EDIT: Platypus Platy Bottle Water Bladder Owner Review - Shane
Welcome to BackpackGearTest.org. I'm glad you've chosen a fairly
simple item for your first review, which will make things much
easier. I do have several edits for you, many of which are fairly
simple spelling, grammar, conversion items, etc. I also have a few
things I would like to see expanded, which is not at all uncommon
with a new reviewer. Please don't get discouraged you really have
a good start, and I don't think it will take much to get this in
Your edits and comments follow, taking this common format:
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### Comment: a suggestion for improvement, or simply a comment
Once you've made the necessary corrections and desired changes,
please repost to this list, using the title REPOST: Platypus Platy
Bottle OR Shane Williams.
### EDIT: Actually, on the Platypus website, they call it a "Platy
Bottle", so your title should actually be "Platypus Platy Bottle
Water Bladder" to follow our format of Manufacturer Name, Product
Name, and type of product.
Weight: 192 lbs.
### EDIT: Metric conversions are required for height and weight.
Email Address: sherpa[dot]colorado[at]gmail[dot]com
Location: Colorado Springs, CO.
### EDIT: In deference to our foreign readers, who are not familiar
with our state abbreviations, it is required to spell the name of the
I spent the majority of my childhood living in the very last house on
a dead end street. It was hard to tell exactly where my back yard
ended and the forest began. I would often go "exploring" the 100 plus
acre expanse that was simply referred to as "The Woods", and thus my
hiking passion was born. I've spent a good deal of time on the GA TN
- NC portion of the Appalachian Trail as well as many of the trails
around the South Eastern Region. Today I live in Colorado where I
spend my free time climbing as many mountains as possible. My
backpacking style can best be described as 60 percent "traveling in
style" and 40 percent "minimalist".
### EDIT: While interesting, you backpacking background is well over
our 100 word maximum. You will need to shorten it. The information
on where you backpack and climb is great (except you do need to spell
out the state names instead of abbreviating), but ideally your
background will talk more about your backpacking style and less about
childhood/youth experiences. We would prefer that you tell us the
type of shelter you use, typical pack weight, cooking style (gourmet?
Freezer bag? Pre-packaged freeze-dried?), hiking style (long
distance/long days or short distance/more camping?) or whatever
information you can fit in that gives us a clue about the type of
hiker/backpacker/camper you are. This will often help the reader of
a report visualize whether your style fits with theirs and whether
they might expect the same type of result with the product you are
reviewing based on compatibility of style. It also will help our
test managers and moderators in test selections as we often like to
see a variety of different styles on tests.
Listed Size: 7.5 x 13.5 in. / (19 x 35 cm)
### Comment: Generally we prefer not to see periods after
measurement abbreviations (such as the period you have here
after `in'. A handy guide to preferred ways of abbreviating, listing
measurements, etc. can be found at the bottom of the conversion tool
Reading the information and following the guidelines included will
make life a little easier both on you as a tester, and those of us
who will be editing your reports.
Measured Size: 7.18 x 13.25
### EDIT: You need both the units you measured in (in) and a metric
Weight: 1 oz / (30 g)
### EDIT: You need to list this as the manufacturer weight, and you
also need to give us your measured weight.
Capacity: 2+ liter/ (80 fl oz)
Available Sizes: 0.5 liter / (17 fl oz) and 1 liter / (35 fl oz.)
### Comment: You might want to include the word `other' in front of
The Platypus water hydration bottle is constructed of a triple layer
### Edit: `water hydration' bottle is redundant. Actually, you
should again refer to it by the actual product name of "Platy
Bottle" maybe something like "The Platy Bottle is a water bladder
### Edit/comment: Also, I am curious where you got the information
that it is a triple layer laminate material. Platypus FAQ's
states "multi-layer laminate of urethane and food-grade, taste-free
polyethylene film." If you can't verify elsewhere that it is 3-
layer, please change this to multi-layer. Listing the specific
materials would also be good.
Its gusseted bottom and collapsible modular design
make it one of the most versatile ways to carry water.
### Comment: This sound a little like manufacturer hype. I'd really
prefer to have something totally in your own words, or an expansion
on this. Why do you feel the gusseted bottom and modular design
makes it versatile?
I've used a Platypus water bottle on just about every backpacking and
hiking excursion for almost 10 years.
### Edit/comment: You should again either use the proper name
of "Platy Bottle" or if paraphrasing, the product really is a bladder
and not a bottle, so you could use "Platypus water bladder" instead.
A few notable trips are:
Savage Gulf Wilderness Area (TN)
### EDIT: Again, state names need to be spelled out, at least the
first time they appear in the report. If you prefer you could list
it like this the first time: Tennessee (TN) and then use the TN
abbreviation afterwards in the report.
24 mile 2 day trip into the wilderness area, primarily on the east
side of the park.
Temperature Range: 30F 50F/-1C 10C
Elevation: 1600 ft/488m
### Edit: Conversions should be in a similar form as the non-metric
measurement. In this case, you are rounding elevation to 1600 ft
(unless you were truly at exactly 1600 ft), so the conversion should
be similarly rounded to 500 m. I know this seems a bit odd, but
think of the reverse. If you were hiking at around 500 m, would you
say 1640 ft?
40+ miles in 3 days along the AT.
Temperature Range 35F 65F/1C 18C
### Edit: Please use (AT) after the words "Appalachian Trail", and
then you are free to use the abbreviation thoughout the report
afterwards. Also, can you give us approximate elevations.
