Great product! Very versatile and useful
It solves the problem of a water filter's tubes being too complicated to organize without contaminating the clean ones. Simply wear your Camelbak pack out into the water, and snap your mouthpiece off and snap the filter pump output hose on. Drop the dirty hose into the water and do your pumping. With this item you no longer need 5 hands to hold everything in place.
I wish the male hose adapter was available separately. (That's the part on the left in the photo above.) I need a couple more for several reasons:
- I have two water filters: a pump style in my backpack and a base camp filter that is gravity fed while unattended. I need an extra connector for that.
- This one is complicated (sorry). I am tall. That means a long torso. That means I must adjust the shoulder straps of my pack long to bring the pack down to rest properly on my hips. (That means fewer muscles must work to support and steady the pack while walking.) But that means the water tube comes up a couple inches short.
In addition, my new Camelbak hydration pack came with a real nifty right-angle mouthpiece, which I would like to keep. The filter adapter kit, however, is equipped to replace the right angle mouthpiece with a straight one. That means the hose would need to be another 4 to 6 inches longer to drink from it straight on, especially with the straight section of valve attached to it. That becomes a real hassle with that much hose and weighty gadgetry sticking out from your mouth, or swinging with your gait when not in use.
A real elegant solution to all of that would be to cut the hose about 3 or 4 inches above the right angle mouthpiece (check first with the pack on for a location that is high yet accessible), and insert the disconnect inline in the hose. That requires a hose nib on both ends of the disconnect. One extra disconnect-to-hose adapter (with hose barbs, the item on the left above) would be just the ticket.
Then the length of the valve is just enough to give me the exra hose length I need. I get to use the right angle mouthpiece. I can quick-connect to anything. While riding a bicycle, it is safer than having a pipe sticking straight out of your mouth that can be jambed back into your brain or throat if you take a spill. The weight of the valve is near your shoulder, not right at the end of a longer-than-necessary pendulum to smack you and smack you, or to get dirty. The mouthpiece adapter is no longer necessary. The unit could be used for all kinds of universal applications. And you could truthfully call me one happy camper. :-)
Make refills super simple
I bought this a few years ago and use it all the time. So much simpler to pump fresh water right back into my pack without unpacking the reservoir.
Has worked fine for years and is so simple, I'm sure it'll be fine for many years to come.
The only things to keep in mind are that it requires your pack to be close to the water source (depends on the length of the tube...I bought a long piece of tubing from the hardware store that connects this device to the output of my water filter, gives me a little more room to work with).
Secondly, keep in mind you may be blindly filling up the reservoir! When is it really full? Hard to tell... One time I filled it so much, it sprung a leak and soaked my down sleeping bag! Since, I've learned to count at home first about how many pumps it takes to fill my bladder from empty...it's at least a guess. I see a camelbak gauge device I may consider as an add-on telling me exactly how much I've filled it with (granted it works that way). Otherwise, advice is to be careful and keep your bag in a waterproof sack! I learned the hard way...
Essential for built-in water tanks
My backpacking/hiking water gear is all fitted with these adapters. I've come up with a couple of homemade gadgets that help...
My Osprey Atmos pack has a tank suspension system that works extremely well, but is hard to reach for filling. This filter coupler solves the problem, as others have described.
But what about the initial filling at home? I got a cheap sink-shower attachment (intended for washing hair in the sink). It consists of a hose, handheld shower head, and a rubber cup that fits over the kitchen sink faucet.
I discarded the shower head and attached a Camelback filter coupler tip to the hose. Now I can fill the tank at the sink without also inadvertently filling my pack with spilled water, and without pumping 2-3L of city water through my filter.
Another problem is transferring water from my backpack into another tank, like for day hiking or cooking.
For that, I cut a small piece of hose and fitted it with two coupler tips. I can connect any 2 containers and move water from one to the other, without spilling a drop.
I bought this so that i can disconnect the mouthpiece from my hydration bladder tube and hook up my water filter outlet. That way i can fill my bladder without removing it from my bag.
BUT...another cool use (b/c the connector has an on/off valve) is that at camp you can remove your bladder from your bag, hang it from a tree, and use it as a shower bag by operating the on/off valve. Be sure to allow a way for air to enter your bladder from the top (if possible on your model) so that the water can drain out when the valve is open.
...the actual item is dark/opaque blue, not clear blue plastic as in the picture. doesn't matter, just mentioning. I'm happy with the purchase and i think it's a great price considering the robust quality and the built in valve.
Great for filling up while on the trail!
I just returned from a backpacking trip which was my first real test of this device; it was great. This allowed me to hook by Katadyn Hiker Pro filter up to the bladder without even taking my pack off (I kept the filter in the side pocket where I could reach it).As others have stated my only complaint is that it eliminates my right angle adapter, and therefore makes the hose just a little too short. The simple solution to this is to install it in-line about 3-4 inches from the mouthpiece, but you will need another barbed adapter to do this. An alternative to this device is the Quick Link Conversion kit (http://www.rei.com/product/812023/camelbak-quick-link-conversion-kit) which allows you to install it inline with an auto-shuttoff, but still needs another barbed adapter to put on your pump.
Must have if you have a katadyn filter!!
If you have a Camelback, this is a GREAT investment to go along with it. I have a Katadyan Hiker that came with a "bladder adapter". However, it did not fit the tube of my camelback. So I found this at my local backpacking store and tried it out. It serves a few purposes.
#1. It gives you a cutoff switch.
#2. It allows you to easily remove your bite piece just by clicking a button. This allows you to pour the water in your bladder out, like into a cooking pot, or a water bottle.
#3. Makes pumping filtered water into your bladder EASY! Just clip off your bite piece, clip in the filter attachment, and viola! Pump fresh water into the bladder!
Great for mid-trail refill
I used this on my last backpacking trip. It was great to just stop, disconnect the mouthpiece and connect a hose that connected directly to my filter. No unpacking the pack, no rerouting hoses. It has a rather large diameter and was tough to get through my backpack's hydration port. But another quick disconnect on the inside of the pack would eliminate the need to constantly reroute the outside hose and fitting. Biggest downside was that it was hard to tell when your hydration bladder was full, since it was still hidden in the pack.
Why Wouldn't You Get This?
Got this product to adapt my Hiker water purifier. Product was perfect and just as described. Took off old bite valve and purifier adapters and replaced with this set up and I was done! Didn't have to take the reservoir from my backpack anymore! Just hooked directly into my drinking tube and filtered water directly into my reservoir. Highly recommended for anyone at any level looking to filter water into their camelbak without the hassle of taking the reservoir out every time.
coolest gadget ever
water bladders are great, but a hassle to fill. This attachment eliminates any filling problems, and you actually never have to look at the bladder again (except to determine how much you have left). Once at camp, you can hang your pack from a tree or whatever, and use the hose for a faucet by removing the bite valve. This attachment fits on my MSR hose/bite valve, and will probably fit most of the others as well. Brilliant idea!
Once you've got the adapter in place, it makes filling reservoirs easy. It saves the time of taking a hydration bladder out of your pack on the trail to fill it. I tested one, then immediately bought another one for my wife. They've served us well on the past two outings.