As described in my previous review, I purchased two different lengths of the FlexAble Hose with the buy one get one free offer in September of 2012 with disappointing results. I decided to give the Pocket Hose Ultra a try based on the claim that it is three times stronger than the original.
One flaw with the original Pocket Hose and other expandable hoses was that the ends would simply shoot off and disconnect under even low water pressure. According to pockethose.com, the Pocket Hose Ultra promises new tight seal amber tip connectors that are three times more durable. The entire construction is supposed to be new and improved.
I bought my 50′ Pocket Hose Ultra at a home improvement store for $19.99. This is $10 less than I had previously paid for a comparable 50′ expandable hose.
Being careful to turn the spigot on to only half pressure, I started using my Pocket Hose Ultra. It expanded as expected and worked just fine. The convenience of having such a light weight and easy to move garden hose was worth having hardly any water pressure while watering my plants.
I disconnected the Pocket Hose Ultra from that spigot and attached it to the other side of the house. The tight seal amber tip connectors held up to the task, however, the hose itself burst the fourth time I used it. I can honestly say I always made sure that the water pressure was low.
I was able to get my money back but it is disappointing that two years later the construction of expandable hoses has not improved enough to make them function long-term.
In my previous review I stated that I would purchase this type of flexible hose again if there were a quality product that has metal ends that stay attached. The ends stayed attached to the Pocket Hose Ultra but it still burst.