A true workhorse of the hydration family, the Platypus Hoser is truly versatile - even your little brother will be able to find a multitude of uses for it. Lightweight and ready to use, it is compatible with a wide range of modular systems, and can convert even your standard backpack into a hydration dream.
|Dimensions:||7.5 x 16 in.|
|Material:||BPA-free, SlimeGuard treatment|
|Recommended Use:||use with your climbing, hiking backpack|
|Volume:||(1L) 32 oz, (1.8L) 67 oz, (2L) 101 oz|
|Weight [with packaging]:||2.0L, 3.0L: 0.35 lb, 1.0L, 1.8L: 0.4 lb|
Let me start off by just saying there's nothing extraordinary about this hydration system. If I had to sum it up in 2 words it would be 'simple' and 'functional.' This is saying a lot. I am overall very satisfied with this system. It does what I expect it to do and it does it well.
As far as cleaning goes, it's not as hard as everyone makes it out to be. Use your brain. If you leave it with water in it and you don't clean it after every use, guess what.... it's going to suck. If you take care of your gear it will take care of you.
I will buy this again when I need to replace.
I love these bladders! I own a 3L hoser and a 3L big zip. I use the hoser in the winter with a regular platypus sqeeze cap on it (no hose to freeze). I stuff the hoser into my pack against the back-panel and it doesn't freeze. Plus, with all the air sucked out, it can be a small 1L bottle, or a 3L water buffalo. Durable enough for me- neither platy has patches both camelbak bladders do. These work great with gravity filters- I have a sawyer setup which is about as lightweight as possible for a gravity filter. Can't say enough positive things about Platypus!
First, I love the design, no lid that is, at times, impossible to open...super light, and bite valve DOES NOT LEAK, which is the reason I changed brands of bladders. Second, I didn't clean it after first use, and did have some pretty serious stink and nasty taste to it. I then cleaned it, using only soap and water, and put it in the freezer to store it, then next time I used it...NO STINK!!
So take care of it properly, and it is a terrific hydration system, miles above the other leading brand...
Bought this for a trip to Yosemite NP. Did both the Half Dome hike and Mt Conness. Worked really well for the whole trip. Really glad I bought an extra cap. Made it easy to switch between this and my other two Platypus bottles without having to re-thread the tube through my pack. Only problem I had was that screwing on the hose too tight made it leak. Just had to test it by giving it a good squeeze to check for leaks and tighten or loosen accordingly.
I was aprehensive buying a Pltypus and bought this expecting it to break or leak after a short while. Lets be honest, they feel "cheap." I have used this many times and it has never done me wrong. Would highly recommend this for your backpacking bladder needs. Also, I like putting it upside down from what the picture shows so the cap is on top. It still works that way and runs less risk of leaking all over everything (only works for the 2L, not the 3L).
I've used this bladder for a year now in every season under every condition. It's price is relatively low when compared to similar products however the bladder's quality isn't compromised. It's tough, easy to clean and dries quickly allowing for funk free taste every time. I like the hard plastic loop at the top of the bladder. It comes in handy for storage or camp use. I would recommend it to friends and would buy another Platypus product from my experiences with this one.
Never thought I'd say, "hey, nice bladder" to a Platypus, but this a nice, basic bladder that can be used with most hydration compatible backpacks. I use a 3L with my Arrakis 50 and keep another 2L filled for longer trips or for when it's hot out and I think I'll need the water. No weird tastes, aired out after every use.
The hoser is a little long, requiring me to creatively route the tubing carefully as to avoid kinking.
This bladder is simple, effective, and priced correctly. Its simplicity cuts ounces compared to other versions on the market. They don't last forever, but I've enjoyed using this product on all of my hikes.
I purchased the 2L and used it several time with 1 liter. Put 2L in it and 150 feet out of my car going into Congaree NP in started leaking. Unpacked my GG Crown VC60 and found that the lower corner of the hole that you hang it by had pulled apart. Had to hand carry it 6 miles to camp. Not sure if I'll try another, truly liked it.
These do their job well, but cleaning them after you get home isn't the easiest. I prefer to rinse out or scrub a wide mouthed Nalgene. Having to take the time to scrub it with a long, awkward brush, and/or use a few drops of bleach... its not worth it to me. But that's personal preference. If you like sipping on the go then the bit of maintenance might be worth it for you.
I've never personally had one of these leak or burst, since I only owned one for a few days, but I have seen them critically fail at bad times for other folks. It was personally enough for me to not ever be interested in taking a chance with them.
Also, if you like a nice hot water bottle in your bag on a cold night... forget it with these. They won't handle the heat, and I wouldn't trust one of these in my down bag any more than a mountain lion.
Pretty straightforward bladder, but lacks versatility or frills. I personally didn't like the small opening and screw-off lid, it made rinsing and filling a much more deliberate task.