The valve and 1/4 turn tap at the mouth
Just bought it and all seems fine, but i could not turn the 1/4 turn valve, it seemed stuck. I put it under the tap and used cooking oil (edible lubricant) and i finally freed it. It now works.
I'm off camping we'll see how it goes.
Not good for intended purpose
I am a huge Osprey fan when it comes to their backpacks. However, this item is pretty useless. I recently bought a backpack from Osprey and it came with a free hydration pack as part of a deal. I am glad I did not have to pay for it. Here is why this item is not useful for its intended purpose in my opinion:
1. The slide-seal top opening for easy filling and cleaning is not easy to clean actually unless you have the specific equipment which is another 30 quid. The hydration pack is divided into 3 sections therefore, it is hard to clean each narrow compartment. The opening is similar to a ziploc bag but 10x stiffer to open. There is always water residue left inside, which later can result in algae. You could possibly just throw the item in the freezer to store when not in use. But I'd say, camelbak is better, which I own a 3L reservoir of. It has a large round opening and easy to rinse, air-up, and clean even with your hands and a paper towel on the go (while camping).
2. I already rinsed the pack 5 times, still get the plastic taste and smell, which is frustrating.
3. The bite valve has a plastic piece inside it, therefore you cannot fully bite it and when you do to get water, it actually hits your gums, which is not comfortable.
4. There is a twist-off piece right under the bite valve that cuts off the water flow which is - in my opinion - a lot of work. They could have done a quick lift off piece to make this happen.
I would not pay for this item or recommend.
This is another part of my Osprey family. A great reservoir just the perfect size for my longest walks in summer and will give me more than enough for a winter walk, although I’ll probably switch to a smaller res. I love how it will sit in my Osprey’s pack and I can surround it with ice packs to keep it cool enough long enough.
It Works OK for my needs. It takes a while to eliminate initial plastic taste, but finally I have almost got it. I would appreciate a harder back surface. it could help to install the reservoir into the pack. Great quality materials, extremelly good design and powerfull magnet makes it a very good hidratation device.
This 2.5L Reservoir unit works really well for long (and short) trekking days. It is easy to fill and fitted well into my Osprey backpack. The tube is long enough to fit through the backpack and to the front of the shoulder pads. It clips comfortably and securely onto the front of the pack with the use of the magnet. Initially there was a slight plastic taste to the water but this disappeared as I used the pack on a regular basis. I found the bite valve easy to use and I highly recommend the use of the cover too. The cover offers some hygiene protection when trekking through areas that are dusty and potentially not all that clean. I highly recommend the use of this Reservoir System.
I have the smaller Hydraulics™ LT 1.5L Reservoir but after using it a couple of times I came to the conclusion that a bigger one is needed so I bought this one. I works really great and the hose has good length and the reservoir it's easy to fill and clean and the water keeps the original taste. I also bought the Bite valve cover so I recommend buying that alongside the Hydraulics™ LT 2.5L Reservoir.
I really like the product so I do recommend it!
Better than camelback
Replaced old camelback reservoir in my cycle pack with this one, much better. Easier to fill. Fits my old pack though lack of hook on top means a tie fix has to be used. Like the locking valve on the bite valve stopping leakage (an issue I had with other make). Ideal for cycling in recent hot spell and I found the hose just right length(any longer would have a been a problem).
I was concerned about getting a reservoir because so many people had told me that they gave the water a bad plastic flavor. The Osprey reservoirs do not change the taste of the water, which is really important to me. They fit well into Osprey packs, and are easy to use.
Very nice but slightly hosed
I really like the bladder. However I do not like the (short) length of the hose. The bladder is expensive enough to add an other 20-30cm extra hose I'd imagine.
The thing is, I do not want the quick connect to be inside my backpack. It has very little bonus having it in your backpack, having it just outside the backpack makes it just as easy to take it out. However when you use a gravity system or simply want to refill the bladder while in your backpack, you will be forced to open the backpack and run the risk of leaking inside your backpack.
I got a spare hose and have the quick connect just outside the backpack, making the bladder easy to refill and zero risk of the quick connect leaking inside my backpack.
The good is good. The bad is BAD
The good stuff:
It is lightweight and, on the whole, well constructed.
I like the baffles that keep it from ballooning out so it stays flatter.
I like that the top can be completely opened.
The flow rate for the bite valve is good, once you get used to using it.
The BAD stuff:
The bit valve takes some getting used to, it's at a funny angle which doesn't make sense, the twist lock is impossible to do with one hand and hard to do even with two.
But, the biggest problem, which should not have made it through to production is the quick connect attachment for the hose. The concept is good as it saves you having to rethread the hose each time you fill up, but the quick release button is so sensitive you hardly have to breath on it and it depresses separating the hose. With all your kit stuffed in your sack and bouncing around when walking, or worse when cycling, this is not just likely, but inevitable. Fortunately, it has a valve on the reservoir side so it won't dump the entire reservoir on your kit but there isn't a valve on the hose so the contents of the hose is free to dribble out over your belongings unbeknown to you - until you go for a drink which doesn't come, and then have to go through the faff of opening your pack to reconnect it.
Osprey have clearly thought about this issue, but haven't done satisfactory testing; they have designed in a plastic guard next to the giant button but this is frankly useless which would have been obvious to anyone the second they looked at it, if they actually cared. This NEEDS a redesign in order to be a viable product, in it's current form it makes the whole system useless and a waste of £30. It's a shame that one feature that is meant to be better, let's the product down so comprehensively, because it's definitely worth more than 1 star otherwise.
Pulling a bottle from the side pocket remains a better option than this.