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Platypus Hoser Review

   

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Overall avg rating 3.5 of 5 based on 4 reviews. Most recent review: June 1, 2015
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Pros:  Light weight, good value, lifetime warranty
Cons:  Difficult to clean, difficult to drink from bite valve, not the easiest to fill
Best Uses:  Moving light and fast in the backcountry
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Recommendations:  67% of reviewers (2/3) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Platypus
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ March 24, 2015  
Overview
This is one of the lighter hydration reservoirs that we've tested. It does this by having a very simple opening with not a lot of plastic. The downside to this approach is that this is not the easiest reservoir to fill or clean. But if you avoid sports drinks and really like to go light then this may be a great option for you. Otherwise we would advise you to check out the Platypus Big Zip SL which has a large opening that is easy to fill and clean. We also recommend you look at the CamelBak Antidote Reservoir which won our Best Buy award and the Geigerrig Hydration Engine which won our Editors' Choice award.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

In some ways this is an old-school style hydration bladder because it has such a simple opening. In other ways it is an advanced water bottle with a drinking tube. We find it comes down to two factors: are you really concerned with going lightweight and do you mainly just drink water without adding sugary sports drink powders.

Performance Comparison


Platypus Hoser Hydration System
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Ease of Filling


This is one of the more difficult bladders to fill because the opening is so small. Also, because you remove the entire tube before filling you then need a place to put it. This is not a big deal if you are filling it in your house but it is a bigger deal when in slightly gross campground bathrooms.

Durability


We did not encounter any durability issues and expect this to have above average long-term performance. It is backed up by a lifetime guarantee.

There is no lock off mechanism on the drinking tube and bites valve. This was the only hydration bladder without that function. This means you have to be extra careful when throwing the bladder and bites valve in the back of your car or in a backpack. Furthermore, the connection of the two does not use a quick release so you can easily swap out this drinking tube with another brand such as the Camelbak (you can do this with the platypus big zip SL which uses a quick release for the drinking tube).

Ease of Drinking


Like its sibling the Platypus Big Zip SL, we did not find it particularly easy to drink from this bite valve. It is still passable, however we expect more after using the CamelBak, Geigerrig, and Osprey models where the water shoots out.

Ease of Cleaning


Because of the tiny opening it is difficult to get a brush inside the bladder to clean it. Therefore we don't recommend this bladder if you often use sports drinks as it will be difficult to keep clean.

Conclusion


Are you someone who is obsessed with moving light and fast? Are you a big fan of the other platypus bottles? If so, this may be ideal for you. However, if you are a mountain biker or day hiker used to the ease of filling and ease of cleaning up other hydration bladders, this might not be the best option. Another consideration for people wanting to move light in the backcountry or climbing is the MSR DromLite.

Chris McNamara

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Most recent review: June 1, 2015
Summary of All Ratings

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67% of 3 reviewers recommend it
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4 Total Ratings
5 star: 25%  (1)
4 star: 25%  (1)
3 star: 50%  (2)
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   Jun 1, 2015 - 09:39am
Joel_Cory · Backpacker · Folsom
My wife and I have been using this along with our Platypus gravity filter for two years.

Its a great product. In fact, the review here that prefers the Camelback has obviously never tried to fill a Camelback bladder with any kind of pump, or filter. The opening is so large that you have to hold the bladder in one hand and the fill hose with another. Not fun.

The hoser on the other hand is a hands free operation. Connect it and walk away to cook, or pack or whatever.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Mar 5, 2015 - 10:21am
spidey · Climber · Berkeley CA
This is not a review per se but it looks like the speech recognition software you used here needs some work:

We also recommend you look at the CamelBak Antidote Reservoir which one are Best Buy award and the Geigerrig Hydration Engine which winds our editors choice

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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   Mar 4, 2015 - 12:47pm
AndyM · Skier · Crockett, CA
After having a Camelbak bladder leak all over my gear in my Float 32 skiing pack, I tried my dad's Hoser. This is a much better bladder for this particular pack, since it doesn't have a sleeve for the hydration bladder or hook to hang it from. (I asked BCA about this, and they said that the weight of the bladder hanging from the top was pulling the airbag zip open.)

What's great about the Hoser is the bag material is much more durable than Camelbak's, and it's lighter weight. The design is such that it doesn't need to be suspended vertically - it ends up sideways, upside down, right side up, in my Float 32 and never stops working. I don't have any problems filling it from a sink, but could see it being impossible to use with a Steripen. My main complaints with the Hoser are that it doesn't come with a quick release for the hose, and the straight bite valve was junk. I replaced them with Camelbak parts.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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