Gear Question

I love the ease of this filter but am...

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I love the ease of this filter but am bothered by not being able to open the "clean" bladder for cleaning and drying. When I store it, it doesn't dry, and develops a moldy-musty odor, even though I have treated it with bleach water prior to storing. Anyone been able to solve this problem?

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your comment is very confusing. the clean bladder opens up the same as the dirty bladder. are you sure you don't have some other system?

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I know what he means. I had to prop it open in the sun for quite a while before it dried out. Love it though.

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I dry my clean reservoir in three steps: 1. Clean/rinse and then invert/drain/dry for 6-12 hours to get most water out; 2. Insert two re-formed coat hangers through the cap opening and lay reservoir horizontal; 3. I've rigged a small fan to introduce a modest amount of air through the cap opening. Mine is clean and bone dry in less than than 12 hours. Another option, I think, would be to clean/rinse/drain and then flatten and store in the freezer. It'll thaw quickly when you remove for your next adventure.

My GravityWorks system came with a "zip" dirty reservoir and a "non-zip" clean reservoir. The current owners manual shows the same configuration (see pic below). Perhaps they changed product so that both reservoirs have zip access. I prefer the non-zip reservoir for my clean side - it's about an ounce lighter than the dirty zip reservoir and there's little chance that you'd accidentally dip the clean reservoir in water source (because it doesn't have the large zip opening).

I dry my clean reservoir in three steps:  1. Clean/rinse and then invert/drain/dry for 6-12 hours to get most water out;  2. Insert two re-formed coat hangers through the cap opening and lay reservoir horizontal;  3. I've rigged a small fan to introduce a modest amount of air through the cap opening.  Mine is clean and bone dry in less than than 12 hours.  Another option, I think, would be to clean/rinse/drain and then flatten and store in the freezer.  It'll thaw quickly when you remove for your next adventure. <br/>  <br/> My GravityWorks system came with a "zip" dirty reservoir and a "non-zip" clean reservoir. The current owners manual shows the same configuration (see pic below).  Perhaps they changed product so that both reservoirs have zip access.  I prefer the non-zip reservoir for my clean side - it's about an ounce lighter than the dirty zip reservoir and there's little chance that you'd accidentally dip the clean reservoir in water source (because it doesn't have the large zip opening).
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Hope I can clarify this thread... The clean bladder does not have a zippered opening (I checked out one on the shelf at REI in Madison, WI yesterday). I visited the Platypus website again a few minutes ago and all current pics and descriptions show that clean bladder does not have a zippered opening. See my 8/20/12 response for more info. See pic below (shows zippered dirty bladder and non-zippered clean bladder).

Hope I can clarify this thread... The clean bladder does not have a zippered opening (I checked out one on the shelf at REI in Madison, WI yesterday).  I visited the Platypus website again a few minutes ago and all current pics and descriptions show that clean bladder does not have a zippered opening.  See my 8/20/12 response for more info.  See pic below (shows zippered dirty bladder and non-zippered clean bladder).
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The original CleanStream did have a zippered opening on the clean bag. The GravityWorks does not. Inverting the bag on a Kitchen bag dryer works well to get the bag mostly dry, then just hang it out of the way for a few days and it should be good to go. Otherwise, for a quicker solution, lay it flat in the bottom of your freezer. That will keep the critters at bay and takes up almost zero space.

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According to the Platypus webpage, the clean bag does not have a zipped opening by design. This is to prevent the possibility of cross contamination from accidentally using the clean bag to collect source water.