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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (411 customer reviews)
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Platypus Hoser Hydration Reservoir
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- The Hoser comes in four handy sizes to fit practically any hydration pack or replace any hydration reservoir
- Taste-free as well as BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free hydration reservoir with hanging loop. Embedded silver-ion protects bottle from mold and bacteria.
- Hydration hose with lapel clip and Hyperflow bite valve makes it easy to drink on the go. The hydration drink tube is easy to route through the smallest of hydration pack openings.
- Food-grade liner with rugged exterior make this hydration bladder clear, pliable and durable
- Made in U.S.A. of U.S. and Imported Materials
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 5 x 9 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.3 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.3 pounds|
|Liquid Volume||33.8 Fluid Ounces|
|Material Type||BPA-feee plastic| SlimeGuard treatment|
|Shipping Weight||0.7 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
Simple, lightweight hydration system. The Hoser hydration system is a light, versatile hydration system that has become a backcountry classic. It has a simple, durable design that is practical for any activity and it comes in four handy sizes to fit practically any pack.
Top Customer Reviews
A 1-liter bottle stays the same size, this collapses.
The suction required is easier than with a hard-walled container.
It weighs less than Nalgene (obviously not as tough, though).
It packs into neat stuff (more below).
Spare containers are easier to pack/manage.
I've used these in hip carriers and backpacks, but my favorite use is in a Maxpedition Proteus Versipack. I can easily cram a full 1L plus .7L in a second one in, with the optional cap assembly. Swapping just required switching the tube end between bladders. I use Nalgene externally because it's tougher. I can sling a 1L Nalgene under the handle, using the cap keeper to keep it in place. That's a fair amount of water - 2.7L. Why bother? A back rig keeps my back sweaty. The Proteus is compact, and I like the weight distribution. This is for hiking! Yikes, a Camel on a bike! ;-)
When I starred all this I didn't find these. Now they're the only stuff I use. And 3 fit into a rolypoly backpack. Nothing beats redundancy.
My only minor complaint is the more rigid top portion where the whole is, for hanging or easier carrying I assume. It does take a bit of effort to flex this enough to get it into the frame bag but it is manageable.
I did have to extend the drinking tube for my needs but my project was a little above and beyond. I also replaced the bite valve with a Camelbak but that was more personal preference, the supplied one works just fine.
Took off one star for the cleaning - these are impossible to truly dry out and that weirds me out. I rinse them with vinegar periodically to clean up anything funky and if I have to use as a filter bag I will use bleach solution to clean. So far so ill effects or problems with the bag after doing this.
I already used the Platy soft bottles for other things but using this for the complete hydration system is a no-brainier. I cannot stress enough how sensitive i am to the chemical taste, with this, there simply is none! not a little, not just a barely noticeable amount... NONE! when you're done you just roll it up and it weighs close to nothing as well.
Only down side is that without baffles it will turn into a cylinder when completely full, so watch out for that for comfort sake, or just fill it less. I still recommend it whole heartedly.
Not pictured is a clip on the hose to clip onto your backpack strap or onto your clothes, whatever you prefer. It's a fairly solid clip, did not slide around at all during the event I was participating in.
Filling it up was a lot easier than I had anticipated, in light of all the reviews. I used a brita filter into a water pitcher, and held the platypus by the bottle/reinforced opening to pour in the water. Just hold everything in the air over the sink and pour carefully- you won't spill if you're careful and can avoid the platypus escaping due to slickness of grip. (yeah yeah)
The hose screws on securely with no leaks, even at full capacity smashed into my pack.
I gave the item a quick pre-rinse prior to use, and noticed a slightly sweetish tang to the water while I drank it. It's much better than other highly rubberized tastes, and if the water had been cold I wouldn't have noticed the flavor at all. I'm fairly sure this will fade out over time.
I took away a star due to the item being a hassle to refill; you have to remove the entire bladder in order to refill it. Also, it takes a while to dry out the inside, and the hose will always have water (If you fling it around your head in an open area it'll force the water out due to centrifugal forces, but you'll look silly in the process.) Read some other reviews for better upkeep ideas, as I've just use this item once, however my experience has been overall positive.