First of all the name Platypus is really fun to say especially when you try and say it fast a couple times in a row, actually go ahead and give it a try, (Plat-a-pus), as a brand Platypus name is one that every outdoor man and woman should be familiar with.
I have spent the spring and early summer biking around the Tetons wearing the 10 Liter Platypus Duthie AM 10 Hydration Pack for this review. Find out how this Platypus backpack performed below:
Platypus Duthie AM 10 Review
One of the first things that got me excited about reviewing a backpack from Platypus was knowing just how amazing their soft-sided water bottles performed in just about every condition you can throw at them. And when it comes to their backpacks we had reviewed the Tokul 8 from Platypus back in 2013 which earned a 4-star rating.
However, the new Streamlined All-Around Hydration Pack known as the Duthie A.M. 10.0 is truly in a class of its own.
Platypus Duthie Hydration
Since Platypus is all about delivering hydration to people performing rad activities lets start with by talking about the reservoir. The Platypus Duthie AM 10 features a 3-liter zip bag closure reservoir.
The Big Zip™ LP reservoir offers up a moderate day’s worth of water supply (30 minutes to say 4 hours) but more importantly with this style of zip bag closure you are guaranteed that your water will be there when you need it.
Say goodbye to leaky reservoirs. And thanks to magnetic clip-free access to the bite valve, your hose and mouthpiece will always be in the perfect spot.
Surprisingly Platypus doesn’t talk much about the mouthpiece on this backpack, which is really unique. The HyperFlow™ bite valve can be easily opened and closed with one hand by sliding the plastic piece back and forth.
Once opened the water flow is different from some of the other hydration packs we have tested in the past. If anything it takes a little more effort to get the water to come out and then when it does it’s not the usual gulps of water you may have experience in the past, which again I thought was a nice thing.
It gave me just the amount of water I needed without feeling wasteful. The only downside to this was when going to offer my dog water from the mouthpiece the flow of water trickled out. This situation was easily solved by sliding the mouthpiece off and allowing the water to flow out like a hose.
There are a total of 11 pockets and sleeves to store your goods, snacks, and tools and just about everything else you would need for a mountain bike ride.
Starting on the waist belt and working up there are 2 pockets on your hips that are surprisingly deep which means they can store a bunch of stuff from snacks to knives a phone, and much more. On the front of the pack, there are another 2 zippered pockets.
The lower pocket works great for storing things like your car keys and wallet while the upper pocket is fleece lined. I tend to use the upper pocket to store my sunscreen and additional snacks. Although it could easily be used as it was originally intended to hold sunglasses.
On the inside of the pack in the main compartment, there is a zippered pocket and 3 sleeves for storing your tools.
You can easily fit a bike pump, multi-tool and just about everything else you would need for a repair on the trail here and some. Along with your fix-it stuff, there’s room for a first aid kit, rain jacket, headlamp and whatever else you may want to throw in there.
The second compartment on the inside of the pack is known as the “Smart hydration pocket” it’s designed to hold the 3-liter reservoir with little hooks at the top of the pack and reservoir that stop the sleeve from sliding around, truly a well thought out piece of the backpack.
On the side of the backpack, there are 2 deep open pockets that work well for storing additional water bottles, a coffee bottle or in our case here in the Tetons a can of bear spray.
I wanted to save the best for last, the way the Platypus Duthie AM 10 Hydration Pack fits. Thanks to the brand new FloatAir™ back panel you’re going to stay cool and comfortable while on the trail regardless of how much weight you have stuffed into the pack.
Even when the temperature outside was hot, I managed to stay cool while biking wearing this backpack. Without getting too technical the back panel mixes mesh, with a lightweight wire frame that offers unparalleled and maximized airflow.
If you tend to run hot and end up with a sweaty back after long rides, be sure to consider picking up the Platypus Duthie AM 10 Hydration Pack.
The Platypus Duthie backpack can easily be used as designed for mountain biking which it does really well, however next time you find yourself going for a day hike you may just opt for this all mountain hydration pack instead.