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by KayakaverfromFailed ProductI used the product on 3 different trips lasting 4-5 days each. The tank served as our base camp source of water for cooking, washing, etc. During the last trip, the zipper seam failed where although the zipper is indeed fuly zipped, the zip tore from the seam rather than opening as desired.
Date published: 2011-06-09
Rated 1out of5
by TomCfromMy Opinion Has ChangedI've used the Platypus Water Tanks for years, both the older vertical models and the newer lower profile 1 gal. and 1.5 gal. sizes. I currently own six of them, 4 old and 2 new. Sadly, I have finally changed my opinion and will not be buying any more.
The older Water Tanks are becoming less flexible, as another user reported, leading to zipper failure. The newer 1 gal. and 1.5 gal. containers have proven just awful in the zipper department--very difficult to get a seal and then sometimes the seal is not dependable. The Platypus Water Tank is a great idea and if the zipper was dependable and useable, I'd still be a fan.
I need something I can count on, so I'm thinking my future purchases will be the 6L or 4L Dromlite or the 96 oz. Nalgene collapsable. Both of these have standard wide-mouth screw on lids.
Date published: 2011-08-13
Rated 1out of5
by RobRoyfromFlawed designExtremely difficult to seal the zip lock seam, so I threw it away after two canoe trips to Boundary Waters (should have returned it for refund). We would fill this bag with lake water while canoeing to shore, but I could seldom close the zip lock successfully, so we would paddle to camp with the top open, water spilling into the canoe. Maybe I could have sealed it with pliers, but it should not be so difficult.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 2out of5
by MCWillieBfromGreat design, but breaks over timeI have used these tanks for about my last 6 years of backpacking, and they started out working extremely well. Perfect carrier for water to campsite, could connect water filter directly to tank with an adapter, packed small and light.
However, after about 2 seasons of use, the "big zip" closure on the top of the tank started becoming brittle and difficult to close. After about 3-4 seasons, they could not be closed at all.
So, I ended up on backpacking trips where the whole top of the tank was open, and even with careful handling (lean against rock, etc), I ended up having the tanks tip over and spill all their contents at least 30% of the time. (Major bummer when it takes 30 mintues to filter 6 Liters!)
So, I ended up having to switch to the MSR DromLite bags. They are heavier, but they don't leak (yet)!
PS - I believe the plastic in these water tanks was recently switched to BPA-free, so I supposed it is possible the new plastic could perform differently than the ones I used.
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 4out of5
by lee and janet elrodfromGood...but best while backpacking!I bought this for backpacking because lets face it tackes a good hour to go down the trail pump water out of a frustratingly-hard hand pump come back and then repreat the next morning. With this handy little water duffle bag, as I like to call it, i only make one trip and i'v got enough for empty bottles, dinner, and breakfast. The only gripe i had was that the top of the bag woulkd not stay closed but it doesnt really matter unless you drop it and then your pretty much screwed anyways.
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 2out of5
by Bambistewfromzipper is hard to close when coldI use this bag as a main gravity bag. I screw my Sawyer filter to it and hang it on a branch and let gravity do my filtering. Works great for that... However, when you fill the bag with 34 degree water that was running over a glacier less than an hour before, the zipper is nearly inpossible to get closed with both cold fingers and cold plastic.
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 4out of5
by TomCfromVersatile and DurableWe've owned 4 of these for several years, and they are incredibly handy and durable. When empty, they roll up small and extremely light. When full, they are very easy to carry with the attached handles. They fit easily into nooks and crannies of vehicles, river craft, and backpacks.
It takes a little practice to learn how to zip the top shut, and this requirement of user skill is the only reason I don't give it a 5. Once you get it zipped, it stays zipped. We've never, ever had one leak!
We've depended on these containers to supply our drinking water during multi-day stints in a fire lookout; on multi-day river trips; on car camping trips in the desert; on backpacking trips where we needed to tank up. They've never let us down, and are much easier to clean, fill, and pour than are the rigid water tanks.
Date published: 2009-03-16
Rated 4out of5
by Mtn BoyfromPacks small, holds a lot!We love the platypus water containers! Have used them for years. Early ones delaminated, but were waranteed (nice!). The zipper is the only downside to these (hence 4 stars). However, I have found that a stiff zipper can be improved with a little lubricant. I sprayed mine with cooking spray (vegetable oil) and it's now much easier to close. Maybe even easier than new. Hope this helps others.
Date published: 2011-03-27
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