Platypus Big Zip Hydration System Giveaway…

The Hydration Summit was a month long content explosion about hydration, hydration systems as well as the dangers of dehydration and untreated water.  Much of the Summit revolved around the major hydration systems on the market including GeigerRig, CamelBak, Platypus and Osprey (and a few more were mentioned as well).  We had 15 popular outdoor bloggers sharing their expertise and experience as it relates to hydration in the outdoors.  The result of this grand experiment was an amazing collection of stories, reviews and instructional articles that all of us who spend time in the backcountry would find useful.

Platypus Big Zip hydration system

For my part, I contributed 3 total articles: A four system comparison of hydration reservoirs, a treatise on the signs and symptoms of waterborne illness and how to treat it, and a product review of the PurifiCup water filter.

The reservoir comparison review required that I actually have all four of the systems I was to review (clearly).  I had all but the Platypus, so I purchased the Platypus for the review.

Platypus Big Zip hydration systemThe abridged version of my review:

The Platypus reservoir is a top-opening design with a Zip-Loc style closure.  The reservoir is clear and has measurement markings along the side to allow you to gauge the fill capacity.  The drink tube is connected with a quick-coupling valve, the same valve used by all of the other major brands (which subsequently allows you to swap tubes if you prefer the drink tube and bite valve from another brand).  The top-opening design, we all determined, was the easiest for filling and cleaning the reservoirs.  I did not use the nozzle (bite valve) but I have heard from others that it is their favorite and one of the easiest to drink from.  For more info on the nozzle, check out Paul’s article here.

Check out this review from RamblinBears

This specific Platypus was the 70 oz (2.0 L) Big Zip SL Reservoir.  It retails for about $33.

Since I have many (MANY) more reservoirs that I could ever need, I am going to give this one away!

I will be giving this away with all the original packaging.  The reservoir is USED as it has had water in it and has gone through some very mild abuse in testing it’s durability and functionality for the review.  The drink tube and nozzle has never even been attached to the reservoir (I removed it as soon as I brought it home).  I will ship the reservoir as soon as I confirm the winner.  Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.  THANKS!
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Dave Creech is a successful business owner and entrepreneur based in Phoenix, Arizona. He shares his personal story and lifelong passion for travel and rugged outdoor adventure through his blog at David’s focus has been on trip stories, gear reviews, Wilderness Medicine and a series of articles aimed at introducing Yoga to hikers and backpackers as a path to staying fit, healthy and injury free.



  1. Here’s a story about a lady in Tennessee who has had to resort to her 3L hydrapak for the entire summer of hiking and mountain biking. Because it’s been so hot I’ve gone through all that water plus my backup squeeze bottle of Gatorade on every trip out! So having a backup 2L that I could put ice in would be super awesome!!

    • This heat has definitely made hydration on the trail much more important, it’s always good to have a backup! Thanks, Maggie!

  2. Christopher Sorel says:

    Well just had mine taken while doing some hiking with my son in Pictured Rocks. Took mine off while climbing 275 foot sand dune with my son. When we came down my 4 years old hydration pack was gone along with our afternoon snacks. Son was smart and left his on his back.

    • No! That’s just wrong…and dangerous! Who steals a guys WATER AND FOOD from him in the backcountry? Holy crap! Well, good luck, Chris…and next time, leave the pack ON. hehe

  3. Well… I have never owned a hydration pack like this, but could use one. I’ve always been a big believer in Nalgenes, but am ready to make a switch. I live my life dehydrated, I think, so can always use a good product that makes drinking water easier. So that’s more of a statement than a story, but just wanted to say thanks for the giveaway and the chance 🙂

    • Morgan, I’ve been using hydration packs for so long I don’t even really remember what it was like without them. Carrying bottles is such a pain, once you try the hydration systems you’ll never go back. Good luck!

  4. This looks like it would be very handy on our outdoor adventures!

  5. brandon mahan says:

    I am looking at getting a filtration system and watched a video on youtube that this system was used in. This would be great to have on a back country trip that I will be making in 6 weeks.

  6. Here’s a story I so need a new bladder. The first one I bought was a mistake of my own didn’t read reviews the problem to small. Not to fret I use it for running the only time its seems to not leak. I also use it for work so I don’t have to stop constantly to break for water. Everybody ask questions. Hydration is very import!

    • Thanks, Amber. I do like having a smaller one for running and a larger capacity for day hikes and backpacking. I’ve used mine at work too, and the fair, and baseball games, and….you get the picture.

  7. Thanks for the great reviews….I have tried 2 cheap type water bags and had terrible luck with both. The first one had the worst taste like like melted rubber, no matter how many times I washed and cleaned it I still got the same results after filling with water or even drink mixes, it was a WalMart special….so I went to Target as I saw then on sale so I picked up there hydration bladder but it always seemed to leak and was very hard to get a drink out of. I have gone back to an oversized Nalgene bottle and fill a few 1 or 2 liter plastic water bottles as back-up if on a long section that has no water sources. I would love to give this platy a try and dump the bouncing bottles again.

