For #1 I'm setting up a repetitive pull test on the bite valve using a drill to test the number of pulls any hose can handle. The setup is going to look like a train engine wheel, every revolution will pull on the mechanical linkage which will yank on the bite valve which will be attached to a spring that will help modulate the force.
Its not as critical for paintballers, but trust me, its annoying as shit when you climbing on a 5.11 pitch and your 20 feet over your last piece (which means your fall will be over 40 feet) of protection, and your bite valve flies off liberally spraying your feet with water. Or when you are backpacking and it comes off and you loose a day's supply of water... yeah, it sucks.
For #2 I'm probably going to mix up a glucose+water mix put it in a bladder and then rinse it out with one volume of the bladder's water, then test it using urinalysis strips (which are sensitive to glucose). This will tell us how easy any of these things will be to clean.
Bladders being tested include:
Camelback Omega Reservoir
Platypus Big Zip SL
Nalgene CXC Bladder
Kelty CXC Bladder
Hydrapak Reversible II Reservoir
If anyone cares, thats cool, if not, thats cool too. I think this kind of stretches the definition of "paintball fact" so feel free to shut the thread down if it isn't what you guys want to see in here.
Edited by Troy, 09 December 2008 - 09:54 AM.