The Platypus Platy 2L Bottle is the original bottle from Platypus and is still one of their best sellers. The great thing about these bottles is that they collapse to virtually nothing and weigh 80% less than a hard bottle, and the 2Litre capacity enables the Platy to be used as either a reservoir around camp or as a drinks bottle when on the move.
The Platy is BPA free and also tasteless but one of the great things is the durability of such a light bottle. They can withstand temperatures from freezing right up to boiling. Enabling you to store it in the freezer when not in use to prevent mildew and to sterilise it in boiling water.
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Great Bottle - used for the Cuillin Ridge back in March and will use for some Swiss Alpine Climbing (Cassin - Piz Badile) next week - packs down super small and carries a lot - it's been beaten about quite a bit and no sign of leak or damage as yet! Bit difficult to drink from but great for refilling my Nalgene. Great service from FaceWest - order placed Sunday night and arrived Wednesday morning - will be coming back for more.
I used to use the concertina type water carrier. Although they compress when empty, they do not pack down very well, plus the screw cap/spout is rubbish. The Platypus has a secure cap and packs down flat. I take all my camping gear on a motorcycle so all saved space is a help. Did not give it 5 points as I am sure that in time something else will turn up that's even better.
Great bottle that I have been using as a back up for bike packing trips. Folds very small and light and holds a lot of water. Fairly basic cap but does the job. Would not rule out the conversion kit at a later date. What makes this great is I can carry water in bike bottles during the day and then stock up on water in the Platypus for the trip to camp for cooking, drinking ,cleaning ect.. and during the day it just disappears in to the bag. Only downside is i find it very difficult to dry out completely after use. That is the reason for giving it 4 stars.
Excellent bottle, very practical and well constructed.
Excellent product, extremely versatile and easy to clean. Perfect for my job outdoors.
I had an old version of a platypus soft bottle but was disappointed with the agressive design and never dared to put it in my bag. But now the design is reviewed and no sharp contour anymore. Weight is 38 grams with the simple closure cap (3 grams). My use of it is for security, when the next source is far or unsure. This is a good choice.
After spending far too much time reading reviews on bladders, I decided to go with the 2 litre platypus bladder. The reasons were quite simple.
1) very lightweight
3) it is compatible with my Sawyer water filter
4) very few moving parts that can break :-)
After using it on a few 3 day hikes/camps, what I can say is that it works, it doesn't leak, it seems pretty solid, there is no bad taste from the plastic and importantly for me it fits on to my filter.
The con though is that it is a real pain to dry out, I'm not even sure if it has ever been fully dry since I got it. Even after leaving it in a warm dry room for a few days, there is still moisture in it.
All in all though, I'm a big fan.
Just a great simple product. Very lightweight, durable and compact with good capacity. Leaves no taste in water and is very durable and resistant. Comes in many different sizes so you can get a different size for a different purpose.
I've bought it as supplemental liquid storage if I'm in an area where there is no water sources.
What makes it perfect while hiking, climbing and backpacking for extra water storage is how it folds flat when empty but holds a lot of water when filled at almost no added weight.
This one comes with the regular screw cap version but you can transform it with Platypus spare parts. If you want to keep the system minimalist and compact stick with a regular screw cap.
Platy bottles do their job well, but cleaning them isn't the easiest because of small fill opening which also makes it takes longer to dry. Overall great product. Buy one, you won't be dissapointed!
I have had mine for 4 years now, still going strong. Very lightweight and packs down to nothing. Material durable, without doubt. Only downside is that since it is flexible/soft, it is difficult to fill up properly in the outdoors. Also, a wide mouth opening would be better since it would connect directly to any waterfilters.
I bought this recently from Facewest and absolutely love it. It's great to have a bottle that doesn't take up a 2ltr space when it's part full or empty. It seems really sturdy with no leakages or punctures so far and it's taken quite a bashing. Oh and it's super lightweight too!
My only niggle is that the lid is a bit cheap looking and feeling, and could be easily lost. Otherwise it's perfect! Buy, buy, buy!
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