lightweight and I have some physical limitations, I'll keep it just for that reason alone.
Once you've gone lime green....you'll never go back! This hose doesn't kink no matter what you do. They do lose their colour but no big deal... They just become less noticeable. This is one of those rare products you find that you just love and won't buy anything else. I have a dozen older regular hoses that will all be replaced with Flexilla hoses as they fail (which they all will). This hose is the only true no-kink hose on the marked that I have found so far. The big box store hoses are all junk..I've thrown out many hoses in the last 15 years because they leaked or kinked up so bad they were unusable. Buy a hose once for a little more $$, or buy them every couple of years for less and see which way is better for you.
This was a big purchase for me, I would NEVER usually spend $75 on a hose, but we re-seeded our backyard this year and I needed a hose that was going to hold up to daily watering for up to a month. Enter: Flexzilla.
I never thought I would love a hose, but I love this hose! It is soft and pliable. The ends (where it attaches to the house/the sprinkler) twist easily and I find that they are easier than normal hoses to attach to the house (I quite often have to get my husband to do this part - not anymore!)
This hose still ends up in knots sometimes (because I just gather it up and drag it) but it does not kink. I have dragged this hose daily from front to back lawn and although the hose looks a little scuffed from dragging on the driveway, it is still in perfect condition. This hose feels really thick and flexible compared to any other garden hose.
I cannot recommend this hose enough. I love the color - it's easy to spot (No way would my husband accidentally run this hose over with a lawnmower!) and it truly does not kink. If you're in the market for a GOOD hose that is easy to use and will last you for years, this is that hose. I have discovered that in the case of garden hoses, you get what you pay for. This hose was worth every penny (truly!) and I'm hoping to purchase another one next year so that I have one for the front yard and one for the back.
It was too short for my needs so I had to return it, but it is of exceptional quality!
I would definitely buy this for a future home.
No memory means it doesn't want to lay this way or that way.
It will lie flat as you wish it to.
Drinking water safe means it's produced with no harmful chemicals.
What kid hasn't taken a drink from the hose on a hot summer day?
I can't imagine all the lovely chemicals we were drinking up in the 80's.
The Flexzilla is everything those hoses were not. It is the nearly perfect hose. It's soft, easily flung about, and doesn't try to curl up into a ball. Money well spent.
I purchased another 50 foot length of hose for when I need to reach the further ends of the yard as a result of this experience. The longer the hose the less the flow of water, so I rather attach the extra length when I really need to. Something to keep in mind if using a pressure washer on lower pressure well water supplies.
The quality of the materials is impressive - I've caught it on numerous things (stones, the deck, etc..) and so far no damage. I've also found that so far it rarely kinks which is more than the supposed no-kink rivals I've tried.
The hose is heavier by the nature of its construction and it can be a little unwieldy until you get the hang of handling it - but so far I thoroughly recommend spending the extra and getting a Flexzilla!
The timers all leaked badly over time and started malfunctioning and even died.
So I thought, why not hookup my soaker line straight to my water spigot?
So I bought this 3 foot hose, hooked to my spigot and the other end to the soaker line with a coupler.
Guess what? No leaks. No programming. No batteries. No electronics. No dead timers. No taking it apart each year.
Now I just turn on my soaker line manually. I’m home when it’s on, so there’s no water accidents. Then I turn it off later.
Why didn’t I think of this earlier?
Timer boxes are cheap. $25 to $75. They are low grade quality And of course all will have issues. Get this 3 foot hose coupler instead.