I am not a fan of Camelbak hydration reservoirs, but I love their locking valves. So much, that I tear off the wimpy mouthpiece that comes with the Platypus hydration reservoir drinking system and add a Camelbak hydrolock valve to it.
Camelbak hyrolocks rock because the valve stops the flow of water through them. If you backpack, the last thing you want is for water to come out of the hose when you stop and take your backpack off for a rest.
If you examine a Platypus mouth piece (far right), water comes out of it when you squeeze it open. If you accidentally set your pack down on it, it will leak water all over your pack and drain your water supply. That can be a real drag if you don’t have a filter with you or aren’t close to a water supply with safe water. This only has to happen once before you become a convert of the Camelbak hydrolock.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.
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