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Trailwalker Check 5: Hydration system

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there's nothing more important that a proper hydration system. These days, we are all so lucky to have the hydration packs and tubing which makes life so much easier. i remember back in the days when i had a tough old Nalgene bottle and some iodine pills to last me through 2 weeks of river water. now, i can get some hi tech filtration, bug zappers, pour the purified water into the pack and suck from a drinking tube, taste free. I've been using a bladder from Platypus and quite happy with it. it's called the Big Zip, because the bladder bottom is formed by a tough ziploc and allows easier cleaning and putting ice cubes easily. the bladder is very tough and has never leaked on me thus far. i use it between my BLURR pack and my Arcteryx packs without any problems. the tubing is made of polyethylene and completely free from rubber taste. it supposedly resists bacterial growth as well. (never put juice or power drinks into the bladder, it will promote bacterial growth). the bite valve is leak free, and even when pressure is put onto the bladder the valve remains shut. it's my first bladder system, but after a lot of research with different brands, i've decided to go with Platypus. Simple, functional and cheap. i have a 2L system as it's possible to fill it up or leave it at 1L depending. but you can't overfill a 1L bladder to 2L... makes sense? [equipbug]
(this is the newer BigZip II)
Big Zip Ii
www.platypushydration.com

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