I purchased the original, performed great but didn't last very long. I filled out their form, sent back the ends and received new hoses. The newer hoses had a different and stronger cover. I have been using for three years and haven't had a problem until today when one of the hoses started to bulge. When I think back to using hose reels and heavy hoses this is an excellent product, especially for us older people that don't want to carry or pull around a heavy hose.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend