Excellent water source
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been hiking with a through hiker for a couple of years now who carries a couple of these on every hike. His are labeled for clean and unsanitized water (cooking, washing, etc.). I've been watching him utilize these effectively to manage his camp duties and efficiently fill drinking and cooking vessels. His behavior is illustrative of someone who's got his system dialed in (after half a year on trail, I guess one would).
I decided to take his lead and picked up an MSR Dromlite bag. Not the best choice. The dromlite is nice and light, has a few options for disseminating the water, but they fall short in a number of ways:
* carrying - the platypus has two carry handles, reinforced by plastic for easy transportation
* freestanding - The platy will stand while the zip top is open and water doesn't spill out. The dromlite can't stand and if you open it up, water will gush out.
* big opening for scooping - scoop a bowl or nalgene full of water right out of the vessel if you like
* pouring - they both have a small opening, pouring feature, but the playpus handle and shape makes it pour just like a pitcher.
* durability - this is TBD. Will the Platypus crystalize? Will the Dromlite last longer? remains to be seen.
I picked up the platy and couldn't be happier. I have an loder platy 1L bottle with a squirt top that can be added to this for even more versatility.
I'll probably keep the MSR for now, but if I need to buy another high volume vessel I am going for another water tank.