Platypus Origin 9
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $36
Really functional and tough little pack for day tripping or riding.
I just used the pack for a week in Hawaii. I can't begin to describe how impressed I am with the quality of the materials and the design. A lot of thought has gone in to this pack and I appreciated it more and more as the week went on.
It's a small pack with a lowish profile that's perfect for day hikes. It has two separate zip compartments, one that holds a 3.0L bladder and the other with 9L of storage. There is also an external access sleeve pocket on the back and two open hip pockets on the belt, and there is a zippered mesh bag on the inside of the 9L compartment. All those areas make it really easy to organize and access gear. I especially like the hip pockets.
The material is stretchy and seems to hold items snugly. I can fit a couple of energy bars and my camera in to one, and it makes for really easy access for my most used items. The pack also has some nice little loop attachments on the back a few spots to increase it's overall functionality. And it also repels water really well. Rain and spray beaded up and rolled off.
Besides the waist belt there is also a breast strap. The best part about that is that you can slide it up and down the shoulder straps so you can put it in the right spot for your body. That's a big bonus for a girl with big breasts! The slide mechanism is really tight so once you've moved it it does stay where you put it!
The bladder deserves a review of of its own but I'm going to add it in here. The Big Zip reservoir has a really tough feel to it. The entire top of it opens like an extra heavy duty ziplock bag. Having a wide opening like that is awesome. It's super easy to fill, put ice cubes in and dry out at the end of the day. A piece of plastic slides over the ziplock securing it really well and providing a perfect handle for it and the holes that are used to suspend it in the pack. There is a quick connect for the hose at the bottom and the tube comes with a locking quick-bite valve.
The pack holds an amazing amount of stuff. I did a day hike to a snorkeling area and I was able to fit the 3 L bladder in with it full to the top with water, a bath sized towel, lunch, first aid kit, bottle of sunscreen, wallet, snorkel, mask and fins along with my camera, phone and other little stuff. It was absolutely stuffed full but it carried really comfortably.
I think Platypus is discontinuing this model so you might be able to pick it up for pretty cheap right now. That's why I originally bought it. I got it for around the cost of just the bladder. All in all a big thumbs up!
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The Origin 9 hydration pack is good for everything from cold-weather hiking to all-day summer epics.
* 3.0L Big Zip SL reservoir included
* Dedicated reservoir pocket to maintain pack capacity
* Multiple tube routing options
* Fast, easy reservoir access
* 9-liter weatherproof gear storage compartment
* Two on-the-go waist sleeve stuff pockets
* Internal mesh organizer Pocket
* Quick access panel sleeve
* Welded light loop/lash points and reflective detailing
* Stretch harnessing and webbing for active use
* Waterproof fabrics and seams
* Water-resistant zippers
* Contoured, ventilated BioCurvem back panel
Here's what other sites are saying:
Pack up the Platypus Origin 5 hydration pack for an all day adventure or a 2 hour power hike. This lightweight pack has practical hydration and gear storage to keep you going mile after mile. Main compartment features a small hanging zippered organizer pocket and key clip, helping you keep your essentials close at hand and easy to access. Front stash pocket holds often used items such as shedded layers, energy food or a headlamp. Twin on-the-go waist pockets for stashing small essentials such as lip balm, sunscreen and a multi-tool. Includes 3.0 Big Zip SL 3-liter reservoir features a "self-energizing" seal to prevent accidental opening; rounded corners make for easy cleaning. SlideLock with secondary reinforcement ensures a secure and easy closure every time. HyperFlow(TM) Bite Valve delivers a thirst-quenching high flow rate; shut-off valve features a 90deg angle for easy drinking. Reservoir is lined with SlimeGuard(TM), an antimicrobial treatment that keeps water fresh and taste frees. Also features padded shoulder straps, sternum strap, webbing waistbelt and 2 integrated tube clips (1 on each shoulder strap for directing drinking tube). Waterproof, welded, all-weather zippers and heat-taped seams ensure a weatherproof construction. Lash points, light loops and reflective detailing allow you to strap on extra gear and lights. Closeout.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Platypus Origin 9.0 Hydration Pack DECENT FEATURES of the Platypus Origin 9.0 Hydration Pack Weatherproof construction waterproof, 10,000mm-coated fabrics, welded, all-weather zippers and heat-taped seams Integrated hydration dedicated, easy-access compartment for included 2.0L Big Zip SL reservoir, options for top, bottom, left or right hose routing, lightweight reservoir suspension toggles, and locking hose clips Clean design precisely what you need and nothing you don't to keep things light and simple Refined fit bioCurve back panel, plus ergonomic shoulder straps with soft, stretch-woven surfaces and high and low shoulder strap attachment points for long and short torsos, respectively Essential features zippered waist pockets - internal organizer - welded light loop/lash points - reflective detailing The SPECS of the Platypus Origin 9.0 Hydration Pack Gear Capacity: 9.0 liter Reservoir: 3.0 liter Big Zip SL Back Length: 18in. / 45.7 cm Pack Weight: 1 lb 2 oz / 497 g Reservoir Weight: 5.8 oz / 165 g This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
The ultralight Platypus Origin 9 pack expands your range thirst-trouncing 3.0L Big Zip Reservoir and nine liters of dedicated gear storage. Its your go-to pack to stoke adventures lasting from a 2-hour, cold-weather blast to ultralight all-day epic. Reservoir Included.
You have a day-long adventure planned, but aren't sure of the weather; pack both your warm and your waterproof layers into the Origin 9.0 Hydration Pack just to be sure. You'll also be sure to have enough liquids to keep you going, thanks to the large 3-liter BigZip SL reservoir.