A required part, yet still not perfect
Years ago, I complained several times to the fine folks at Camelbak about this glaring omission. You set your pack down, and you valve goes on the floor or in the dirt. Sucks! Was thrilled when they came out with this, though I'd like to have seen a better implementation.
We all know why this is needed, so I'll skip the pros.
1. Installing it. Can be a REAL PITA. You're trying to shove the valve's skirt OVER something, while it is trapped under this cover's skirt. Hard to get either on OR off, actually. But once on, serves its purpose.
2. Grows mold inside the cover. I'd like to have some slots at the cap junction so this thing is not air tight at the seal. I drilled two small holes for my own use, and that allows the valve to air dry instead of grow gack. The inside of the cover's lid is tough to clean. Also tough to drill through!
well worth the buy
A really great product if you have concerns about hygiene. I bought two of these for my 100oz camelbak Unbottle and my younger brother's Camelbak Hydrobak 50 oz Hydration Pack. I couldn't quite figure out how to attach it but he being slightly more clever realized that I first needed to remove the bite valve.
Once it was properly attached it worked like a charm and I'm no longer concerned about bacteria/germ transfer whenever I place my backpack on the ground.
I've used it several times since purchase including a 3 week backpacking trip in Guyana visiting Kaieteur Falls and it definitely served its purpose especially with all those creepy crawlers in the South American jungle.
I am extremely happy with this product, and did not find it difficult to attach the cover over the mouth piece. Followed the directions and added some water to reduce friction when reattaching. I had been tucking the bite guard in my pack to keep is clean while in transport to the field location until the day I forgot to lock it and lost half my water. No matter how careful I was and wasting time trying to keep my bite value clean and off the ground, it was impossible. This cover is perfect, functional and a valuable part of my pack.
Simple to install, works great
I was worried this was going to be difficult to install based on past reviews. I'm really curious how he wound up getting it on, because done properly this is a snap.
Hint: The very tip of the bite valve itself slides off easily. Put that in the cover slip, grip the cover slip tightly, and slide it back on. 5 second install.
This product is ESSENTIAL if you go anywhere with dust or spray. The only downside is the added bulk, but of course it's going to be bigger. It covers the valve!
Great for Germ-o-phobes :)
My first Camelbak pack came with one of these, and I'd never go without one. I recently purchased new packs that didn't come with them. They are a bit of a challange to get on but that's a good thing if you don't want it to fall apart later. With one of my new packs it makes it too big to pull the bladder completely out of the pack without removing it. This is a bit inconvienant, but not a big deal. Very much worth it to keep it clean!
Most of us who get our water locally go to great trouble and expense to filter and sterilize it. It makes no sense to then let our mouthpiece get muddy and full of germs from the rotting forest floor or contaminated water source or dirty gear and then put it into our mouth. Hey, I wash my tableware after every meal even at home, when only my own germs can get on them.
I just wish more of the parts were dishwasherable.
Keeps Dirt Out of Your Mouth
I don't see how the other brand don't have a cover (maybe they do and I don't know). My girlfriend has a hydration pack from The North Face and anytime she takes her pack off the bite valve is in the dirt. I just give her a smile, then she rolls her eyes and says, " Yea... I know, I wish I had a cover too" (some thing like that = )
good to have
like other people, I have no clue why this doesn't come with the reservoir. but I disagree about installing it, to put it on, it only took a few seconds and a bit of force, and even though it is big,camelbak did a good job of keeping it small. and it sure does keep help in keeping your bite valve clean.
I was thrilled when Camelbak came out with this bite valve cover. It seemed even when I was careful, I would end up setting the bite valve in the dirt when I took off my pack. Now I don't have to worry! It is easy to install and clean. Highly recommend.
Worth the extra few bucks
When backpacking, or even on a day hike, my camelbak bite valve often falls in the dirt. Just this past weekend, it must have ended up in the dirt 20 times. Combined with moisture, it became muddy. The bite valve cover keeps your bite valve clean!! Well worth it.