User Review: Platypus Big Zip SL
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35
Worth the switch! After long time dedication to a competitor, no regrets; Nice construction, long tube, and a well engineered sure close system.
- Good construction
- Odor free
- Ample tube length
- Narrow mouth for filling
I recently upgraded to this 100oz. reservoir in preparation for an Appalachian Trail section hike. The capacity does a great job with a water bottle to get through dry areas. I wasn't initially impressed, however after going on its maiden voyage, I have completely changed my mind...
It is a very easy to use system, and the quick disconnect is a big plus for refilling without having to pull the hose. I also like the 180 degree swivel action at the disconnect. I thought that the bite valve was a little large, however after several uses now, I don't mind it at all. I find the shutoff valve to work without fault. There is a removable, adjustable clip which also adds to the ease of adjustment.
The reservoir has clear markings, and is made of high quality BPA free plastic. It may be a little difficult getting a scrubber in to clean, but the four I've owned all have this concern. The opening has a zip-lock type opening, with a plastic retainer that slides on.
Another engineering plus is the elastic lanyard that keeps you from dropping, or misplacing it, along with a handle for hanging.
This unit is still 100% over its short life (<3 months), but I anticipate it to last 10 years + with good care.