Platypus Big Zip SL Hands-Free Hydration System
|Price:||$34.95 - $36.95|
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FEATURES of the Platypus Big Zip SL Hydration System Secure, easy, wide-opening SlideLock closure Taste-and BPA-free Tough, dual-layer construction Slime Guard antimicrobial treatment Quick-Release Hose 90° Shutoff valve Two-piece, easy-clean HyperFlow bite valve The SPECS 1.8 liter Dimension: 7.25 x 14.75" / 18.5 x 37.5 cm Weight: 60 oz / 1.8 liter The SPECS for 2.0 liter Dimension: 7.25 x 14.75" / 18.5 x 37.5 cm Weight: 70 oz / 2.0 liter The SPECS for 3.0 liter Dimension: 7.25 x 14.75" / 18.5 x 37.5 cm Weight: 100 oz / 3.0 liter
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I'm not sure I love the zip-top closure- the Camelbak's twist-on closure felt more secure. I do like the on/off mechanism of the mouthpiece though. You just twist the mouthpiece. The Camelbak has a little lever that I could never remember what position was open and what was closed. Compared to the Camelbak, the bladder isn't as pliable, but I don't feel a difference when the backpack is on my back.
If you're going to be using this in a Camelbak pack, know that the top (where the closure is) is just a little bit too wide, so you'll have to angle it in order to close the backpack. There's no hook on top to keep it upright in your pack. Problem solved- I took the cheapy hose clip from the Platypus (it's the type of clip you'd use to clip a work ID badge to your shirt) and used that to clip the top of the bag to the loop in the Camelbak. You could also do this with a zip tie or a velcro strip.
All in all, I'm happier with the Platypus than I was with the Camelbak bladder, mostly because the water tastes so much better. Even my dog refused to drink the Camelbak water on a hot day, it tasted so bad. Now we're both a lot happier. I'll give an update if this changes so you'll have an idea of how long this bladder will last.
As for the pouch itself, the sealing clip worked perfectly every time, the pouch was drip and leak-free. I usually had to fill the pouch from a bathtub spout or shower head, which was not a problem. The only time I actually used all three liters, and also a one liter bottle and a liter of Gatorade purchased along the way, was during a twenty-three mile uphill from King City to Ft. Hunter Liggett on a 108° day!
So glad I did not have to stop and fool with a canteen or water bottle every time I wanted a swig! Great product.
Yes I hiked the A.T. in 2014
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