better than the platypus
Long story short, often times when you're doing a paddling endurance races you need to hook a drink tube to your water source that can stretch far enough so that it will go in your mouth and let you paddle without having to hold it in your mouth while you bite down and drink. The Platypus does not allow for this b/c it's a more tough bite valve to bite down on and requires that you hold it in your mouth at a specific pressure point in your teeth so that you can actually apply enough press to get the water out.... if that makes sense. Basically I couldn't drink without using my hands with the platypus valves. These bite valves are more soft and allow for you to just put the valve in your mouth and then go hands free. I don't like the hydrolock ones b/c you have to suck a little harder.