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Carry Extra Water in Ultralight Pack

Recently Gossamer Gear Founder Glen Van Pesky put together this great video with his technique for carrying extra water in the Murmur Ultralight backpack (as well as any other of our packs).  The  strategy involves carrying extra water in your pad holder pocket with a platypus water bladder. Check out the video below and enjoy!

7 Responses to Carry Extra Water in Ultralight Pack

  1. Joe Clement April 30, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Proving (once again) that there is no “off” switch on genius.

  2. Armin May 1, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Great idea ! thanks for that – as I can use this idea with my gorilla pack as well this saves a lot of space inside the pack while enabling me to carry enough water on longer routes without supply

  3. Michael May 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Those 3 liter platypus’ are no longer made by Cascade Designs. It was an excellent design. Rugged, stands up, angled hose on corner so it doesn’t pinch the container itself. Where can I find another manufacture of something comparable or a source for old ones?

    From – Chuck K.
    Subject – RE: 3L platypus stand up bottle?
    May 11, 2011

    Michael,
    Yes, we have discontinued that particular bottle.
    Thanks,
    Chuck Kollin

  4. Deborah June 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I tried this ingenious idea on my recent trip to Moab. The only problem I found is that the platypus does not stay so nicely put as on the video – it “spills” out of the space, especially when full.

    • Dave June 8, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      Hi Deborah, you will want to make sure to not fill the platypus all the way up. That will result in it falling out more easily. Just fill a 3 liter platy up with about 2 liters. That way you can flatten it out a bit which will help it stay in there. Also, what kind of pad were you using?

  5. JJ Mathes June 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Michael- even though the 3-L Platy that Glen is using in the video is no long available Cascade Designs offers a new design in the Hoser available in 4-sizes including a 3-L.

  6. Deborah June 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Thanks Dave – It does work better once the platipus is not so full. I’m actually using a 2L platypus. I will try a 3L to not loose water carrying capacity. I also noticed there are some small loops on the side of the pack – I was going to try some kind of elastic “band” to help keep it in place. The pad is the thin one that comes with the Mariposa. I did notice that in your video you had a more substantial one, doubled.

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