Source Outdoor Widepac Hydration System Reservoir with Helix Bite Valve
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- Hydration reservoir with wide opening for easy filling, cleaning, draining, and ice insertion
- Taste-free reservoir with maintenance-free Glass Like liner prevents bio-film build-up
- Grunge Guard Technology inhibits bacteria growth on the reservoir and drinking tube surfaces
- Rounded Helix bite valve delivers a full flow with just a soft bite; built-in safety shutoff mechanism
- Slide closure with airtight seal; 1.5-liter capacity (50 ounces)
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|Item Dimensions||2 x 6 x 14 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.45 pounds|
The Widepac hydration bladder from Source Outdoor features a wide opening for easy filling, cleaning, draining, and ice insertion. Available in three different sizes ranging from 1.5 to 3-liter capacity. Source's glass-like film is smoother than standard TPU films with virtually no difference from glass itself, preventing bio-film build up and making the system virtually self-cleaning. And the bladder retains a pure liquid taste with no plastic flavor.
Utilizing an FDA-approved and EPA-registered anti-microbial agent, Grunge Guard Technology inhibits bacteria growth on the reservoir and drinking tube surfaces for the life of the system. The Widepac comes with a co-extruded tube and rounded Helix bite valve, which delivers a full flow with just a soft bite and a safety shutoff mechanism that won't leak under pressure or with prolonged use.
The 90-degree design allows the tube to be shorter, minimizing excess tubing around your chest and creating an ideal drinking angle. It also includes a Dirt-Shield protective cover that protects the valve from valve from dirt, sand, dust, mud, and other pollution. All Source hydration systems are BPA and phthalate free.
Source has been a groundbreaker in hydration system technology and is also well known for its tactical gear and hiking sandals. Tested in the most extreme conditions, hundreds of thousands of Source hydration systems are in use in the field.
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I bought this Source Outdoors Widepack Hydration Reservoir System (Transparent Blue, 3-Litres ) to fit inside my Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack, and so far the system is working fine. I'm happy to see Amazon stocking Source products now; they weren't when I checked just a few months ago. I trust it will hold up as well as my previous Source pack, and will be sure to update this review if it doesn't.
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Fortunately the tubing seems to be the same size across all brands and so it is easy to swap the valve to whichever system you prefer. In my case that is the Camelbak Big Bite Valve hooked up to the Ergo Hydrolock. That makes for a small, angled valve that provides good flow and is tight.
So the reservoir itself is five stars, the valve 3-4.
I returned the other two because this one works the best, does not leak, locks in really tight, easy to clean, clear enough to see if there are any dirt/bacterial build up, and the quality feels better.
I was considering the ULTIMATE version, but only for the reason of the insulated tube. Then I decided to buy a separate insulator just so I can remove it to clean.
If you are seeking a reservoir that doesn't taint the taste of your water, this is not it. Despite the numerous reviews, here and in publications online, the water in this reservoir absolutely tastes like plastic. My 15-year-old camelback tastes a little cleaner than this. I do not understand why so many people are saying this results in great tasting water. It doesn't.
Furthermore, whatever they coat the interior with leaves a sticky residue on my fingers when filling / rinsing. I could be paranoid, but I feel like it even leaves a residue in my mouth. Going back to my old camelback.
Go ahead, purchase this and try it out, and leave a comment telling me I'm crazy.
I should mention that my new bag does smell a bit of plastic. When I opened the package my first thought was here we go again, but the smell must be coming from the outside because the water itself tastes fine.
I will leave discussion of the Source's unusual design to other reviewers. It works well for me but design was not my prime concern.
Searching through reviews and blog posts that led me to try a Source bag, I came to the conclusion that hydration bags are like diet drinks - a lot of people don't mind or possibly don't notice the taste, and their advice is usually to flavor the water with something or just get over it. Which explains why so many companies get away with selling products that make water taste awful. Of course all that might change if water from their products was served to their executives at meetings : ).