I hike often and purchased my Osprey bladder over a year and a half ago and love it. I've never had any issues with it... except for the fact that Osprey did not make bite valve covers. I see now they do (*super* excited!) but it seems there is no way you can purchase them as purchases for this product cannot be made on Osprey's site and they do not carry it in stores... so I'm confused.
As far as comments saying it should come with the bladder, of course it should; however, none of the other brands have covers that come with the bladders so it is not just an Osprey decision. Simply put, it is a way companies make money.
Agree with all the reviews that this is such a necessity that it should have come packaged with the hydration pack. It is so difficult to get one here in Singapore as there's no official dealer. Buying online is not possible as well nd it's not that cheap either. Found a 100% fit.from Hydrapak. Packaged with the replacement Blaster Bite Valve. More affordable as well.
Agree - Should come with hydration bag
Strange this does not come standard with the pricey hydration bags, especially since they do come with magnets to hold the tube to pack straps, a nice-to-have feature but not as essential as keeping the bite valve clean. I've had the unpleasant experience of having the valve open when accidently jammed beneath my pack, spilling water everywhere, including inside my tent. Given that my Osprey pack is loaded with handy features (love the big elastic pocket on the front) and that most other hydration bag makers include a valve cover, the decision by Osprey not to include it seems odd and just cheap.
Should be included with purchase of hydration pack
I agree with another reviewer that this should come standard with the purchase of your Hydraulic Reservoir/and or pack. My hydraulic bag was not inexpensive and I will take the liberty of presuming it has a decent mark-up for Ospry, so the fact that this is not included is highly disappointing.
This should just come with the hydraulics pack
This needs to come with the hydraulics pack originally. it's fine to be able to get a spare, or get one separately if it gets lost, but to not come with the original equipment seems like a grave oversight.