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Flexzilla HFZG550YW Garden Lead-In Hose 5/8 In. x 50 ft, Heavy Duty, Lightweight, Drinking Water Safe

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  • Extremely flexible – Our distinctive green hoses are built from a special polymer blend that allows for all-weather flexibility, even in subzero temperatures (-40° to 140°F), making it easy to use in the harshest conditions
  • Extremely durable – Purpose built to handle any industry and environment. Abrasion resistant outer cover and crush resistant anodized aircraft aluminum fittings means this hose is always ready to work
  • Won't kink under pressure – Our hoses are made from a special hybrid polymer that is memoryless, meaning it will lay flat, resist kinks, and can coil easily, making them a breeze to put away
  • Leak free and drinking water safe - Each garden hose contains superior O-rings, ensuring a long lasting and leak free connection. Our hybrid polymer is lead-free, making all hoses drinking water safe
  • Lightweight - Lighter than traditional garden hoses making Flexzilla easier to carry and maneuver around the yard
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HFZG550YW - Flexzilla Garden Hose HFZG550YWS - Flexzilla SwivelGrip Garden Hose HFZG503YWS - Flexzilla SwivelGrip Garden Lead-in Hose HFZC550BRS - Colors Garden Hose featuring SwivelGrip HFZG12050QN - Flexzilla Garden Hose Kit with Quick Connect Attachments HFZPW3425M - Flexzilla Pressure Washer Hose
Color ZillaGreen ZillaGreen ZillaGreen Brown Mulch ZillaGreen ZillaGreen
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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Flexzilla® Garden Hose, 5/8" x 50', 3/4" - 11 1/2 GHT Fittings

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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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Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2018
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Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2017
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1.0 out of 5 stars PVC composite hose with high PHTHALATES content, rapidly invaded by BLACK MOLD
By Abbe on May 6, 2017
TL; DNR
* hyperbolic touting of the hose material that is simply a PVC compound;
* has high phthalates levels, toxic chemicals capable of disrupting health;
* extensively attacked by black mold just a few months after installation;
* its unfriendly warranty currently violates federal law & FTC Presale rule.

UPDATE

By March 2021 none of the HEALTH RISK ISSUES have been corrected and still remain a matter of concern.
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My review applies to all ZillaGreen models and lengths of Flexzilla garden hoses distributed by Weems Industries Inc., d/b/a Legacy Mfg. Co. The hoses are made by Jieh-Ming Plastics, a Taiwanese manufacturing company --also d/b/a Mr. Hose (Taiwan), and Jieh-Ming Polymer Materials Co. Ltd. (China) -- that specializes in hose production and PVC compounding; the company has been listed as a buyer of recycled plastic scrap as well. (My thanks to D.T. for help in verifying the manufacturer's name.)

MATERIAL

The body of this kinky hose has three layers. The material of the innermost one is described as a hybrid polymer (that is, a substance comprising synthetic polymers and inorganic or organic components, or both), whose undisclosed components are touted to be safe for water drinking. No information is given on the materials of the other layers. However, as described below, a 2016 laboratory analysis detected in *all* layers high concentrations of chemical additives used for making PVC flexible, so the hose has PVC throughout its entire tube wall. Their touted "special polymer blend" is therefore just a compound of PVC, the most environmentally damaging plastic, as also indicated by the chlorine concentration of ~330,000 ppm that the analysis found in each of the three layers.

WATER SAFETY

By and large, hoses without PVC are less likely to contain toxic contaminants, such as heavy metals, flame retardants or phthalates, than hoses with PVC, particularly if the PVC were recycled. I was unable to find verifiable evidence in the Web, including the Legacy and the Flexzilla websites, supporting the sales pitch that this hose is water-drinking safe. Despite this, replying to a 2017 query about water potability in the Q&A section, Legacy claims that "the hose meets or exceeds the standards set by the National Sanitation Foundation" (see amzn.to/2LCiKT6).

