Convenient basecamp water supply
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This water bag works very well when you're backpacking with a group of friends. You don't end up having to constantly filter water while in camp. I bought the 4 liter size which seemed perfect for my needs. The 6 liter bag seemed much too big.
The Pros: No plastic taste, stands up on its own, convenient carry handles.
The Cons: The ziplock top is not easy to close. I have a fairly strong pinch grip from rock climbing and can close it without too much trouble, but can see how others might have difficulty with it. A top-folding slide lock like those on the Osprey hydration bags would be a perfect solution to the present configuration.
It can be easy to lose the pour cap if one is not careful --especially filtering water at a swift moving water source. A little plastic cap retainer would be a great addition.
Overall, I like the quality and convenience of this water container. It's easier to access water than the Dromedary water bag brand. I owned one of those for a while--it had a very tiny pour stream and after awhile it also started to leak from the nylon / wide-mouth fill-port connection.