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    OUTDOOR PRODUCTS CYCLONE HYDRATION RESERVOIR BY JIM RUSSELL OR December 21, 2012   TESTER INFORMATION   NAME: Jim Russell EMAIL: e_portfolio@yahoo.com AGE:
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 11, 2013
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      OUTDOOR PRODUCTS CYCLONE HYDRATION RESERVOIR
      BY JIM RUSSELL
      OR
      December 21, 2012
       
      TESTER INFORMATION
       
      NAME: Jim Russell
      EMAIL: e_portfolio@...
      AGE: 45
      LOCATION: Virginia Beach, Virginia
      GENDER: M
      HEIGHT: 6' 0" (2.10 m)
      WEIGHT: 160 lb (72.60 kg)
       
      Backpacking Background:  As a teen, I have hiked extensively as a Boy Scout, but stopped hiking for about 25 years.  In the past 5 years I’ve re-connected with scouting since my kids have joined and I’ve been actively participating on a wide variety of outings in that time.  Most outings have been 2-day/1-night with the occasional weeklong trip.  This year I’ve begun hiking and camping again and my future plans include section hiking the Appalachian Trail.  My goals are to hike with as light a pack as possible and to be hiking during all four seasons.
       
      PRODUCT INFORMATION
       
      Manufacturer: Outdoor Products
      Year of Manufacture: Unknown
      Manufacturer's Website: http://www.outdoorproducts.com/
      MSRP: Unknown
      Listed Weight: Not Listed
      Measured Weight: 6 oz (170 g)
      Measured Size (L x W x H): Empty bladder is 15.5 x 7.25 x 1.0 inches (39.4 x 18.4 x 2.5 cm); hose with quick connect and bite valve is 42.75 inches (108.5 cm) long.
      Sizes Available: 2.0 liters
      Colors Available: Gray/Blue
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      The Outdoor Products Cyclone Hydration Reservoir is described as a 100% hi-grade tasteless and odorless polyurethane bladder with a clear (looks tinted) 11 mm polyurethane delivery hose.  The outside of the bladder has useful information printed in blue that includes gradated measuring lines for water volume (0.5 L, 1.0 L, 1.5 L, 2.0 L & 16 oz, 32 oz, 48 oz, 64 oz), a description of how to use the quick connect system at the integral co-molded hose attachment, cleaning and storage information, bite valve adjustment tips, warranty information, bite valve replacement instructions, warnings and recommended temperature ranges (120 F, 50 C, 5 F, -20 C).  Having discarded the packaging, I find that having this information printed right on the product to be very useful.
      This product is constructed of BPA-free material and can be placed inside the hydration chamber available in many backpacks.  The hose attaches and detaches easily by using the built-in quick connect system.  The Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) bite valve conveniently screws off for easy cleaning or replacement.
      The manufacturer warns that this product is made of small parts and, if detached, can be a choking hazard for young children.  The manufacturer also warns that this reservoir system should not be filled with alcohol, food or dairy products.
      Finally, the manufacturer provides a full guarantee against defects in workmanship and materials to the original purchaser for one year from the date of purchase.
       
      FIELD REVIEW
       
      I originally purchased 2 of these bladders for a biking hydration pack about 3 years ago.   My son and I have used them on several scouting trips such as caving, biking and hiking. In the approximately 10 days of use, neither of us have had any trouble with leaking bladders, hoses or bite valves.  However, we have not used this product in temperatures less than 40 F (4 C).
      I like many of the features this system has to offer such as a large 2-1/16” (5.2 cm) inside diameter fill opening.  Not only does this “EZ FILL” feature practically eliminate spills while filling and allow the bladder to be filled without removing from the backpack, it’s also wide enough to add ice cubes.  There are also 2 tabs (one above and one below) that make holding the bladder easy while filling.  The top tab also allows the bladder to be clipped to the top (inside) of a backpack or hung from some type of support structure around camp such as a tree or dining fly.
      The flexible bite valve fit comfortably in my mouth and to allow the flow of water I simply bite the valve with my teeth.  I found the flow of water to be adequate, but would prefer more water per sip.
      The bite valve is removable by twisting the bite valve 4 full turns while the filler cap takes ½ turn to remove.  These features make cleaning the system very easy.  As mentioned earlier in this review, the replacement information is printed directly on the bladder.
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      The hose is attached to the bladder by an integral co-molded attachment with a quick release.  This is convenient if I want to carry a second bladder without having to carry a second hose and bite valve.  I could simply store the additional bladder, filled or empty, and swap bladders when needed.  However, this integration of the quick release means that if it breaks, I will have to replace the entire bladder.  If the bladder needs replacing, the hose/bite valve assembly can be used as a spare for the replacement system.
      The bladder also includes Outdoor Product’s LastDrop profile at the bottom of the bladder that allows the user to suck out all available water.
      This bladder has survived being stuffed in several hydration chambers of various packs such as biking backpacks, day packs and expedition packs as well as survived the packing pressure of gear stowed by not only an adult, but that of a pre-teenage scout.
       
      SUMMARY
       
      The Outdoor Products Cyclone Hydration System is a sturdy, low-cost, reliable hydration system.  While it may not be an ultralight product, it’s a strong system with several convenient features.
       
      THINGS I LIKE
       
      Large top mounted fill opening for no-mess filling
      Ability to add ice to bladder through large fill opening
      Bladder does not need to be removed from pack to fill
      Inexpensive
      Can hang system from a tree while in camp
      Important information is printed directly on the bladder
       
      THINGS I DON'T LIKE
       
      Heavy
       
      SIGNATURE
       
      Jim Russell
       
       
       
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    • Jim Russell
      Ray,   Edits have been made.  Find uploaded review at the following link.  Thank you for your time!   http://tinyurl.com/au4u7hh   Jim
      Message 2 of 4 , Jan 11, 2013
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        Ray,
         
        Edits have been made.  Find uploaded review at the following link.  Thank you for your time!
         
        http://tinyurl.com/au4u7hh
         
        Jim


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        From: Ray <rayestrella@...>
        To: BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 6:50 AM
        Subject: [BackpackGearTest] EDIT: OR - Outdoor Products Cyclone Hydration Reservoir - Jim Russell


         

        Hi Jim,

        Almost there. Just a couple more things to take care of. Once I see that the link is corrected I will make the new folder for the permanent review. So fix this a shoot me a link and repost when corrected.

        Ray

        LOCATION: Virginia Beach, VA

        EDIT: please spell out the name of the state for the benefit of our international readers

        ***Manufacturer's Website: Outdoor Products

        EDIT: the URL needs to be spelled out (and clickable), so: http://outdoorproducts.com




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      • Ray
        Jim can you make the link active (clickable) please? Once I see that it is good to upload. Thanks, Ray
        Message 3 of 4 , Jan 13, 2013
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          Jim can you make the link active (clickable) please? Once I see that it is good to upload.

          Thanks,

          Ray
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