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Weighing less than five standard water bottles put together, the flexible Playpus Platy SoftBottle is the way to go for weight-conscious adventurers.  Once it's empty you can roll or flatten the bottle, making it ideal for any adventure whether you're backpacking, hiking, or running. Its BPA-free plastic is tasteless and provides a clean source of water wherever you roam, and it comes with either the standard closure, push-pull cap, or an intuitive HyperFlow cap that gives you an edge when you're moving fast.

  • BPA-free plastic
  • Available with closure, push-pull, or HyperFlow caps
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Great for all kinds of riding.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I snowboard and I bike with this bottle and I love it!! I really happy I went with the Hyperflow style too! At first I was nervous it was going to leak but I soon found out that it has a twist lock on it to stop the flow. I just use mine for water so for me, a simple rinse is all that is really needed. I went with the 0.5L because I didn't want something super bulky in my pocket. This simply folds up and fits perfectly in my pocket.

Highly recommend this for shorter bike rides and for snowboarding and skiing. :)

very useful bottles ...

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

use these both at work and while hiking ,great water bottles... have replaced for the most part my old hard round nalgenes. ..also picked a 1/2 liter size ,just as good... also work well with carrying booze and tonics for hikes...just remember to rinse w/ hot water then dry...

Best Soft Bottles for the Price

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

There are many different hydration options when you are on the trail. You can go regular water bottles to hydration packs but these are the best. There are also many different options even when it comes to soft bottles but for the price and the quality, I only buy these. You can get ones that are half the price but they are either leaking when you get them or they will leak after one or two uses. I own about five Platypus bottles and they are all in great working shape even after taking a beating. I highly recommend these bottles and again they are the only ones I will use.

Great for Resort Skiing

    I love this water bottle and use it primary for resort skiing when I don't want to wear a pack. They fit nicely in the internal goggle pocket of my shell, and are comfortable to ski with since they're non-rigid. With the valve cap, I don't have to unscrew anything or remove gloves when I want a drink. Never had any leaking, and these are easy to clean. They take awhile to dry out, though. Great for minimalist traveling - they roll up VERY compact. Highly recommended. I use them all the time.

    Awesome for hiking

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    These work just as they should. Hold a liter of water, are very light, and take up minimal space. They get smaller the more you drink as well. After 1 2-day backpacking trip, they seem very durable and easy to jam into your bag.

    Loved them!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    These water bottles were great! I ordered two and took them to the Bonnaroo Music Festival with me. They kept our drinks cold all weekend and the slim fit made them easily portable. My friends liked them so much they took them from me when we were parting ways. Would definitely recommend and purchase again!

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      This bottle great is easy, folds up when you are done, I dont know if there is much more than that. Easy thing to add to a pack when you think you might need just a little bit more than your bladder or nalgene. Good thing to thrown in your pack on days when you are skiing as well. Not bulky at all you will never notice you are carrying anything.

      What you expect

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      This bottle is super light which is ideal when you're having to carry many bottles over a significant distance (Dirty Kanza 200 in this case) It's what I was expecting and it works well and is affordable.

      Great bottle!

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      This little soft bottle is fantastic!

      Earlier in the ski season I found myself hiking A LOT! The hikes weren't long enough to require taking a back pack but I did find myself in need of water, often. I got this bottle because, unlike all my hard bottles, it fits in the pocket of my ski jacket. Not only does it fit in pockets but it also still fits in car cup holders which is nearly a must for me!

      I have learned not to put it in my pocket upside down. I bit the bite valve to hard so now it leaks a bit.

      You can't beat the weight

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      Weight should always be a consideration and you can't get much lighter than this. However I found in winter when melting snow I need a wide mouth bottle for pouring from the pot. So the Platypus is a backup. It doesn't conform to my outside mesh pockets on my pack, but I can usually make due, or simply put it inside the pack. Everyone will find a use for this in lots of situations. I recommend it, especially if you are weight conscious, and you should be. Why carry a 6 ounce bottle when you can get by with a small fraction of that weight with the platypus? They do wear out, but only after several years of heavy use. I use only water in this bottle so cleaning isn't an issue. Be sure to rinse it out after each use.