Currently, such foundation --a testing and certifying group whose name changed to NSF International about 30 years ago (!)-- does not a certified product with the brand name Flexzilla listed in its database. As their claim could've also meant the hose was analyzed against the NSF/ANSI-61 water standard by a third-party laboratory, I did a further Web search for any Flexzilla test report over the last decade, reports that are typically valid for only 12 months. Alas, I did not find the claimed results. What I found, however, was the _Garden Hose Study 2016_ of the Ecology Center (Michigan), which analyzed many hoses including a 50-ft Flexzilla, whose material is just labeled "PVC". Using an IR spectroscope with a minimum detection limit of ~1% by mass, the analysis detected multiple phthalate species (suggesting a *recycled* PVC) in all the layers of the hose. Contrary to Legacy's claims of safety, the Flexzilla hose was rated "HIGH" for phthalates, receiving the negative rating of a "high overall level of concern" (see the ratings in one of my figures). This is bad news to those planning to use a Flexzilla hose for water drinking, watering vegetables, or letting children play with it.

PHTHALATES

Short for ortho-phthalates, they are chemical plasticizers used to soften the PVC's vinyl and make it flexible since it is brittle and rigid without plasticizers. These additives are water soluble and not chemically bonded, so they easily leach from the PVC in water. They can disrupt hormonal function, affecting children --both in utero and born-- as well as adults. 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 these chemicals. Following the 1999 'repro-toxic' phthalate ban in the E.U., several phthalates became *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 toys for children under 12 years, and some other phthalates were provisionally *banned*. Canada adopted similar restrictions in 2011.

The reason for the prohibition was that a number of epidemiological studies indicate that phthalates may increase the risk of allergic illnesses (asthma, eczema) and IQ/behavioral alterations in children, and produce pubertal breast changes in girls and boys -- just as they are also considered the cause of male genital defects during pregnancy and reduced sperm counts in adults, and increasing body weight and visceral fat in mice. For an up-to-date description of those issues read _[[ASIN:1982113669 Count Down]]_, a 2021 book by an eminent epidemiologist. Any product sold in California containing any of 6 phthalates (as well as many other toxic contaminants) must display that 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."

Legacy's reaction to queries in the Customer Q&A section about the presence of phthalates has ranged from ignoring them --as in a 2014 query in amzn.to/3cbugD9-- to replies that border on fraudulence, as the 2017 reply in amzn.to/2D5xQjT that the hose is "phathalate [sic] free", notwithstanding a report of phthalates are present in high concentration in the hoses was published at least a year before. Parsimoniously, that misleading reply and the fact it has not yet been corrected, can be interpreted as deceptive. Because heat increases the leaching of additives (with phthalates from the hose innermost layer mixing with the water output, and those from its outermost layer accumulating on the outer surface), it is left to one's imagination what is the exposure risk in the image that Legacy shows here of a child (it used to be of a toddler in a previous version of the page) drinking from this PVC hose held in his hand and out in the sun.

Despite Legacy's acquaintance with the Prop-65 warning, it did not provide this warning in its Amazon webpages over at least the past 7 years. Finally, perhaps relenting to criticisms of its very non-transparent selling practice, it added the warning here in 2021.

MOLD INFESTATION

About 4 months after keeping the hose off the grass or other wet surface when not in use, *black mold* began developing. This is shown in an attached picture, taken after rubbing the hose with a paper towel to remove loose dirt, whose inset shows the same hose when it was installed. The black mold infestation is neither a rare nor an isolated case, as proved by the number of Amazon-U.S. reviews complaining of it.

Handling this moldy hose leaves black, sticky stains on the hands. Any mold invaded object is a health risk since mold not only can produce mycotoxins, but release millions of spores that are small enough to be air- or water-borne, causing lung, ocular, and skin reactions in persons sensitive to them. Plasticized PVC is susceptible to fungal attack since plasticizers can serve as a nitrogen or carbon source for some fungal species and, at least for several plasticizers, the mold can degrade and deteriorate the plastic, making it brittle and allowing the mold to penetrate it even deeper -- this is not new information : this susceptibility and biodeterioration are known since WWII. Of course, mold on the inner surface of a hose is a *major* water-safety risk.

