Before diving into everything you need to know about the Platy 2.0L Bottle and their manufacturer, try to forget everything you know about the typical water bottle and start fresh.
Empty and rolled up, the Platy 2.0L Bottle only weighs about an ounce and measures under eight inches in width. It's hard to imagine that something so small could hold seventy ounces of water when filled, but that's precisely what it does. All of Platypus' hydration products are commonly known and frequently used among backpackers, hikers, and campers alike.
In 1998, Platypus hydration systems were acquired by Cascade Designs, an industry leader in innovative solutions for outdoor adventures.
Cascade Designs is located in Seattle, Washington, and they specialize in outdoor recreational products. Maintaining quality is essential, and they do this through their initiative to keep Platypus production in the United States.
Platypus has made water bottles and hydration equipment for over twenty years. They're continuously researching, developing, and testing new technologies to take their products to the next level. They've done pretty well thus far, with thousands of reviews to back their promises.
Alongside sustainable manufacturing practices, Platypus supports organizations including IMBA, Evergreen MTB, and the PTCA, supporting outdoor activities like mountain biking. When the time comes, their employees even go out and do trail work themselves.
What We Like Best
We tested the Platypus 2.0L Bottle. It's a top-rated collapsible, lightweight, and high capacity bottle. It's clearly marked at both a one and two-liter capacity, making it easy to track your hydration throughout the day.
Although it's flexible, it isn't made of your standard plastic and is extremely durable. It has a stable base and sits upright when filled. It can be a little tricky initially with the narrow spout, but once the base is filled, the rest comes quickly.
All of Platypus' hydration systems are 100% BPA, BPS, and phthalate-free. They do not use polycarbonate materials, so you don't have to worry about your water tasting like plastic or chemicals.
Their toughly threaded cap design is compatible with any Platypus cap designs or drink tubes. It comes with a generic screw-off cap, but a few extra bucks can get you a push-pull cap or a new cap in the case that yours is broken or lost.
One of the best things? The Platy 2.0L Bottle is compatible with their GravityWorks filtration systems. You don't have to worry about running out of water on a long hike or backpacking trip; all you need to do is open the dirty reservoir, scoop, fill, and hang it. Gravity pulls the dirty water down through the hoses, goes through the filter, and provides you with clean water for 2-4 people in under two minutes.
If you already have the water bottle and don't want to buy the complete kit, you can separately buy the filtration accessories. They also have replacement pieces available on their site so that you don't have to purchase an entire bundle whenever you need to replace one part. If you're frequently switching between reservoirs and accessories, the cap is easy to lose.
They also offer accessories such as bite valves, drink tube clips, shutoff valves, reservoir hangers, etc. It may feel silly marching into a weekend of camping filled with Platypus gear, but hydration is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and that's what their products are designed to help you do.
Platypus bottles are dishwasher safe, but large sizes such as the 2.0L and above may be difficult to fit in average-sized dishwashers since they need to be fully expanded for optimal cleaning. They can also be placed in your freezer, but need to be laid flat with no air content and only half of the water filled, or you risk your bag bursting.
If your dishwasher is too small, you can hand wash your bottle using warm water and dish soap or baking soda and lemon juice for a deeper clean. Platypus also sells Reservoir Cleaning Kits on their website to reach nooks and crannies, which is a common hindrance with collapsible bottles.
Platypus provides a limited lifetime warranty through their parent company, Cascade Designs. As long as you're the original purchaser and use your Platy product as intended, they cover any defects in quality for your bottle's "useful lifetime." Platypus defines a useful lifetime as your product's lifespan until it is no longer usable.
Their warranty doesn't cover any wear and tear or cosmetic issues, so it falls to you to take proper care of your equipment. If you experience any defects, you can easily send in your product after paying for shipping and handling. If the damage is covered, you'll receive a new one at no additional cost.
What We Don't Like
When ordering straight from the manufacturer, we waited a bit for delivery. You can avoid this by ordering directly from Amazon with a Prime subscription. Although, you might end up forfeiting your limited warranty if you purchase from any third-party sellers and not Amazon or Platypus.
There isn't any reason that we would recommend not buying any Platypus bottles. Even if you're not an avid hiker, backpacker, or camper, the Platypus 2.0L Bottle is an excellent addition for traveling when you're often strapped on space or have to frequently empty and refill while traveling through airports.
You can rest easy knowing that you're drinking out of BPA, BPS, and phthalate-free plastic, without any polycarbonates. You can hook up your bottle to any GravityWorks or Platypus filters for quick and clean water away from home if you wish. It has a simple, neutral design that can fit in with a variety of backpacking setups.