      GREAT for airplane seatback pockets!!

        I bought this with expectations of using it on backpacking trips, sticking it in an interior coat pocket when skiing, etc. I haven't used it for any of those things yet, but one thing I've found that it's GREAT for and that I'm probably WAY TOO STOKED about is air travel! This was actually perfect for packing into my messenger bag while empty since it took up next to no space, and when full, its still-pretty-flat profile fit AWESOMELY into the seatback pocket in front of me on the plane. No leg room was compromised by its presence. It was great! Pictured here in Costa Rica (because why wouldn't you take a picture of your water bottle while you're on vacation.)

        GREAT for airplane seatback pockets!!

        Great water bottle for shorter bike ride

        • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

        When I going on a shorter ride and don't want to deal with a backpack I bring the .5L one which fits perfect in my pocket. Once its empty it folds up and takes no room unlike conventional water bottles.

        must buy

        • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        1/3rd the weight of a standard nalgene (or around there) and if you lose the cap you can straight up use any bottle cap from a soda bottle or water bottle. the only cons about these is that they dont have oz or ml increments.

        a must buy for anyone who wants to lighten their load with an ultralight water container

        I agree that Platypus should add liquid measure (oz or ml) increments on the bottle. I've submitted that comment to Cascade Designs / Platypus customer service in the past. For larger Platypus bladders, I've simply added my own marks with a Sharpie - see my 3/30/13 review (with photo) of the Platypus Hoser Hydration Bladder.

        Fits in a jersey pocket.

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        I've been packing the Platypus SoftBottle in my jersey pocket while out on longer mountain bike rides where water is scarce (which it usually is since I live in Arizona). It's a great option if you're not psyched on carrying a hydration pack. The SoftBottle conforms to your back so you don't get the dreaded bounce of a water bottle in your pocket. Plus, once you've refilled your bike bottle, it almost disappears it's so lite.



        I've also been using it for day-to-day activities. It's easier to pack and carry than a bike bottle.

        Platypus' Platy SoftBottle Rocks!

        • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

        I'm a big fan of Platypus products and their SoftBottle is no exception. On backcountry adventures I use my 1L SoftBottle around camp / in my tent and as an emergency backup for my Platypus hydration system. I got the push-pull cap for easy drinks during the night. This cap is so hard to open and close that I mostly screw it on-off (and, thus, a one star deduction).



        Photo shows my Grey 1L SoftBottle weighing in at 0.90 oz (empty) and 35.0 oz (full).

        Platypus' Platy SoftBottle Rocks!

        Amazing

        • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

        Pros:

        - Durable

        - Lightweight

        - Incredibly packable

        - Incredibly packable

        - Incredibly packable



        Cons:

        - Hard to fill

        - Takes getting used to



        My platypus has survived many trips to deserts wit spiky plants, freezing temps, falling down a mountain, new years in Ecuador, you name it. It rolls down to the size of a highlighter to fit anywhere in your pack. It does take a little bit to get used to--I definitely poured water all over myself the first time I tried to drink out of it. If I can figure it out though, anyone can.

        Unanswered Question

        What style top would the Sawyer Mini Water Filter screw on to? I am looking for a water pouch like these, but the Sawyer has to be able to screw onto it.

        Does the HyperFlow cap make drinking from this kind of bottle much easier?

        Where are these made?

        how durable are these for backpacking?...

        how durable are these for backpacking? what are the care instructions to prolong usable life?

        Best Answer

        They are definitely durable, as durable as a plastic sack could be. Here are my thoughts, I use them on single maybe 2 day outings. Anything over that I carry Nalgenes just for safety reasons. These can puncture, they can rip, you cannot fix that without adding more plastic which adds more weight. I definitely put a hole in mine once cause I folded it over and over in my pack to save on space.