by Diane Spicer
To begin this Platypus soft water bottle review, answer me this:
Have you ever had this problem?
Enter the solution: a collapsible soft water bottle.
This Platypus soft water bottle review was written just because I wanted to tell you about this solution to packing and storage problems that all hikers face.
I purchased the bottles with my own money.
No one asked me to write this review.
What's 6 inches by 11 inches (15 x 28 cm), flexible, weighs less than one ounce (24 grams), and can be slipped easily into your pack when it's full OR empty?
This little one liter (34 ounces) beauty!
The liner is food-grade, meaning it's designed to contact your drinking water without imparting anything nasty into your body.
These hiking water bottles are made in the United States, by a reputable company with lots of experience with outdoor gear.
You have a choice of caps and designs, to keep things personalized and interesting. I went with a clear bottle so I could easily see how much water was inside, and a push-pull cap.
You can feel good about the clean, green aspect of these water bottles: because they are so lightweight, they use much less material which results in energy savings.
I purchased mine for an incredibly low price and they arrived in a few days, ready to be put to the test.
My initial concerns were twofold:
The first place I tested these bottles was in an airport, on my way to a New Mexico hiking destination.
Going through security meant the soft water bottle was rolled up and stowed empty in my carry on bag.
Then I filled it with water and carried it onto the airplane.
However, due to pressure changes, the water does tend to squirt out when you open the cap. Heads up if you don't want a wet shirt on the plane!
After 9 days of hiking in temperatures ranging from 75F to 90+F, carrying these one liter soft water bottles across sage brush mesas, down into the Rio Grande gorge, up steep wooded mountain slopes, and on casual strolls in towns, I am happy to report these observations:
I'm a happy Platypus soft bottle owner, that's for sure!
I should have been using these years ago for my carry on luggage and on backpacking trips.
A few drawbacks:
1. The small plastic cap which covers my top is easy to misplace, and could get blown away in a stiff breeze. Stow it in your pocket until you need to cover up your cap again.
2. These soft water bottles are not easy to dry, once you're at home and have washed them thoroughly.
3. The push-pull cap was a bit dicey when my hands were gritty with trail dirt. There are other closure options, for those who prefer a hydration hose system to avoid this problem.
And why even bother with figuring out the best hiking water bottles? The importance of hiking hydration can't be overstated.
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Platypus Soft Water Bottle Review
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She's been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for 5+ decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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