Nov 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm #1265312
I'm not creative (very left brained)
so I'm looking for ideas for making a light weight holster/holder, for a water bottle (commonly available light weight used drink bottle.)I carry 2 1L platys in my backpack, but on my first backpacking trip, we decided to do a day hike and I had no way to carry water.
LeighNov 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm #1662668
@cobbermanLocale: Northern Colorado
I have the older style of 1L platypus's (plural of platypus?) and they have markings for using a hole punch near the base gusset. If just going for a short jaunt, I'll put a spare guyline through the two holes and throw it over my shoulder.Nov 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm #1662682
@cwayman1Locale: East Tennessee, US
I believe 'platypi' or 'platypusses' were what you were looking for =)
What amazing animals!
And for day-hiking, I would recommend something similar to the REI flash, or Zpacks 'Zero' pack– basically just a stuff sack with shoulder straps. OR you could make a simple, small stuffsack and just put a shoulder strap on it, similar to…
Nov 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm #1662683
@puckemLocale: between trees
Just for ideas, or maybe for purchase, check out fanny/hydration packs made by GoLite and Innov8.Nov 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm #1662684
"I carry 2 1L platys in my backpack, but on my first backpacking trip, we decided to do a day hike and I had no way to carry water."
Take your Platy, turn it upside down, and with a HOT nail, melt a hole in each corner. If you want to be fancy, use some grosgrain webbing for a sling. Otherwise, simple, fat, cord will do.
And sling it over your shoulder.Nov 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm #1662686
@puckemLocale: between trees
Another cheap/easy method…… I got a little nylon drawstring sportsbag from a thriftstore, the kind with strings that attached to the lower corners and going up to the collar to act as the drawstring. It cost me 75 cents, and it's gotta be the easiest thing in the world to MYOG. Then I got a package of little water bottles called AquaPods. They are really lightweight, roundish water bottles aimed at young sports teams. I took the Labels off, but I think they are made by Arrowhead. They are approximately 12 oz each. So I just take a handfull of those, either premixed or empty or with drink mix powder in a dry bottle. The pack works well as a shoulder sling kinda pack, so I just carry a few AquaPods in the pack, and one in my hand. Works perfect, and cost me about 4 dollars. Poverty leads to ingenuity, and thrift stores are amazing. :)Nov 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm #1662690
Webbing Bottle Holder (under $2 at Walmart)
http://www.outdoorproducts.com/Products/webbing-bottle-holder/63Nov 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm #1662691
the pic is tooooo cute!! Thanks all for the great ideas.
Greg, I especially like the idea of using what I already have and not adding weight (other than the tie.) So the weight of the water doesn't rip out the holes? Suppose I could carry it less than full.
LeighNov 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm #1662698
There is a lot of room up there. By melting in a hole you reinforce the edge with the displaced plastic, making it thicker, round, and smooth, all of which spreads out the stress.Nov 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm #1662722
@simauliusLocale: Bohemian Alps
Clint, what a lovely picture.
Platypi should be pronounced 'platipee' for the plural and 'platypus twain' is a great way to express the often overlooked English dual form.
Ahhh, the difficult life of an unemployed Classics Prof!
I've used long velcro strips, in a wrap-around configuration to secure a bear spray cannister to my CDT straps, it should work for smaller sized water bottles too.Nov 10, 2010 at 4:35 am #1662785
Excellent! And Steve I like your idea as well!
Thanks everyone.Nov 10, 2010 at 7:05 am #1662811
For my 2-liter gravity filtration setup, I reinforced the Platypus holes with cheap Coghlan's brass grommets. Without them, the plastic seemed to be stressed and the holes started to tear (2 liters is fairly heavy). With the grommets, things seem fine.Nov 10, 2010 at 7:53 am #1662830
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