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Pros Insulation, high flow rate, keeps liquids cold in the summer, interchangeable design to meet temperature needsDurable, 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 versatile
Cons Expensive up front cost, hose comes out of quick connect and can spill a bitWider 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 sleeves
Bottom Line An insulated hydration system that'll keep your water temps where you want themA 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 adventure
Rating Categories HydraPak HydraSleeve Platypus Big Zip EVO Shape-Shift Reservoir CamelBak Crux Reservoir MSR DromLite Bags
Ease Of Use (25%)
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Specs HydraPak HydraSleeve Platypus Big Zip EVO Shape-Shift... CamelBak Crux... MSR DromLite Bags
Weight of Bladder & Tube (oz) 12 oz (3L, includes sleeve) 6.90 oz (3L) 5.40 oz (3L) 8.40 oz (3L) 5.20 oz (4L)
Bladder Capacity Options (liters) 3L 1.5L, 2L, 3L 2L, 3L 1.5L, 2L, 3L 2L, 4L, 6L
Dishwasher Friendly? Yes No Yes No No
Plastic Taste Yes No Yes No Yes
Bite Valve High-flow Blaster 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)
Can bite valve be removed? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hose Connection Quick connect at the base 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
Closure Type Slide Top Zip top Slide top Screw top Screw top (3 in 1 spouts)
Warranty Lifetime warranty Limited warranty Lifetime warranty Lifetime Guarantee Limited warranty
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