"Platypus Big Zip is fantastic. Never Leaks, Easy to fill, easy to clean, quick release from pack"
For years I used the other brand and just thought, "I guess this is as good as it gets "- I put up with leaking, mouth piece breaking easily, hard to fill, not easy to clean. This year I said to myself - "try something else" don't pay money for another lame bladder. I tried the Platypus and after the first experience we fell madly in love. The Platypus rocks. Super light weight, but solid. So easy to fill, NO LEAKS, and I love the quick release feature that makes it so you just take the bladder on and off but can leave the hose and mouth piece which is a pain to take out in your pack- so awesome! At the end of the hike when you are out of water you are left with this super light weight nothing in your pack which is great when you are tired.
I have used a variety of different bladders in the past. I have found that so far the Platypus Big Zip is the best. I have never had issue with it leaking and I've even used it as a pillow once. Also the bite spigot end of the tube is easy to clean. Always go to Platypus for all of your leak free water carrying needs!
I own two of these already (3L and 1.5L for a daypack). Had them for about a year, held great for couple of backpacking trips, easy to clean, simple to use... Buying another 3L one to use as a Christmas present (or maybe give away my used one, and keep the new one, hehehe, j/k)... I just wish bite valve cover was included and didn't need to be purchased separately...
3L is a good amount for me because sometimes I will chug 1.5 liters and deplete it pretty well. Its nice to drink while walking or driving! The opening is wonderful to fill and close. Lastly I like the mouth piece, water hasn't dripped or leaked out yet. Ive had it 1 year.
Does the job! The big zip is an ease to fill up and the three litres are a blessing when I'm hiking through some of the dry areas here in Cali. The bag functions fine half full, so at least I have the choice about how much extra fluid to carry. I use mine strictly with water, so I can't comment on the funk factor on flavored drinks.
Needed a replacement container and happened upon the Platypus. Besides having a cool name, I knew Moosejaw would send me another sticker with my purchase. Only need about 3000 more to cover the downstairs bathroom. The Platypus works great, is simple to refill and a easy to clean. Highly recommend to anyone that enjoys being hydrated while hiking.
"I just got it so I could say "platypus"."
I got this for my Granitegear AC. The baffles work, keeping a slimmer profile which is required in that pack. The bite valve comes off so i can refill w/o removing the bladder. I don't have hundreds of hours with this on the trail but there is no funny taste, it would be easy to clean and dry out and the bite valve is soothing to chew on. Oh,I just got why that is. Hmmm, I'm stopping here.