gave me free money!!!

I got a pleasant email today from It was a gift certificate for $20.00, no strings attached. They told me I could “spend it like I stole it!” So, I did…

There isn’t really a lot to choose from with a $20.00 limit, considering I had to allow for shipping costs as well. So, I strolled through the categories, looking for what I could use. What I decided on is the 2L Platypus Platy SoftBottle with a closure type lid.

Quite honestly, the choices for the SoftBottles were a bit confusing, and I am not sure if I still understand them. The best I can make out, there are three different types of bottle tops: Hyperflow, Push & Pull, and Closure. I wanted simple, so I chose closure. I think that it simply has a bottle style top that simply screws on like on a pop bottle. As far as weight, I don’t know, I can’t really find much info for a 2L bottle. So, I will see when it gets here.

Also, it will be nice to compare this to my Nalgene soft-sided Cantene. I like the larger mouth on the Nalgene, but it also takes up more room than this Platy bottle (probably) will when rolling up. However, the Platy has a larger volume than my 1L Nalgene. Anyway, I will do a write-up and compare the two when it gets here.

I am not sure why I got a certificate from I only made one or two purchases from them this year (although one was a rather large one…) However, I would like to say thanks to for giving me the free money.

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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