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Pros Durable, great water flow, easy to fill and clean, versatile use, good priceDurable, reliable, fast flow rate, easy to fillLightweight, slim profile, simple to use, easy to cleanLightweight, super packable, durable material, inexpensive, incredibly versatileInsulation, high flow rate, keeps liquids cold in the summer, interchangeable design to meet temperature needs
Cons Can't flip inside outWider profile doesn't fit narrow hydration sleevesNot as durable as other options, connections get gummed up without lubricationPoor taste, does not come with hose or bite valve, doesn't pack easily into backpack sleevesExpensive up front cost, hose comes out of quick connect and can spill a bit
Bottom Line One of our favorite bladders with an array of usesA reliable and burly bladder with all-around awesome performanceReady for any on-the-go athlete looking for a lightweight hydration systemTake this lightweight and packable reservoir on your next backpacking adventureAn insulated hydration system that'll keep your water temps where you want them
Rating Categories CamelBak Crux Reservoir Platypus Big Zip EVO Shape-Shift Reservoir MSR DromLite Bags HydraPak HydraSleeve
Ease Of Use (25%)
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Ease Of Care (25%)
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Ease Of Filling (20%)
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Specs CamelBak Crux... Platypus Big Zip EVO Shape-Shift... MSR DromLite Bags HydraPak HydraSleeve
Weight of Bladder & Tube (oz) 8.40 oz (3L) 6.90 oz (3L) 5.40 oz (3L) 5.20 oz (4L) 12 oz (3L, includes sleeve)
Bladder Capacity Options (liters) 1.5L, 2L, 3L 1.5L, 2L, 3L 2L, 3L 2L, 4L, 6L 3L
Dishwasher Friendly? No No Yes No Yes
Plastic Taste No No Yes Yes Yes
Bite Valve Bite valve with updated shutoff valve HyFLO Self-sealing Bite Valve Bite valve with shutoff twist valve None (Bite valve with lock arm shutoff valve in separate attachment kit) High-flow Blaster valve
Can bite valve be removed? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hose Connection Quick release hose (no swivel) Mid-tube, but can be changed to the base. Quick Release Quick release (no swivel) At the mouth of the screw top Quick connect at the base
Closure Type Screw top Zip top Slide top Screw top (3 in 1 spouts) Slide Top
Warranty Lifetime Guarantee Limited warranty Lifetime warranty Limited warranty Lifetime warranty
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