    • Hydration reservoirs are one of those things that is worth the price to pay for better quality gear. Like you mention, the taste, the reliability and durability are all such important factors for something that is vitally important in the field. You gotta have water, so do it right. You’ll like the Platy…Good Luck!

  8. We used to fill our camelbaks with crushed ice. We were stationed in the Mohave, so it was hot, and it was nice that it would melt and give us a cool drink. Then we filled them with beer, that wasn’t a good idea. 🙂

  9. Wesley Smith says:

    I also had to switch to a 3L bladder due to the heat. I would love to have a Platypus for my long backpacking trips!

  10. Jason Meister says:

    I had a couple of Camelbaks and was disappointed when the clip that held the bag ended up snapping off and my bladder sunk down into the bottom of my pack. It happened to my 2 liter and 3 liter bladders. I’ve since switched to the 3 liter Hydrapak bladder. I like the slide off top and wide mouth much better than the Camelbaks that I used to own.

    • The clip in the newer Camelbaks seem to be better. I do prefer the slide top closures with the wide opening. Much easier to use.

  11. Seriously need to stay hydrated. Constantly on my kids to drink more water on our hikes. I wind up carrying the water bottles.

  12. Riding my bike through the park last summer, about this time, it was pushing 100F. Came across a mom and her 5ish year old son in the shade. Kid was bright red, showing all the signs of heat exhaustion. I, a medical first responder, stopped and made sure everyone was OK. Mom and son each had a 12oz bottle of water, and nothing else. No hats, no sunscreen, no way to refill the bottles. Since I’m both crafty and generous, I used some of the water from my platypus to fill their bottles. Kid drank it in one gulp, started to look a little more human. I gave him the spout and let him finish it off- I think he would have downed three times that much if it had been there.

    Mom was grateful, they went on their way home, and I felt good about being able to keep the kid from a heat stroke. A lesson in ALWAYS having lots of water handy in the hot weather.

    • Alan,

      Awesome story. Thanks for that. What’s really nice about this story is that being a first responded isn’t always about near-death falls or hypothermia or drownings. It is also about heat exhaustion, fatigue and dehydration. Such a good story and I’m sure the mom was overjoyed to have you there. Good job, man.

      • Thanks Dave,

        Especially when we’re outdoors, we need to look out for each other.

        I should add that my platypus is now almost 8 years old and on it’s 3rd bite valve… still keeps me hydrated every time I go afield.

  13. I went for a hike up an unnamed mountain in Alaska. It was supposed to take 8 hours. It took 15. We ran out of water. I drank from a stream. I started slurring my words at one point near the end of the hike, it was the craziest, most stupid dehydration experience I’ve ever had. I will never forget it and I will never ‘pack light’ in regard to water.

    • Amanda,

      It can get scary when the planned time frame gets extended like that and you were not prepared for the extra time. I’ve been there myself. Did a short canyon hike that was supposed to be 7 miles and maybe 3 hours that turned into more like 13 miles, 7 hours and sending someone out of the canyon to “rescue” us so we didn’t have to do the return hike. I drank water from any source I could find.

      Lessons learned.


  14. I’ll tell you a story about how I just broke my favorite Camelbak while hiking last weekend! The bite valve shot off and water went squirting everyone and it was no bueno. Made me sad. Why do I break everything?! 🙂

    • HA! Well, at least you didn’t fall again 😉

      Is it one of the older CamelBaks? Most of the time those bite-valves can be replaced. You’d like the Platypus though. Good luck on the giveaway!

  15. Dave, let’s cut to the chase here. I need another hydration pack so that Niko can stop stealin’ my Geigerrig (or we can tradesies – either way, the boy needs his own)! 🙂

    Cheers on the Hydration Summit, that was such a fun project to be a part of.

    • Katie,

      Niko totally needs his own pack. I might have an old pack I could hook him up with…or maybe you’ll win one for him soon!

  16. This is a little gross, but I run with my dog, and I share water with her. So, maybe we could start using separate drinking vessels. 🙂

    • That’s not gross! I do the same thing. I can usually get the pack to spray a little so she’s not drinking straight from my mouthpiece…

  17. First a compliment. To whomever thought up the idea of a “Summit” that is topic and product specific. I see a few un-official get togethers with cottage industry folks for hammocks and what-not, but a topic related meeting with gear mfgs and users is just what the industry needs to drive real product improvement. Well Done! Whomever.
    While none of my stories compare to saving a stranger’s life (My vote, give the Zip to Alan), living in South Florida presents me with pretty regular bouts with dehydration. On several instances while hunting in the swamps (ironic right), I have found myself contiously aware of pretty severe dehyration setting in. We are so used to constant sweating and elavated temps that many of us push the envelope without knowing it. Once your there, it can get rough quick.

    • Thanks Wayne,

      The Hydration Summit was a Trail Sherpa innovation with sponsorship help from GeigerRig. It was a lot of fun for those of us who contributed articles and joined in the conversation. Hopefully, there will be more like it in the future.

      Dehydration in humid environments is an interesting thing. It can trick you body in to thinking it’s hydrated. You don’t dry out quite like we do here in the desert. Dehydration here is quick and acute. Your body screams at you for water…

      Thanks for the comments and good luck.

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