Platypus Hoser 3
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Enjoy a fresh drink on the move without having to stop. Made from flexible and tough 3-ply plastic Can be boiled and frozen without harm Fruit juices or squash can be carried without leaving a taint or taste to the plastic Capacity: 3.0 litres.
Platypus Hoser 3 Reviews
Reviewed by Barry Hughes (Invergordon) on 2005-12-07:
General comments: My first Platypus was the Big Zip version and it was brilliant until the zip lock stopped locking and I ended up with a rucksack full of wet gear. Ever since then I have stuck with the Hoser 3 - although I am onto my third one in less than four years. The first one developed a leak at the seam/weld after less than a month,which the shop replaced- no questions. The second one survived a partial melting at the hands of a toaster only to develop a leak away from the melted section and away from any of the seams. It looks as though the polythene material has been weakened when it has been sucked dry repeatedly.
I tried to cope without my Platypus on a long day out today and now I know why I keep parting with cash when they give up the ghost. I've got too used to just reaching for the straw whenever I feel the need, instead of stopping, digging a bottle out of my pack, take a swig, back in the pack, pack back on and away we go. I must just be getting lazy.
The Platypus lets you drink whenever you want without any hassle and it probably encourages you to drink more as well. Today was the first time I've been remotely dehydrated in the hills in a long time.
One tip - if you will be going out in winter you should think about the insulating kit for the straw as twice mine has frozen up completely (temp with windchill approximately -20C).
I guess I'll just keep replacing them.
Pros: Makes drinking easier
Cons: Not the most durable material used
Reviewed by Jamie Forman (Leicester) on 2007-01-08:
General comments: Bought my platypus after a dehydrating day on Helvellyn about two and a half years ago and its still going strong. Its been used regularly and drained most times.
As the other reviewer says the material does seem very durable, mine has several thin patches but its not sprung a leak yet... The biggest problem is drying it out after a walk, it tends to end up with a small amount of stale water in the bottom (top) no matter what I do.
The valve is good and doesn't leak unless squashed. I have an old APS film canister over the end to keep the mud out, having put my pack down only to have the valve trail into a puddle.
Altogether a very good piece of kit, much more convenient than bottles and good value for money.
Pros: Good value, good capacity, convenience
Cons: Annoying rattle when part empty (squashing in rucksack), not particularly durable (although not leaking)