Strongly made, well designed product,
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This review is from: Osprey Hydraulics Hydration Reservoir System (Misc.)
This hydration bladder is made from strong, good quality materials,inspiring confidence that it will withstand the knocks from being carried in a rucksack with other equipment.It is very well designed and the rigid back and handle on the front make this bladder easy to fill.Once filled, the extra strength from the reinforced back and handle again give confidence in its ability to withstand some rough treatment.The fill markings on the bladder are clear, easily read and enable measured filling to your desired level.The filler cap is quite large & robust, but easily opened and closed.The hydration tube is reasonably long and can be used on either the left or right side of a rucksack.The bite valve feels strong, but does not require too much pressure to get a decent amount of liquid flowing. I have filled the bladder and left it upside down, cap facing down to test for leaks from the cap & after 24 hours, there was no leakage at all.Be aware that as this is a 3 litre bladder it is quite large, however smaller versions are available.
The only drawback to this bladder, and it could be a major one for some, is the magnetic bite valve & ruckstrap sternum strap magnet.The magnets are very strong and a warning is printed on the packaging that they may affect compasses, mobiles, credit cards etc.I tested this by placing a compass a few inches away from the magnets, the compass was immediately affected and moved 180 degrees out,a major problem on a misty mountain! I did not dare put a credit card near the magnets ! However this problem is easily solved by not using the sternum strap magnet and, by using a slim sharp bladed knife, the magnet can be easily prised out of the bite valve holder with no damage done to the valve, and replaced if required again in the future.A non magnetic bite valve can be bought, but the above option is a lot cheaper ! To summarise, this is an excellent product & I am sure it will prove to be durable and will be well used.Highly recommended !