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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic...just Fantastic. This is a great product. Beat the hell out of carrying a Nalgene full of wine/liquor. I have been using this bladder for the past year, and I am pretty much settled I can't live without it. Hold a full bottle of your favorite wine perfectly. Preserves the flavor very well also. I use it now for Jack or "Kickin' Chicken" and it holds a complete bottle with enough room left over for about a cup of water to pour in for stretch purposes. Everyone I hike with now has one or is getting one. I'm sold this is one awesome product and plan on switching over the Platypus' water storage and eliminating all Nalgenes from my gear.
Date published: 2012-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from indispensable piece of gear This was recommended to me by a fellow backpacker. I've gotten accustomed to carrying several bottles of wine on my hikes (usually between two to four bottles over four to six days). This product works great. I stow it in a plastic bag to catch any leaks (only leaked once) and am careful how I pack it in my backpack so the lid doesn't unscrew itself. I always rinse and dry it when I get home, and I've never had a problem with residual wine smell.
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Does the job... but could be better Purchased in early July 2017 for a backpacking trip in Yosemite. The product did what it was supposed to do. Unfortunately I had higher expectations as I was comparing this to the now discontinued Clif Family Winery Climber Pouches. Those things were great... essentially great wine in a pouch designed for adventures like backpacking. It would have been ideal if the Platypus had hook loops for things like a rope or a caribeaner (much like the old Clif pouches used to have). Being able to tie a rope to the pouch would have allowed me to chill my beverage in the cool running river/ creek nearby.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alternative idea... Since some people are saying this leaks, and/or retains flavor, I have an alternative solution. Go to your liquor store, buy a 750ml bottle of spirits that comes in what Jim Beam used to call a 'lightweight traveller' bottle. Drink, decant or throw out the spirits, and then use the bottle for wine. I find they retain little odor, are the perfect size, naturally, and you can squeeze them to reduce or eliminate the head space. They are tough, and do not leak. I like whiskey, so that's what I buy, but I suppose vodka might leave less of an initial odor in the bottle. (I can't believe we used to hike in bottles and a corkscrew. This shaves off nearly a pound -- more for those super thick red wine bottles.)
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from always use the same beverage Lightweight, did not add plastic taste, and did not leak, but once used (only one time) I could never get rid of the smell from the previous vintage. I tried dish soap, lemon juice, liquor-rinse, leaving it set full of water for weeks -- finally gave up and returned it to the store, where they also verified it smelled of old wine.
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous idea! I recently hiked the lost coast trail with friends and one of them brought this along. It was great! Having a bottle of wine the first night on the trail was a fabulous luxury. I am normally a very lightweight backpacker (pack<20 lbs), but once the wine is gone this little number weights less than an ounce! Good for car camping or a picnic as well, since there is no glass to worry about. I loved this so much I went out and bought one for my next backpacking trip.
Date published: 2010-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight wine bottle! My boyfriend and I love hiking (almost as much as we love a good bottle of red). Last time we went hiking we brought a glass bottle of wine and it was great! However, I thought it was pretty ridiculous how we spend hundreds of $$$ on "light weight" sleeping bags, pads, tents etc. And then bring this heavy, solid glass bottle with us. With this plastic bag we can now justify bringing wine with us. It does not leak, saves the flavor and cleans easily. Love it!
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How about a little wine on the trip Me and my buddy both carry one of these during our hikes so we have a little wine with dinner or just hanging around the lake. I have never had a problem cleansing these nor have I ever had the product leak in the 4 years of owning it. I also have used everything from whites to reds and never had a problem with lingering taste. The only problem I do have is being impatient for it to dry enough to packing away before the next trip. During the season, I just toss it in my freezer after cleaning. Boom problems solved.
Date published: 2016-06-06
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Questions & Answers

how long can I leave wine in this thing while preserving taste?

Asked by: docgould
Results will vary depending on the environment. Platypus says wine will taste great for days or even weeks.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-06

Why must one use this rather than an ordinary platypus water bottle? Also, can one put liquor in it?

Asked by: hiker
This soft-sided bottle is lined with a food-grade lining to preserve taste and UV protective layers to eliminate degradation from the sun. These features are not typically found in soft-sided containers. Also, this container can hold a variety of liquids including liquor.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-06
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