I contacted Legacy, and a Tech Support agent informed me over the phone, with the polite laconism recommended in cross-examinations, that they do not offer a solution for getting rid of the fungus. After pressing the issue, I was told that "no mold was found in the inner surface of a moldy hose" that they have dissected, but, curiously, neither the dissection nor its results were publicly available. With a so-called magic melamine sponge I could remove some black-mold stains on the surface but not others or those deeper in the tube. Cleaning the surface does not solve deeper fungal growth, which can reach the inner layers, and is only a temporary cosmetic fix : the mold returned even when the hose had been removed from the spigot and kept without further contact with water. This is shown in my third picture, taken some months after removing the hose when mold reappeared following the surface cleaning, and keeping it dry inside a garage (the hose was hung in position for the sake of taking the picture).

EXPRESS WARRANTY

In 2017 Legacy began to claim a limited lifetime warranty instead of a one-year one. What the warranty terms are, however, is a matter of confusion. The Flexzilla and Legacy websites currently do not disclose them. Further, at the time of this writing, the Product Information section has a Warranty link for the 10ft and 25ft hoses, which provides an email account to contact Amazon for a copy; when I did that, they did not have one. For the 50ft and 75ft hoses this link displays a PDF warranty unambiguously declaring in pidgin legalese that all garden hoses --which fall under its "All Other Legacy Products" category-- have a limited warranty of one year from the purchase date, as opposed to a lifetime. And for the 3ft and 5ft hoses Legacy does not even bother to put a warranty link. The dissociative mix of some hoses having two simultaneous warranties of different duration, and yet others not having even an available warranty, 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 the FTC Rule on Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms (16 C.F.R. Part 702).

Theirs is a byzantine way to provide a warranty that over a weirdly unclear duration would repair or replace a defective hose if, and only if, it were first shipped "with transportation charges prepaid" to an authorized Warranty Service Center along with a proof of purchase date and the original retail label. One could think that, in addition to the overt distrust of clients implicit in these requirements, Legacy has very little confidence in the quality of the Taiwanese hoses they sell : compared to the warranties of hoses that are water-drinking safer than theirs, the terms are not only draconian but also costly due to the onus of having to prepay shipping for a hose that can weigh up to ~11 lbs (75 ft). Meh.

According to Legacy, but not legally affirmed by a judicial opinion, the infestation of black mold is not covered by warranty -- tough luck for those customers who bought hoses that became Moldy Black. (I do 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, and is fair to conclude that it considers the Moldy Black defect too frequent to be covered even by its unfriendly penny-pinching warranty.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2016
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1.0 out of 5 stars Low quality materials.
By JS on June 24, 2016
Junk. After one year of use, the crimped end has failed and the hose is turning black. $79 loss.
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Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2016
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1.0 out of 5 stars Started out great, but went downhill fast.
By J. R. Mason on October 19, 2016
Covered in black mold within 18 mos. Was moldy inside of 3 mos and has gotten progressively worse to the point that it's more black than green. Bought three of these--going in the trash soon.
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Kevin Sibley
3.0 out of 5 stars THIS HOSE DOES NOT MEET ALL ITS CLAIMS IN THE AD.
Reviewed in Canada on May 3, 2020
Style: 5/8" (inches)Verified Purchase
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3.0 out of 5 stars THIS HOSE DOES NOT MEET ALL ITS CLAIMS IN THE AD.
Reviewed in Canada on May 3, 2020
I'm 59-yrs old and have owned many hoses in my lifetime. I'm also an engineer and a landscape designer/builder. I know how to use a hose properly. I bought this hose based on the claims in the ad, paying a premium over other high-end hoses. I've owned and used a 5/8" Dia. - 100ft. length of this hose for about 3 months. Here is my experience related to the claims made:
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.
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BlueCat
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Hose but it NOW needs the perfect connectors...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2017
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Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Can you love a new hose? Yes.
Reviewed in Canada on July 2, 2019
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EmmSaRich
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny.
Reviewed in Canada on June 10, 2018
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LalaBee
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Hose
Reviewed in Canada on January 15, 2019
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