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Superlight, super packable.

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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5 5

You can't beat the weight

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

5 5

Keep them in the freezer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light, compact, and durable. Packs so much better than a nalgene.

I keep mine in the freezer between uses. A quick rinse, no drying time, and zero funk. I used to prefer hard bottles because of the ease of cleaning, but the freezer levels the playing field.

Responded on

Do you store them in the freezer after drying or with some water already in them?

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I freeze them empty after shaking out as much water as possible. The benefit is skipping the drying process!

5 5

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!!

how durable are these for backpacking?...

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

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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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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

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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.

5 5

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.

4 5

Platypus' Platy SoftBottle Rocks!

  • Gender: Male
  • 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!
5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

- Durable
- Lightweight
- Incredibly packable
- Incredibly packable
- Incredibly packable

- 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.