Monday, 13 June 2011

Nice idea

The weight has been steadily creeping up on little bits and bobs. Grams, of course, but the only way I got my weight down was by bits and bobs and grams. The trouble is, I got here by thinking my way through things- I don't need this, I don't need that. Now with everything cut out, I'm going back up- I could do with this, it would be nice to have that. I always wanted light combined with function. Then you get a genius idea like this. For water I carry a mineral water bottle and a 1l platypus which I only fill for camp. So hows about replacing the 25g platypus with a bag ? I always liked Colin Ibbotson's water bag idea, but it seemed a lot of work plus the bag seems pretty vulnerable. Hows about using a pour and store bag? I have to thank Whartson Hall for this-it's tougher than a sandwhich bag, it carries more than the litre the platypus carries if you overfill it. It has a wide opening for filling too. On the minus side, it's going to burst open if you drop it, but I rarely drop my Platypus. As a counterbalance, it's less vulnerable to falling over than the Platypus because of its lower centre of gravity and the gusseted bottom means it's nice and stable. Weight? 11grams- half the weight.

4 comments:

Big Jack Brass said...

Good heavens, something of practical use appearing on my blog? I shall have to delete it at once! :-) Hope the bag works for you. I originally added it to my gear list for the TGO as a spare in case another bag split, since I was using them for my meals, but after thinking about it I couldn't see any reason why it wouldn't make an excellent water carrier; and sure enough it worked very well indeed. It's also a bit easier to fill than a Platy.

Emrys Eustace, hygt Broom said...

I've always wanted to implement a drip-filter collecting bag, and I think you've given me the inspiration/clues to go about this. Thanks!

minimalgear said...

Glad to be of service!

Alan R said...

These do work well. I carry one as a spare for just about any backpacking use. I have used one as a water bag and had no problems. When you put it in the rucksack empty just remember to roll it from the bottom towards the seal. Do not fold it across the seal or it won't last long.
The good thing is they only work out at about 10p each so no loss really.