Sangre De Cristo Mountains (CO)
Several day trip up to the Willow lake basin.
Temperature Range:70F- 85F/21C- 29C
### EDIT: Spell out the state name. You also need a space
after "Temperature Range:" The same rule of rounding for elevation
(3500 m) would apply here.
### Comment: Would you please take a look at your use of punctuation
in all the condition sections and be consistent in either using or
not using colons. Personally I think it looks better to use the
colons (I.E. Elevation: 11500 ft/3500m)
The first time I saw a Platypus water bottle in the store I was
### Edit: Again either use "Platy Bottle" OR "Platypus water bladder"
However, the unique design and promised features
encouraged me to take the 10 dollar risk and give it a try. Today
it's one of the most trusted pieces of equipment in my pack and has
far out lasted the majority of my gear.
One undocumented feature of the Platypus is that its contents will
stay unfrozen in
colder temperatures. I was on a winter camping trip in which I had a
conventional 32 oz. water bottle and I had a Platypus 2+ liter bottle.
That night the temperatures hovered just below freezing. The next
morning when I woke up and started to prepare breakfast, I noticed
that the conventional bottle was frozen solid, but the platypus
remained relatively unfrozen (it was actually slushee like).
### Edit/comment: I believe this was likely the result of the
Platypus bladder holding a larger amount of liquid, which takes
longer to freeze than a smaller quantity, and likely not inherent to
the product itself. It would be best if you re-worded this a bit to
reflect that the larger size keeps water from freezing as quickly.
pleasantly surprised, as it allowed us to have nice warm oatmeal
instead of trying to choke down spoonfuls of dry oats. Not only is
this Platy great in colder conditions, it can also be boiled. While
this may seem like an unremarkable feature it does come in handy in
the event of an injury that requires the aid of a heating pad.
### Comment: I know the manufacturer states the Platy can be boiled,
but have you ever tried it? This does not seem very practical,
especially with a 2 L bottle, since most backpacking pots are quite
small, definitely not large enough to hold a 2 L Platy without
touching the sides or bottom of the pot as Platypus recommends. You
might consider adding that the manufacturer says this can be done but
you have not tried it, if that is the case. If you have tried it,
please expand on this and let us know how you accomplished it.
I can't recall the exact year that I purchased my first platypus, but
I believe it was around 1999.
### EDIT: capitalize "Platypus"
I was actually leaving town to go on a
backpacking trip and purchased a 1 liter platy.
a 1 liter *Platy Bottle*
After I returned from
that trip I bought the 2+ liter version. I've purchased several
since then, but I still have and use the 2+ liter bottle. The platypus
is very durable, but they do have a tendency to puncture along the
face or the bottom if they are pressed against something relatively
### EDIT: capitalize "Platypus"
I punctured the 1 liter platy by placing it directly atop of
my cooking gear.
### EDIT: 1 liter *Platy Bottle*
The metal pot holder had a somewhat pointed corner
punctured the face.
had a somewhat pointed corner *which* punctured
Light-weight and Compactable
A couple things that make the platypus such a great product is that
its light weight and compactable.
### EDIT: capitalize "Platypus". Also, in this use "its" should
have an apostrophe (it's)
Weight in at only 2 oz.
### EDIT: This is an incomplete sentence as is. I'm not exactly
sure what you're trying to say Do you mean "It weighs in at only 2
oz?" If so, something is way off, because you list the weight as 1
oz. Also, you would need a conversion.
The platy is perfect for helping the weight conscious hiker carry
more water and
### EDIT: "Platy Bottle"
### Comment: I think you might need to add a bit here the hiker
can carry more water and less weight since water is very heavy. I
think you mean the weight conscious hiker can carry more water with
less container weight.
Couple that with the fact that the platy can be stuffed
in just about any pocket, makes it a nearly perfect hydration
### EDIT: "Platy Bottle"
### Comment: the comma after pocket is not really necessary.
In addition to its durable, light-weight, construction the platypus
has a "modular design" which allows it to be expand into a
hydration system that's fully customizable.
### EDIT: capitalize "Platypus". Also, "expand" should
In comparison with
other hydration systems the platypus is very cost effective.
### Edit: We really do not want to compare it to other systems, so
please remove or modify this. You could say "The Platypus is very
cost effective because I can use a Platy Bottle separately or add
components to make it a hydration system", or something like that.
Prone to puncture under certain conditions
Small mouth piece.
### EDIT: Please tell us more about the likes and dislikes (BPA free
and small mouth piece) you have listed here in the body of the
report. You did not mention these at all in the report. You might
also want to use the word `opening' instead of `mouth piece'.
### Edit/comment: There are a few things I find missing in your
field experience section. Have you found the bottle hard to fill due
to the small mouth opening and/or length of the bladder? Where do
you normally keep it in your pack? Have you tried it different
places? Do you find it hard to fit into bladder pockets or awkward
to pack? Will it fit in an exterior water bottle pocket? Has it
ever leaked? Do you find it difficult to keep track of the small cap
when refilling? Do you use it with a water filter? Has the bladder
stained or discolored? Do you find dirt collects in the gusseted
bottom (I know mine does). Have you ever used it for anything else
(pillow, hot water bottle?) Any information you can provide similar
to this can be very useful to a reader.
Versatile, durable, modular, light-weight, compactable and cost
effective, this bottle captures the
essence of great backpacking gear. As long as they make the Platypus,
I'll have one in my pack.
### Comment: Nice summary.