Platypus Duthie A.M. 15 Hydration Pack
When I heard that Platypus makes hydration packs I was surprised. Was this the same brand that I bought my water reservoir from 10 years ago? Sure was. Not only had they expanded their product line, they’ve improved it. Taste-free and primarily made in the USA… Can it get any better? (It can, and it does!) This is a company that gives back to the community by going out and getting their hands dirty- literally. In addition to supporting various biking and hiking associations, they put in trail work themselves. And the aesthetic? Don’t even get me started. Keep reading to learn more about the Platypus Duthie A.M. 15 hydration Pack, one of their many great products.
Platypus makes a variety of packs from the Tokul XC 5 for light/fast use, to the Duthie A.M. 10 and 15 for more rugged adventures. Additionally, they make women’s specific packs. In the end, I decided to try out the Duthie A.M. 15 and crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t be hard on my feminine figure.
- FloatAir™back panel: You know those gross sweat marks you get from hiking while wearing a backpack? That doesn’t happen with the Platypus Duthie A.M. 15. Thanks to a wire frame and breathable mesh, the airflow is never cut off and you can easily stay dry.
- 3.0L Big Zip™ LP reservoir & hydration pocket: My favorite thing about the reservoir, besides its enormity, is that it seals so easily and clips into place in seconds. It’s intuitive, and it’s efficient. And of course, it’s taste-free. Another perk: you can easily put ice cubes inside.
- Helmet/pad pockets: They thought of everything on this one. On the very front of this pack, there is a place to keep your full-face helmet and all of your protective gear. Easy to use buckles and straps keep it all snug.
- Storage: In the biggest compartment there are multiple mesh pockets for keys, tools, gear, etc. If you are anything like me, I see those pockets and think, “lots and lots of snacks and sunscreen.”
- Fleece-lined pocket: Protecting my eyes on a long trip is crucial to me. This pocket is located right on top. Easy to use, and plenty big to fit your eyewear in while still protecting it.
- Waist belts/zip pockets: Like I said earlier, I was curious as to how the Platypus Duthie A.M. 15 would work with my curves. To be honest, I forgot I was wearing it. Since I carry a lot of tension in my hips, I figured all the weight of this pack would rest right where I didn’t want it. Turns out it wasn’t an issue at all. The straps are easy to adjust and the weight of the pack is distributed throughout the product. My favorite part about hip pockets is that it fit my phone and headphones in perfectly. Taking out my phone to grab a photo is a snap.
- Rainfly: The pack has a built in pocket at the very bottom of the pack that houses the detachable rainfly. Easy to take out, easy to clip in.
- Mouthpiece magnet: This feature really comes in handy when you need to be focusing on the terrain in front of you. Instead of letting your hose flop around, you can keep it right by your chin by using the magnet. Another perk: the magnet is adjustable.
- Material/weight: Weighing in at roughly 2 pounds (sans water), you will hardly feel the Platypus Duthie A.M. 15 on your back. I also love that the nylon looks and feels soft and sturdy. I don’t think I could tear it if I tried. With some packs I’ve found that if the mesh has a little give it will stretch out. After a day of hiking with fairly heavy items, the mesh didn’t sag one bit.
I’d recommend the Platypus Duthie A.M. 15 hydration pack to anyone. Beginners beware: you’re spoiling yourself with this pack. You’ll never want anything less. It’s worth it.