The Platypus SoftBottle is one of the most versatile bottles we've found. Not only does it hold the drink of your choice but it is really packable when not in use, just simply roll it up and stash it away.
Soft BPA free material gives this bottle full flexibility so can be stored in pockets and sleeves of various volumes and shapes. Platypus's Clean-Taste guarantee ensure that water will not be tainted. Each size bottle comes with a choice of colour and cap, the closure cap being a simple screw closure where as the Push Pull Cap simple and quick to open/close.
And these bottles are good for the environment, this is because they are reusable time and time again. The tough material is manufactured using less energy than to produce a hard bottle and ensures they last.
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+ Doesnt leak. More robust than it looks. Packs down small when empty. Very lightweight.
- A little uncomfortable for a hand carry.
This was a great idea. I do all sorts in the outdoors, MTB, hike, climb, snowboard, trail run. Having faffed around with hydration bags, tubes and valves and then reverted to cycle style bottles I thought I would try this compromise. The softbottle is very rucksac friendly, easy to fill and drink from and I think I might buy a couple more. The material is really light and I am thinking is it strong enough but so far its taken reasonable levels of abuse with no disaster. The only thing on my itinerary its not going to get used for is road cycling.
I prefer a water bag over a rigid bottle because it is easier to pack in my bag, can be squashed down to nothing when not used and is a little lighter weight. I previously had a platypus bag that lasted 10 years and a lot of abuse before it started to leak. I can't complain about that and I'll be expecting this one to last just as long.
Only complaint with this is that it has a screw top rather than a bite valve. Not too big a problem though and I can swap it with the one that I have already if it annoys me.
Also works well as a hot water bottle inside a sleeping bag!
Firstly i must say the new design platypus bottles are a vast improvement over the previous model which i have as well. One of the reasons i think they are a better design is the finish on the plastic and the color on the bottle covers all of the bottle. I bought two of the 1 litre bottles one in Grey one in blue the platypus logo on the grey has a gold outline. The logo on the blue platypus is normal clear. They are lighter in weight than the source bottles which weigh 29grams the platypus 1 litre weighs in at 24 grams also if you use the platypus push pull caps they are easier to drink out of than the source bottles
I'm a trail runner (OK, I might actually walk up some of those big hills!) and I usually manage 20 miles a week. Once a month I try to squeeze in a Yorkshire three peaks as well. As most of my runs take over an hour over moorland, I use a 12 litre hydration vest with a 1.5 litre bladder. (I'll not mention the "S" word as Facewest don't sell them) This is more than adequate, however I find it to be just a little short of fluid capacity for the Y3P, especially on the rare occasions when it's hot!
Hence the Platypus Platy Softbottle! My very first "soft bottle."
I wanted a lightweight 0.5 litre bottle which would fit in the front pouch of my hydration pack and this seemed to fit the bill. Plus it was cheaper than the one from my pack manufacturer. I got the fetching red colour to match my pack and went for the Hyperflow bite valve option.
Does it work? Well, I've used it twice now and it fits the pouch of my pack without falling out, it holds (almost) 0.5L, you can drink out of it and it rolls up. So why only 3 stars?
This is NOT a soft bottle! The plastic is stiff, unlike some other soft bottles (won't mention the "S" word again) and the edges are quite sharp, so I'm not sure if it will do my pack much good in the long run. (no pun intended there)
You can roll it up as it empties but, because of the stiffness, it wants to unroll again. It would take minimal room up when empty and would quite easily fit into your pocket. Just don't expect it to "squidge" up.
The bite valve, which doesn't leak, is OK and fairly easy to use, just don't bite too hard or nothing comes out. Also, you do need to give it a little help by squeezing the bottle. Just sucking on the bite valve without squeezing tends to make you go a little blue and may make you fall over! I'd say it's OK if you're walking, but not when pelting full blast down Pen-y-Ghent! To be fair, it will probably loosen up over time.
Filling isn't easy because of the stiffness. To fill to capacity, I found I had to "blow" the bottle up after half filling it and then top it up.
I'm not sure how much abuse this will take before the plastic cracks. After a couple of uses I'm seeing stress marks in the material, but only time will tell with this.
In conclusion, I'd say that this is a cheap(ish) way to save space and carry extra fluids, but personally, from a running perspective, I'll use this as a backup and not as a main source. If you're walking though, you may find this a great addition to your kit.
Rolls up small
Non-leak Hyperflow bite valve
Cheaper than an actual "soft" bottle
Stiff, sharp, plastic
Difficult to use when running
I bought the 0.5l hyperflow version and to be honest am not that impressed.
First of all mine isn't 500mls / 17 fl oz, it's actually 470mls /16fl oz. A detail yes but still not what it says on the tin.
Secondly, the shut off valve really isn't all that convenient and quite annoying to work in practice, basically my hand can't get a hold of the shut off bit very well and when I try turning it using the bite valve well all that happens is that the bite valve twists around..
Thirdly, it leaks..... It doesnt matter how much I tighten it or loosen it, it leaks... Not huge amounts but enough that you dribble water all over your t-shirt... As for the sales pitch regarding BPA free well to be honest in this day and age it should be a given and not a marketing tool.
I have given it a 2/5 because it does fit well in the hand and am sure it can handle a decent amount of abuse. Just not for me.
I have owned the 2 litre bottle for several years and that has proved to be a robust product so bought a smaller 1 litre with the simple cap to compliment the larger bottle on lightweight backpacking trips. Same great quality construction and robustness applies to this bottle and with care it is possible to drink from the bottle while holding it in your hand without spilling it everywhere. I would assume that it would be far easier to drink from in the hand with a Hyperflow valve. Even so, I wouldn't use it as my main water bottle and am only using it for extra capacity. When full it will fit in my Golite Jam side pockets as they are fairly large but it will not fit in the smaller side pockets of my OMM Adventure Light 20 or Inov8 Race Pak 32. If you don't yet own one of these bottles bear in mind that they can be difficult to fill from streams and still water. I often have to use my cooking pot to pour the water into the bottle.
I decided to buy the one litre hyperflow version of this bottle to use as my drink bottle whilst backpacking. The shape gives sure, easy handling and should mean it stays put in the mesh side pocket of my pack. The easyflow mouthpiece means no top to unscrew whilst walking and it seems robust enough to take the knocks. So all good then - well almost I would have liked the security of an attachment point for a mini karabiner.
I love this bottle! I bought it for a long walk this summer as I often seem to hurt my teeth on the sports caps. Well, this top is brilliant. I have seen quite a few negative reviews about not being able to get the water out, not fast enough flow etc. If you twist it, it will open. And if you bite the upper ring fairly gently it will give a good flow of water, but when you stop biting it will not leak, even in your bag, even if you don't close it. Of course if you jump on it it probably would. However, I now use it to keep water beside my bed; you don't have to lift your head to drink in the middle of the night, and the cap is so tight that no air bubbles get in, and of course no creepy crawlies can get in either. Would thoroughly recommend. Advice is, the turn to open close is not a sharp click so you do have to experiment, but you don't need a degree to work it out.
This is my minimal bottle choice when I am using a small pack or struggling reducing the weight of my pack. It folds up into the tiniest thing and is really tough I have practically crushed it full of water in my pack before with no splits or leakage. It can be a bit wobbly when standing it up and pumping water into it using a filter but once it's partially full it's relatively stable. For the weight and pack size everyone should own one of these considering how little it weighs there's not a lot that can compete with it, even the lightest bladders are heavier than one of the these.
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