We thought they should have called it Drip-Be-Gone.
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A shut off valve is a must have for any hydration system. The angle this adds makes it much easier to use the hydration system, and it makes sure you don't lose any water from the bite valve getting pinched. It also allows you to remove the bite valve and hang a hydration bladder like the big zip from a tree and use this as your camp faucet. I left it hanging overnight one time to try and get it to leak, and in the morning, there was no sign of any leaking.
Platypus Shut Off Valve Rocks!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm a huge fan of Platypus products (see my reviews of their GravityWorks water filtration/storage system and Platy SoftBottle water bottle). I added a Shut Off Valve to my kit a couple of years ago and have since bought more. The valve does what they say: 1) a quick turn of the valve keeps water from leaking (say, in the event of a pinched bite valve); 2) the 90-degree angle makes mid-stride sips a breeze.
This lightweight accessory (0.2 oz) is recommended.
Note: Pic below shows my son's Platypus Shut Off Valve atop pack before 20 mile loop in Utah's Canyonlands N.P.