Evernew Water Carry Bags

As you reach the point where you pretty much have all the gear you need (and then some) for backpacking and hiking, your focus typically shifts to improving on the gear that you already have or tweaking it to be more effective or to shave off weight.  I’m always on the lookout for new or […]

Ultralight Platypus Dog Chews

Platypus hydration bags are relatively indestructible and are definitely known to last a long time even with heavy abuse. However, leave one where your 85lb Lab can get to it and it becomes just another dog chew, albeit a rather expensive one. Lesson learned, one half of my ultralight water gravity filter (my clean bag) […]

Gravity Water Filter

Usually when I go hiking I take along my portable Katadyn Guide water pump and use it to fill up one or two 2-liter Platypus bags for later drinking. While the Katadyn works extremely well and I’ve never experienced any problems resulting from the water I’ve pumped and later consumed, I’ve noticed that it is […]

Platypus CleanStream Gravity Filter

I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Klass’ home-made Platypus gravity filtration system for some time, so much so that I copied the entire set up and now use that as my ultralight water filtration system of choice. Below is a video by Jason describing how his system works and the basic components necessary to […]

Sterilizing Hydration Bladders with Efferdent

Just found this great post on how to sterilize hydration bladders using denture tablets – genius! The secret is Efferdent, normally used as an anti-bacterial cleaner for dentures, but gentle enough for sterilizing the inside of platypus water bladders. To use, fill the hydration bladder up to about 2/3 of capacity and drop 1 Efferent […]