Platypus Big Zip Hydration System Giveaway…

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.

Platypus Big Zip hydration system

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.

Platypus Big Zip hydration systemThe abridged version of my 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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Hydration Summit – Week 4…

Hydration Summit

Last week was the final week of the Hydration Summit.  Hopefully you’ve been following along and keeping track.  If you’re just find this post, you can see what the Hydration Summit is all about through my recaps of Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3 or just go to the Hydration Summit directly and pick up some great information about hydration in the outdoors.  This has really turned in to a useful collection of tips and education about how to safely stay hydrated when exploring the outdoors.

June 25th-

Terry chimes in from across The Pond and gives us his review of the GeigerRig Hydration System.  He addresses his concerns with pushing water too quickly through the in-line filter arguing that it will reduce the effectiveness of the filtration process.  He also gives some simple tips for cleaning your non-GeigerRig hydration reservoirs (it’s really not that tough folks).

I led off mentioning Whitney’s review in last week’s post.  Make sure you check out her in-depth video review of the big 4 hydration systems.  She shows us a nice side-by-side comparison of the GeigerRig, CamelBak, Platypus and Osprey systems and gives us her pros and cons of each.

June 26th-

Our good buddy Adam breaks down the use of the GeigerRig Hydration Engine in various off-brand backpacks.  He tosses his 3L GeigerRig in to 3 different packs (the REI Alpine, REI Flash 18 and the Ultralight Adventure Equipment Catalyst) and shows us how each one worked to accommodate the two hose system and pump.

Jake looks at hydration supplements from the manufacturers point of view with his interview of Steve Born the Senior Technical Advisor for Hammer Nutrition.  Find out how a company looks at hydration from a marketing, R&D and manufacturing standpoint and see what Steve has to say about hydration.

 June 27th-

Our official South American correspondent, Paul, offers his review of the GegierRig 700 backpack and Hydration Engine.  He’s had his pack all over Bolivia from hiking high mountains in the Andes to trudging through thick rain forests to biking down the most dangerous road in South America.  His time with the pack in so many different conditions has led him to a very detailed review.

Katie brings us part 2 of her interview with hydration expert John Seifert.  This time she asks John about how to increase the effectiveness of water for hydration and how flavored drinks may improve hydration.  Go check it out.

June 28th-

On the final day of the Hydration Summit I submitted a quick, abridged version of the review I’m working on for the PurifiCup Water Filter.  I pulled some lab data from a review done by The Omega Man, showing how the filter worked in eliminating solids, color, chlorine and the ability of the nanosilver membrane to kill bacteria.

Hendrik closes the Hydration Summit with a exploration of where hydration technology might be headed.  He delves into some conceptual ideas and offers some very possible advances in the way we use hydration systems.  Some of his very right-now ideas include apps that remind you to hydrate and reservoir monitoring tied to a watch or phone to let you know how much fluid you have left.  It’s a thought provoking article that gets you thinking about where the technology might be in 5, 10…20 years.

What advancements would you like to see in the hydration system technology?

Winners of the GeigerRig Hydration Packs will be announced some time in the next couple of days.  So if you participated in the Summit, stay tuned for information about who won.

Hydration Summit – Week 3…

Hydration Summit

Week 3 of the Hydration Summit has come to a close and we’ve got some great new material!  Last week we got in to some great discussions about how hydration needs change as you get old and tips for keeping your kids hydrated.  We also some new perspectives on the hydration systems themselves.  If you are just discovering the Hydration Summit, check out my round-ups of Week 1 and Week 2 then get involved!

June 18th -

Tiffany looks at the GeigerRig pressurized hydration engine from a new angle…what does it offer as a camp tool?  How many jobs would be easier at camp with a little water pressure?  From sharing water, to cleaning, to putting out fires…a good spray of water can be very useful.  Check out her article and chime in with your thoughts on how you would use a pressurized system at camp.

We also got a nice review from Melissa, looking at the GeigerRig as a Family Friendly hydration system.  She looks at how effective the spray technology is in sharing and caring for the entire family on the trail.

June 19th -

Ever the Boy Scout, Adam takes a look at the history and importance of hydration in the Boy Scouts of America.  He takes us back to his early days in the Scouts when old surplus canteens were all the rage.  Now, with hydration system technology so easily acquired, keeping the Scouts hydrated is a less daunting task for Scout Leaders and parents.

Ryan offers us a nice breakdown of the hydration systems and compares them by taste.  Those of you have have been using hydration systems for a while are very familiar with the odd, plastic-y chemical flavor your water absorbs in the reservoir…especially after sloshing around all afternoon.  Adding flavored, sugar drinks like GatorAid also can leave a residual flavor and odor in the reservoir. Ryan takes a look at which brands are the least offensive and gives some tips on how to reduce the offensive flavoring…hint: keep it clean!

