Weighing in at just 0.8 oz for the .5 liter version, the Platypus SoftBottle is the lightest, most flexible water bottle available.
Platypus Water Bottles are more like tough bags made of Nylon – Polyethylene that can be boiled or frozen. I assume this is the type of stuff military personal are using. The Platypus bottle is flexible forming to almost any shape and best of all weights 80% less than traditional hard plastic bottles.
The flexibility of the bottle has got to be the biggest selling point as you can literally fit the 2.0 Liter bottle anywhere in your backcountry pack – even next to your shovel blade. And if your looking for even more storage the Platypus can be rolled up when not in use. The ultimate backpacking tool.
Anyone that has spent time hiking around the backcountry when temperatures are below the freezing mark can attest to the fact that most hydration systems and water bottles fail in cold temperatures. My first experience with this happened while doing an Avalanche class on Vail Pass. Temperature’s hovered around -15 and needless to say my hydration tube from a well-known backpack brand was frozen solid.
The only issue I have found with the Platypus bags or bottles is cleaning. I have heard they make a brush that can get down inside the bag to clean. However, as long as your only using water and not sports drinks or liquor you should be able to use your bag for many years without any trouble.
- Made in the USA!
- No BPA
- Lightweight (.5 liter/0.8 oz, 1.0 liter/1.2 oz)
- Available with Closure Cap, Push-Pull Cap (select models), or our new dual-valve HyperFlow™ Cap (select models).
- Available in a variety of colors
I have an entire cupboard full of water bottles (every style and brand imaginable), but since receiving the SoftBottle, it has been the only bottle I’ve used. My only (minor) gripe – it’s easy to lose the Push-Pull Cap, and difficult to add ice. I’m OK with that, because this bottle fits in my bag, cup holder, and hand easily and takes up much less room when it’s empty.
Ideal Users: Hikers, Campers, Festival/Concert Attendees
Years later I found myself sitting atop a peak in Haines, Alaska about to drop into one of the best runs of my life when the guide pulled out a funky looking water bottle known as the Platypus.
Using a reusable bottle from Platypus is a great way to help avoid using plastic water bottles.