User Review: Platypus Platy Bottle
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: >$10
Lightest, most durable bottle on the market!
- If they can be destroyed, I haven't seen it!
- Lightweight (0.5oz)
- Easy to use drink valve
- Harder to fill
- Narrow opening doesn't work with some filters
- Won't hold a Trailspace sticker.
I first started using a Platypus bottle in my caving pack. Anything that goes caving gets BEAT UP. I have squished this thing through tight holes, kicked it ahead of me, dragged it behind me. I've mistakenly sat on it. I've even fallen on it. It's taken all that abuse and more.
As I've looked for ways to move into ultralight packing, the Platypus made perfect sense. It weighs less than half as much as a Nalgene bottle. It fits better into those tight external pockets on packs. I can fold it up when empty and slip it into my pocket.
And it can double as a pillow at night!
One drawback is it doesn't fit some filters very well. Many of the UV filters on the market are incompatible with the narrow opening.
Also, it takes some work to fill it in shallower water. It streams where I'd normally just scoop with my Nalgene, I found I had to hold my Platys at a steep angle to get them to fill...and forget out using any kind of netting as a strainer. It seems no water will go in that way.
Still, my Platys have become my "go to" waterbottle on any trip.
OH! One more drawback...I can't stick my Trailspace stickers on 'em. (I tried!)