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Pros Durable, 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 priceLightweight, super packable, durable material, inexpensive, incredibly versatileInsulation, high flow rate, keeps liquids cold in the summer, interchangeable design to meet temperature needs
Cons Wider profile doesn't fit narrow hydration sleevesNot as durable as other options, connections get gummed up without lubricationCan't flip inside outPoor 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 A 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 usesTake 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 Platypus Big Zip EVO Shape-Shift Reservoir CamelBak Crux Reservoir MSR DromLite Bags HydraPak HydraSleeve
Ease Of Use (25%)
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Specs Platypus Big Zip EVO Shape-Shift... CamelBak Crux... MSR DromLite Bags HydraPak HydraSleeve
Weight of Bladder & Tube (oz) 6.90 oz (3L) 5.40 oz (3L) 8.40 oz (3L) 5.20 oz (4L) 12 oz (3L, includes sleeve)
Bladder Capacity Options (liters) 1.5L, 2L, 3L 2L, 3L 1.5L, 2L, 3L 2L, 4L, 6L 3L
Dishwasher Friendly? No Yes No No Yes
Plastic Taste No Yes No Yes Yes
Bite Valve HyFLO Self-sealing Bite Valve Bite valve with shutoff twist valve Bite valve with updated shutoff 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 Mid-tube, but can be changed to the base. Quick Release Quick release (no swivel) Quick release hose (no swivel) At the mouth of the screw top Quick connect at the base
Closure Type Zip top Slide top Screw top Screw top (3 in 1 spouts) Slide Top
Warranty Limited warranty Lifetime warranty Lifetime Guarantee Limited warranty Lifetime warranty
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