The Outdoor Products Cyclone reservoir is 2 liter bladder that is pretty easy to clean, doesn’t appear to leak, is cost-effective, and comes with clear cleaning instructions.
I have used the OP reservoir on several long hikes to date and it seems to be able to perform without complaint.
The bite valve and host system are easily detached from the pack. The bite valve is holding up well, but when first starting out it does need to be prepared in line with the instructions.
Plus, I like the length of the hose which is more than enough to reach my mouth from its housing in my day pack’s water pouch.
After multiple uses, I haven’t really noticed any undesirable tastes in the drinking water, which can be a common complaint with certain other reservoirs.
This OP product is easy to close and easy to fill.
A solid replacement bladder system and I have no real concerns beyond the slow water flow.
- BPA-free material
- 100% tasteless and odorless
Quick connecting hose
- V-shaped reservoir easily fits in most 2 liter sized hydration packs
- Great flow hose and bite valve
For the cost of this reservoir, it is a perfect alternative to some of the more expensive options in the market. It appears to be solidly built (even comparable to the upper-priced packs) and it doesn’t leak.
A slight negative with this reservoir is the quite small mouthpiece which can make it more difficult to get a good gulp of water at once – although with some careful handiwork and a knife, it is possible to make the opening slightly larger.
This OP pack is a perfect method to haul water on a hike, run, or cycle adventure.
Most of the complete backpacks with built-in water solutions are noticeable more costly. Plus, it has the option to replace the mouthpiece, which means useable lifespan is easily extended should this part start to fail.
- Wide drinking cap, which is taint-less and flavorless
- Accepts ice cubes
- Low cost
The only real con I can have with the Outdoor Products 2L reservoir is the difficulty to fully drain once finished using the pack.
The hole placement is slightly up from the bottom, which leaves a small amount of water in the reservoir that is difficult to clear. However, this isn’t a major concern as a lot of the hydration packs are made in a similar fashion.
Outdoor Pro is certain to provide a practical addition to an active person’s arsenal and is much more cost-effective to purchase.
- Bite valve is quite small
- Lack of cover for the bite valve
- Can be difficult to clean/dry
Overall no problems or leaks in the time I have been using this pack. If you’re able to accept the slow water flow from the hose, it is certain to provide a practical choice.
Matt Green, is an avid hiker and lover of the great outdoors. He is always planning his next big trip or hitting the trails for a solo hike.
He’s traveled extensively to many remote regions and has plenty of experience exploring various terrains, and stories to tell.