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Pros Lightweight, super packable, durable material, inexpensive, incredibly versatileDurable, reliable, fast flow rate, easy to fillLightweight, slim profile, simple to use, easy to cleanDurable, great water flow, easy to fill and clean, versatile use, good priceInsulation, high flow rate, keeps liquids cold in the summer, interchangeable design to meet temperature needs
Cons Poor taste, does not come with hose or bite valve, doesn't pack easily into backpack sleevesWider profile doesn't fit narrow hydration sleevesNot as durable as other options, connections get gummed up without lubricationCan't flip inside outExpensive up front cost, hose comes out of quick connect and can spill a bit
Bottom Line Take this lightweight and packable reservoir on your next backpacking adventureA reliable and burly bladder with all-around awesome performanceReady for any on-the-go athlete looking for a lightweight hydration systemOne of our favorite bladders with an array of usesAn insulated hydration system that'll keep your water temps where you want them
Rating Categories MSR DromLite Bags Platypus Big Zip EVO Shape-Shift Reservoir CamelBak Crux Reservoir HydraPak HydraSleeve
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Specs MSR DromLite Bags Platypus Big Zip EVO Shape-Shift... CamelBak Crux... HydraPak HydraSleeve
Weight of Bladder & Tube (oz) 5.20 oz (4L) 6.90 oz (3L) 5.40 oz (3L) 8.40 oz (3L) 12 oz (3L, includes sleeve)
Bladder Capacity Options (liters) 2L, 4L, 6L 1.5L, 2L, 3L 2L, 3L 1.5L, 2L, 3L 3L
Dishwasher Friendly? No No Yes No Yes
Plastic Taste Yes No Yes No Yes
Bite Valve None (Bite valve with lock arm shutoff valve in separate attachment kit) HyFLO Self-sealing Bite Valve Bite valve with shutoff twist valve Bite valve with updated shutoff valve High-flow Blaster valve
Can bite valve be removed? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hose Connection At the mouth of the screw top Mid-tube, but can be changed to the base. Quick Release Quick release (no swivel) Quick release hose (no swivel) Quick connect at the base
Closure Type Screw top (3 in 1 spouts) Zip top Slide top Screw top Slide Top
Warranty Limited warranty Limited warranty Lifetime warranty Lifetime Guarantee Lifetime warranty
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