The Hydration Summit was a month long content explosion about hydration, hydration systems as well as the dangers of dehydration and untreated water. Much of the Summit revolved around the major hydration systems on the market including GeigerRig, CamelBak, Platypus and Osprey (and a few more were mentioned as well). We had 15 popular outdoor bloggers sharing their expertise and experience as it relates to hydration in the outdoors. The result of this grand experiment was an amazing collection of stories, reviews and instructional articles that all of us who spend time in the backcountry would find useful.
For my part, I contributed 3 total articles: A four system comparison of hydration reservoirs, a treatise on the signs and symptoms of waterborne illness and how to treat it, and a product review of the PurifiCup water filter.
The reservoir comparison review required that I actually have all four of the systems I was to review (clearly). I had all but the Platypus, so I purchased the Platypus for the review.
The Platypus reservoir is a top-opening design with a Zip-Loc style closure. The reservoir is clear and has measurement markings along the side to allow you to gauge the fill capacity. The drink tube is connected with a quick-coupling valve, the same valve used by all of the other major brands (which subsequently allows you to swap tubes if you prefer the drink tube and bite valve from another brand). The top-opening design, we all determined, was the easiest for filling and cleaning the reservoirs. I did not use the nozzle (bite valve) but I have heard from others that it is their favorite and one of the easiest to drink from. For more info on the nozzle, check out Paul’s article here.
Check out this review from RamblinBears–
This specific Platypus was the 70 oz (2.0 L) Big Zip SL Reservoir. It retails for about $33.
Since I have many (MANY) more reservoirs that I could ever need, I am going to give this one away!
I will be giving this away with all the original packaging. The reservoir is USED as it has had water in it and has gone through some very mild abuse in testing it’s durability and functionality for the review. The drink tube and nozzle has never even been attached to the reservoir (I removed it as soon as I brought it home). I will ship the reservoir as soon as I confirm the winner. Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. THANKS!
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