The Platypus Hoser is a lightweight, hands free hydration system - ideal for cyclists, runners, skiers and adventure racers. The Platypus Hosers will fit into just about any sack but most modern packs will come with a dedicated hose routing to make it easy to drink on the move.
Platypus's heavy duty triple laminate construction is superbly durable and puncture resistant, ensuring that it will last you for many years to come. The Hoser comes complete with a leak free bite valve, lapel clip and a long hose so it's easy to get the system set up how you want it.
|Capacity||1 liters||2 liters|
|Weight||91 g||102 g|
|Width||13.5 cm||15 cm|
|Length||29 cm||40.5 cm|
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This was a replacement for a really really old one and I am hoping it lasts just as many years. They are really good bits of kit.
Great item. I always used to carry bottles but having recently bought a new climbing pack without side pockets, I decided to purchase one of these rather than have to unzip the pack every time I wanting a drink. I wish I'd done it earlier! I find myself taking in fluids much more regularly and keeping myself well hydrated due to the ease of taking a sip even in steep technical terrain. In terms of size the 2 litre version has proved just about right for a day in the hills. I've started using it for mountain biking and it's great for that too.
On a more negative note there is a faint plastic taste which doesn't seem to have faded much through use, and the system is quite difficult to dry out.
All in all however, a great product that I'd recommend to anyone.
This is the second of these I've bought as my wife managed to loose the first one! I find it's an ideal size for a day in the mountains and fits easily into the bladder holder in my Berghaus daysack. It feels very well made and the mouth piece is easy to use with no drips when clipped up.
The only downside is the small opening which means you can't clean it as easily as some. However, this leads to light weight and packing down very small when empty. I just give it a good rinse after each use and once in a while use a sterilising tablet to make sure the bladder & tube are healthy. It's a product which was recommended to me and one that I would also recommend to others.
This fits nicely into my backpack, I went for this size as I am trying to limit the weight I will carry. I've seen people review these before and complain that they are hard to keep clean but if you regularly wash it out, or soak in a put a few drops of Milton every so often then it works fine. It's a simple but extremely handy piece of kit for any hiker/climber.
My first hydration pack and about the cheapest available, not the best but by no means the worst.
The clear material does mean mould loves to grow in it quite easily, and it is very difficult to clean as you cant open the top up, however if cared for properly this shouldnít be a problem! I have managed to puncture two of these though as the material isnít the most durable but as a first try of a bladder this is a good bag!
Brilliantly useful piece, which will always go in my bag for a few days trip, especially in the summer months. When its hot, its more important than ever to be drinking regularly, so having one of these solves that problem of having to delve back into a rucksack every 5 minutes.
The only downside to these is if left unwashed, mould can form in them, but if you ensure to take care of them, they will last you a lifetime, and ensure you stay hydrated on the hill.
The features on this one put it above the rest in my mind, its cheap, its simple, its effective. and thatís what I always look for!
What a piece of kit! Much easier than taking your bag off and taking a drink, allowing drinking with ease while walking. The clip attached to the hose gives a freedom on where to clip and where to place on the bag/ kit. Only had to replace it because the dog chewed it! Never popped and easy to clean. An essential bit of kit that everybody should have, whether this one or something similar. 4 stars because the plastic isn't as flexible as it could be.
Not a fan of the Platypus bladders - I've had 3 of them fail over the years :( Having a 'lifetime guarantee' sounds great, but it doesn't help when all your water has emptied itself inside your rucksack and you have nothing left to drink for hours out on the hill!
Personally I now use rigid bottles, like those from Nalgene, which can take a real battering inside a rucksack, as well as being clipped to a climbing harness when on long routes.
I bought the Hoser after becoming fed up with taking my rucksack off when walking in order to drink from a bottle. The Hoser solves that problem with its drinking tube, meaning that you can drink on the move and cut out unnecessary stops.
I've owned one now for a year and a half, in which time it has seen plenty of action. It is of robust construction and has never leaked. The fact it has only one hole (for attaching the drinking tube) means there is less chance of a leak, unlike the Platypus design which has two. Also, there are several additional components like a clip you can buy to make the Hoser more useable.
The drawbacks I have noticed are that it is difficult to dry the drinking tube for storage, which can led to a build up of algae. Also, in cold weather, the water in the tube can freeze, if you do not insulate it. However, insulation for the Hoser can be bought.
Overall, this is a great drinking system: tough, simple to use and at a good price.
We've had the Hoser for a couple of weeks now. It does pretty what you would expect it to, but overall we have been a little disappointed:
1. despite washing through several times with soapy water, there is still a distinct plastic taste.
2. the metal clip on the tube for clipping the mouthpiece to your rucksack has already started to go a little rusty.
Otherwise, the plastics seem to be good quality and durable. The pack is easy to fill and sits neatly in the purpose-made pocket in the rucksack - it is very handy not to have to stop and take the rucksack off to get a drink.
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