What is the Outdoor Products 2 Liter Hydration Reservoir 2.0?
The Outdoor Products 2 Liter Hydration Reservoir 2.0 is Outdoor Product’s branded copy of a Camelbak brand hydration bladder. It holds water which you can drink out of a tube. This is just the clear plastic bladder and tube assembly and does NOT include any sort of protective bag to carry the hydration bladder in. Outdoor products and other brands offer various backpacks with with a hydration reservoir built-in. However, I already had a suitable backpack and opted to just purchase a replacement hydration reservoir.
I carried the Outdoor Products 2 Liter Hydration Reservoir 2.0 in a small backpack and filled it up each day during a week at Boy Scout camp. But in truth I could have refiled it every other day and been fine, thanks to the amount of water it holds.
The mouthpiece at the end of the drinking tube has a grey, hard plastic On/Off (actually, it is marked “Open – Close”) valve built-in. To open the valve simply pull out the grey cylindrical part of the mouthpiece assembly. It will slide about 1/8″ into the “Open” position. Then when you are ready to drink pinch the clear, rubber tip of the mouthpiece between your teeth slightly. The rubber at the end of the mouthpiece is often referred to as a “bite valve” since it seals itself shut until the user bites it in order to open the it. If a slit opens up in the end of the clear rubber tip, then you have successfully opened the mouthpiece and can suck water through the drinking tube. Trust me, it sounds WAY more complicated than it is.
Most hydration bladders that I have seen have either an On/Off valve or a bite valve. Apparently the folks at Outdoor Products are over-achievers since they have included both.
The hose/tube and the bag itself did not leak at all. That’s not to say it could not since it is just a plastic bag. You have to be careful with this type of canteen to avoid puncturing it. However, it did not break under the conditions I used it in. I am pretty happy with the Outdoor Products 2 Liter Hydration Reservoir 2.0 and am happy to say that the bite valve did not leak? I think that the on/off switch worked great even though it was different than what I was used to from prior hydration bladders.
The downside to the Outdoor Products 2 Liter Hydration Reservoir 2.0 is that it was hard to open to refill. If I wanted to close it without it leaking, then I had to close it just tight enough for it to be hard to open.
How Amazon describes the Outdoor Products 2 Liter Hydration Reservoir 2.0
“Stay hydrated while you hike off the beaten path with the 2 liter hydration reservoir 2.0 from Outdoor Products. This newer 182EC-CLR boasts a screw-in bite valve with a soft flexible tip, as well as an on off switch to prevent leakage. The hose is removable for quick and easy cleaning, and the low profile cap will allow this reservoir to fit just about any hydration compatible pack on the market. Whether you’re on the road or the dirt path this BPA free reservoir will be a welcome addition to your outdoor accessories.”
- I like the molded-in handle at the top of the Outdoor Products 2 Liter Hydration Reservoir 2.0 which can be used to secure and support the hydration bladder inside a backpack.
- I also like the redundant valves on the drinking tube. Sure, it adds a step to have to both open the valve, then pinch the bite valve. I don’t mind that extra step if it keeps the drinking tube from leaking.
- This is the least expensive hydration bladder I could find. As a Boy Scout, I try to be Thrifty whenever possible.
- It survived a week of rough use by a teenager at Boy Scout Camp.
- To keep the cap from leaking it has to be screwed on very tightly. So tightly that it is then hard to remove the cap when it is time to refill.
- The location of the fill cap makes it difficult to fill the bag completely.
- I like slide-on drinking tube connectors instead of screw-in connectors that can be easy to cross thread, making the connection leak. The Outdoor Products 2 Liter Hydration Reservoir 2.0 has both.
In the end I have to say that I would definitely buy this Item again. It worked well and, while not being the best hydration bladder I have used, it is a light and inexpensive alternative to the more expensive models. However, the “expensive models” seem to be coming down in price as well. It might be worth considering some of these other hydration reservoirs from proven brands:
- Various Hydration Bladders from OMCgear (Platypus, MSR, Mazama)
- NRS PFD Hydration Pack Anti-Microbial Replacement Bladder at nrs.com
- Nathan 1.5L Replacement Hydration Bladder | Peter Glenn
- Platypus – Hoser Water Bladder | Outdoor Gear Exchange
- 3V Gear | 3V Gear Scout 2L Hydro Tank
- OMCgear – Mazama Hydration Bladder
If you don’t already have a bag to carry your hydration reservoir, then you may be better off buying a backpack with with a hydration reservoir built-in.