Here is my IR for the Platypus Sprinter Pack.
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Platypus Sprinter XT 25 Pack
Platypus Sprinter Pack
Image courtesy of Cascade Designs
Test Series by Ralph Ditton
Initial Report: 25th August, 2013
Long Term Report:
Name Ralph Ditton
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Location Perth, Western Australia. Australia
My playgrounds are the Bibbulmun Track, the Coastal Plain Trail, Darling
Scarp and Cape to Cape Track. I lead walks for my bushwalking club and
they consist of day walks and overnighters. My pack weight for multi day
trips including food and water, tends to hover around 18 kg (40 lb) but
I am trying to get lighter. My trips range from overnighters to six days
On day walks my pack weight is around 5 kg (11 lb) including water.
Cascade Designs, Inc
Year of Manufacturer
Pack: China, Reservoir: USA
Sprinter XT 25
Limoges Blue. Other colour is Golden Yellow
Reservoir maximum volume
3 Litres (183 cu in)
Volume of Pack
Gear 22 Litre (1340 cu in); Hydration 3 Litre (183 cu in)
Total 25 Litre (1525.5 cu in)
Sizes of Torso and weight of pack
S/M 45.7 cm (18 in)
M/L 50.8 cm (20 in)
210D PU-Coated Diamond Ripstop Nylon.
210D PU-Coated Oxford Nylon.
Food-grade laminate - BPA and Phthalate free
965 g (34 oz)
165 g (5.8 oz)
1130 g (39.8 oz)
Measured Pack Weight
964 g (34 oz)
Measured Reservoir Weight
170 g (6 oz) Incls drink tube.
Total Measured Weight
1134 g (40 oz)
The Platypus Sprinter XT 25 hydration pack is a lightweight, two
compartment, top-loading, highly organized and a weatherproof day pack.
There is no top lid.
The compartment closest to my back contains the water bladder and hose.
The water bladder is attached to the frame by way of short lengths of
webbing which have a toggle at the end. These toggles are inserted
through a hole at either end of the water bladders top bar. On top of
the bar is a nylon handle for carrying the bladder when out of the pack.
The top bar is fact a Slide Lock Closure. To detach the reservoir from
the Slide Lock Closure, I slide the reservoir out one end that has an
opening. The other end is solid.
To fill the reservoir, I open up the clip lock at the top, fill up with
water, close up the clip lock then slide the reservoir back into the
Side Lock Closure. So as not to misplace the Side Lock, a short cord is
attached to it and the reservoir.
The opening on the reservoir is 120 mm (4.7 in), so it is a reasonably
large mouth to fill up with water and to make it easier to clean out
when the need arises.
There are four port holes which can be used for the drink tube to pass
through. They are located right and left opposite the side pockets and
above the top of the shoulder straps.
The drink tube has a Quick-Connect feature. To make it easier to fill
the reservoir, I disconnect the drink tube and leave the tubing in place
through its port hole. Just saves time not having to re-insert the drink
tube through a port hole.
When the drink tube is removed, there is a shut off valve that prevents
water from leaking/flowing out of the bottom of the reservoir.
The second compartment in my opinion is where most of the gear and food
for the day would be placed. It is more spacious than the hydration
compartment. At the top of the compartment, there is a mesh pocket 90 mm
x 250 mm (3.5 in x 9.8 in). It is zippered. Inside this pocket is a clip
on a length of webbing for the attachment of say car/house keys.
Both compartments are able to be closed by YKK Aquaguard zippers.
On the front of the pack there is another pocket 220mm wide x 360 mm
deep (8.6 in x 14.2 in). This is open. Just above it there is another
little zippered pocket 170 mm X 110 mm (6.7 in x 4.3 in).
As can be seen by the top photo, there are numerous loops for
helmet/accessory, trekking poles, Ice Axe.
There are two mesh side pockets which are wide and deep enough to store
additional water bottles.
The waist belt also has a mesh zippered pocket on each of them. They are
useful for trail mixes I find.
The backing of the pack is a padded air mesh arrangement. It feels like
it is a sponge underneath.
The shoulder straps appear to be made out of the same material as the
air mesh with some sponge that has holes in it as padding. I cannot see
it but can only feel it with my fingers. The instructions state that it
is 3D Air Mesh. In addition there are two clips, one on each shoulder
strap, for the drink tube to be clipped into place. It just depends on
my preference which one I will use.
Image courtesy of Cascade Designs
One of the features of this pack is that it has a multi-use waist belt.
For a heavy load I would use the wide mesh waist belt, but for light
loads I can stow away the mesh and just use the webbing that is part of
the compression strap set up.
The waist belt stows away behind the back panel.
The final feature of the pack according to the manufacturer is that it
has reflective detailing. My test at home did not show up any at all.
A close examination showed no defects in the stitching or any frayed fabric.
The pack was what I expected from the description on the manufacturer's
web site. No surprises at all.
It took me a number of examinations to discover all of the features of
this pack. I really had to open it up and take things out to see what
makes this pack tick, so to speak.
Probably there were two surprises. I assumed that there were only two
port holes for the drink tube, but after reading the instructions, there
was mention of four. Took me a short time to locate the other two as
they were not obvious.
The other was, "How do I fill up the reservoir?" There was nothing
obvious to me. I am used to having a big screw cap on the face of the
reservoir. Typical male, read the instructions as a last resort if all
else fails. It just did not dawn on me that the handle bar was in fact a
sliding lock. Once I twigged to that I was home and hosed. However, I
did need some fingernails to separate the cliplock on the reservoir.
reservoir without drink tube
drink tube connector
drink tube connector
I was really impressed with the Quick-Connect drink tube. What a great
feature. Saves me having to withdraw the drink tube from its port hole
and reinsert it after filling up with water. Can be a real pain if the
port hole is tight.
The organization of the pockets and attached loops indicates that the
manufacturer has given a lot of thought to these features. I am
impressed at this stage and the weight is impressive also.
Overall, this pack is a compact, well organized and hopefully, large
enough for my day trip needs. I lead day walks for my club and I tend to
take extra for newbies who may have miscalculated water, food, medical
supplies and running emergency repairs with duct tape.
I do love an organized pack with lots of pockets as I can be a bit
pedantic in which pockets I place items as I do like order when looking
for an item.
The wide mouth on the reservoir will make it easier to fill up with wild
water from creeks.
Things I like
* Very lightweight
* Numerous pockets
* Quick-Connect Drink Tube with shutoff valve
* Wide mouth on reservoir
Things I Dislike
* Nothing at this stage