June 20th -

We are seeing a huge increase in the over-50 set exploring and enjoying the outdoors.  On my hike up to Kendrick Peak, I would say that the large majority of the people I saw on the trail that day were well over 50.  Many of us have learned to enjoy the outdoors from our parents and quite a few of us still get to enjoy their company on our adventures.  The importance of hydration is amplified for those more experienced explorers and adventurers.  The body’s ability to recover and deal with outside stressers, like dehydration, is diminished with age.  Erika covers this topic well in her article on Hydration for Adventurers over Fifty.

Brian takes his GeigerRig 1600 for a spin and has a chance to test out the main advantages of having a pressurized system.  He walks us through using the GeigerRig to irrigate a wound, wash dishes at camp and share with his awesome trail pal, Coco.

June 21st -

We bounce from worrying about our parents’ hydration needs to considering the hydration of our children in Melissa’s article.  She discusses the factors, besides heat, that can cause dehydration in children then discusses ways to monitor your child and make sure they stay sufficiently watered down.

Katie’s review is a no-nonsense look at whether or not the pressurized system is really all that necessary.  For those of us who have used the traditional systems and the pressurized systems, it’s obvious that there are some benefits…but does it really become a necessity?  Go read Katie’s article for yourself and let us know what you think.

Week4!

Week four is kicked off with another 4-system comparison, this time by Whitney.  Be sure to check out Whitney’s video review of the four different hydration systems.  I agree with her criticism of the Osprey’s tube attachment…I really wish it was a quick-release tube like the others.  About 5 1/2 minutes in she discusses the GeigerRig’s in-line filter and demonstrates it’s use.  (about 12:15 into the video Whitney admits to being a “weirdo”….her words, not mine! hehe)

Go check out the Hydration Summit and keep checking back since new content is being added every day!  Make sure you register and join in the conversation for a chance to win a GeigerRig Hydration System of your own.

 

Hydration Summit – Week 2…

Hydration Summit

The Hydration Summit has wrapped up Week 2 of some dynamic conversation about the health, science and gear revolving around the subject of hydration.  Last week I did a wrap up of all the articles from Week 1, so this week will get the same treatment!  I hope you guys have been following along, if not…what are you waiting for??

June 11th -

I kicked off Week 2 with an article describing the signs and symptoms of waterborne illness and discuss the importance of staying hydrated.  Check out the article for some tips to mitigate the symptoms and an easy Oral Rehydration Solution.

June 12th -

Amy delves in to the question of whether or not a pressurized hydration system is all it’s cracked up to be.  She discusses the pros and cons of dealing with a pressurized system in the field.  It certainly has some benefits, the ability to spray water under pressure can be useful.  But is it really easier, or better, when you just want a drink?

Brian also posted his article comparing filtering techniques.  He offers up the question: Would you rather drink water from the source or pump your water and carry it?  The technology exists to carry a small, direct use filter that would allow you to stop at any spring, stream or river for a quick drink without having to lug all that water around.  But what about those of us that don’t usually have the opportunity to hike near reliable water sources?  Check out Brian’s article  and make sure you read the discussion that follows.

June 13th -

The famous Katie Boué had the opportunity to discuss hydration with one of the leading experts in the field.  She interviews John Seifert of Montana State University who has been studying hydration and it’s related fields for nearly 3 decades.  Katie talks with John about hydration and how it effects bodily processes.  It seems like such a simple thing, but it’s amazing how much water (or the lack of water) governs how our body and mind functions.

June 14th -

Our resident Camp Mom, Tiffany, posted her review of the GEIGERRIG Hydration packs and talks about teaching kids to share using a pressurized system.  She talks about using the spray-system with her kids to wash cuts, cool down, clean up and hydrate.

Gumption Ryan made a good showing as well with a huge comparison of hydration enhancing supplements.  He touches on the importance of hydration and what dehydration can do to you.  Then we get a candid discussion of many of the gels, liquids, powders and tablets available to make hydrating easier and more flavorful.  See which products he personally believes has the Gumption to get the job done.

June 15th -

Jake drops another awesome 4-system comparison on us, this time with a cool video review.  Jake takes a look at the different hydration systems using specific criteria:

  1. Ease of filling (water, ice cubes, powder, etc)
  2. Ease of filling on the go (from little trickles of streams, with filters, etc)
  3. Water accessibility
  4. Ease of cleaning
  5. Use in high aerobic activities

Week 3 opened up today with another great post from Tiffany discussing using hydration packs at camp.  We also get another GEIGERRIG review from Melissa looking at the system from a family friendly point of view.

More great stuff to come this week so keep watching!  And don’t forget to register and get involved in the discussion for your chance to win a GEIGERRIG Hydration System of your own!