Why We Chose The Platypus Duthie 15.0 Carbon Hydration Pack: Great storage solutions, perfect hydration pack for those long days in the mountains
“We are water geeks, laboratory technicians, researchers, designers, managers, worker bees, and people with useful degrees,” say Platypus on their official brand website, “… we also like to laugh, pull pranks on each on each other, get outdoors and ride, hike, run, paddle, climb, rip, rail and try to enjoy every sip of adventure we can get.”
“The Duthie AM 15.0 is Platypus’s biggest hydration pack to date”
Despite sounding like the type of business where the “work never starts,” it’s definitely worth saying in this intro that Platypus are genuinely very good at what they do. They play hard, sure, but the serious work they put in on their hydration solutions has seen them build up a loyal following over recent years.
The Duthie AM 15.0 is Platypus’s biggest hydration pack to date. Fully primed to keep you hydrated on long, tiring, days in the mountains, we’re really not pranking you when we say this thing is one of our 100 favourite products of the last year.
Who Is The Platypus Duthie AM 15.0 Backpack For?
Whether you’re a mountain biker, a hiker, or skier / snowboarder, there’ll be at least one feature on the Duthie AM 15.0 that’ll catch your eye and make you think “Yeah, OK. Stop the search. This, right here, is the backpack for me.”
Designed with full days on the hill very much in mind, this product is for the kind of multi-sport people who get out there at sunrise and refuse to call it quits until the sun is well and truly set.
A hardcore backpack for hardcore outdoor enthusiasts.
The main materials used here are 160D and 210 Water-Resistant Nylon (super tough then) with YKK zippers. There’s also that suspended mesh back system. More on that further down.
First things first, let’s talk about the Duthie AM’s cavernous storage space. The bottom line gear capacity on it is 12 litres with an additional three litres worth of reservoir capacity, but that doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story. Yes, we know 12.0 + 3.0 = 15.0 but please bear with us here. There’s a point to what we’re saying. Promise.
Platypus’s Duthie AM 15.0 comes with full-face helmet and pad carry potential. The pack’s front stash pocket with adjustable straps, quick-release buckles, and stretch side pockets can securely stow a full-face helmet and protective pads. Sure to be appreciated by mountain bikers who’ve had to live the indignity of trying and failing to walk about with kit stuffed under their armpits.
“Platypus really have thought of everything”
What else? Well, on the storage front there’s the two-zippered pockets on the waist belt – ideal for stowing smaller riding essentials like energy foods. The positioning of them make them perfect for quick and easy, on-the-go, access.
The main compartment features a zip mesh pocket with key retainer and three mesh stash pockets to organise tools, repair kits, snacks and various other bits of gear. The two pump sleeves conveniently secure a shock pump and tyre pump, and underline the extent to which Platypus really have thought of everything.