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Platy Bottle

rated 5 of 5 stars An essential piece of my gear and I never leave home for the backcountry without it. This simple water container has good capacity, is compact, and has proven to be reliable. It is also compatible with other gear like my Sawyer Squeeze water filter. Why write a review about a water bottle? Well, for me, these Platypus 2 liter water bottles are some essential pieces of my gear that I never leave home for the backcountry without. I like to stay hydrated. These container come in various sizes from… Full review

GravityWorks Filter System 4L

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Super easy to set up, use, and take down. Set it and forget it. Packs really light! Only problem my team had was keeping the closure cap with the system. This filtration system was very effective in filtering water for six people for a three-day overnight camping trip up to Lake Lovely Water.  It took approximately 45 minutes to get 3 litres of filtered water to each member for their hydration packs (18 litres total) and it was easy and fast and we were able to ready our packs while we filtered. Full review

GravityWorks Filter System 4L

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent filter, works fast. I have always purchased Cascade Designs (which Platypus is a part of) products whenever I can because of the excellent customer service and excellent products. They won't be the cheapest product around, but I have an MSR WhispeLite stove, BaseCamp pad, Vela HD quilt, and Platypus water filter. When I got this filter from Amazon it was missing the proprietary connection to one of the bags. I called Platypus on a Saturday and a very helpful (English speaking) person… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars Compact and easily packed when empty, a stronger than it looks one-liter water bottle. I have seven and love them: 2 blue, 1 red, 1 mountains, etc. The different colors help me keep track of water being purified. I'll pump or squeeze a couple of bottles of water around camp that night, and then use Katadyn Micropur tablets to purify in others overnight. I carry a few when backpacking, especially if I carry wine in a couple .75 liter Camelbak Chutes. After the wine is gone the .75's replace the… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars The Platypus SoftBottle caught my attention as something practical for excursions requiring lightweight, tightly packed gear. I admit that I really thought I could get the bottle to leak. As it turns out, the bottle soared to the top of my list of water bottles to carry for any excursion. One liter equals about 34 ounces. In a Platypus 1L soft bottle, weighing in at a hefty 1.2 ounces, the total weight tips the scale at a little over two pounds. I suppose you could go lighter, like carry water in… Full review

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Platypus Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Congratulations, Emily, Winner of $350 of Platypus Gear
Congratulations, Emily, winner of a nine-piece, hydration kit from Platypus Hydration, SealLine, and PackTowl! Emily won this $350 gear prize just for sharing her kayak review in August. Read more
August 31, 2015

Final Days: Review to Win $350 of Platypus Hydration
Review your outdoor gear by this Sunday, August 30, and you're entered to win a plethora of Platypus prizes worth more than $350. Read more
August 26, 2015

Win a Platypus Hydration Kit by Reviewing Your Gear
Review your outdoor gear and you could win a hydration kit worth more than $350 from Platypus Hydration, including lightweight dry sacks, collapsible water bottles, a water filter, and backpack. Read more
August 18, 2015

Review Your Gear to Win $350 Platypus Hydration Kit
We're giving away a true backcountry essential: clean water. Thanks to Platypus, one Trailspace member will win a hydration kit worth more than $350, just for sharing a review of their outdoor gear. Read more
August 11, 2015

Stop the Swelter: Win $350 of Platypus Hydration Gear
Summer may swelter, but Platypus wants you to stay hydrated on the trail year-round. From a hydration pack to a water filter system, this month we're giving one member a plethora of Platypus prizes worth more than $350. Read more
August 1, 2015

Trailspace Top Ten: Your Best Outdoor Gear
For Trailspace's Best Outdoor Gear List, we turned to you, our community members. We've compiled one ultimate gear list from your 24,000 reviews, featuring your best shelter, sleeping bag, stove, water treatment, multi-tool, light, navigation, trekking poles, backpack, and food and drink. Read more
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