|The bag afflicted with holes from a fall, while full, of about five feet onto two sharp rocks.|
Two days after holing my bag, I wanted it to be useful again and realized I was carrying the repair for it wrapped around my extra GPS batteries in the form of waterproof first aid tape. Applied, the bag holds water again. There are no moist spots in the tape and it has been reliable for use 2-3 times a week since February when it was placed. It is working so well, that I have preemptively placed tape on what I expect to be one more failure mode, a spot where the top folds over, especially if the bag is overfilled. (The bag pictured above is overfilled. This user may error quite often with these poor, abused bags.)
|Pre-bandaged top of a Platypus.|
So here is another very simple do it yourself to have a repair kit for Platypus bags:
1. Take a length of waterproof first aid tape, about one foot.
2. Fold it onto itself in a small roll
The tape I have is from CVS and is just the store brand. While it has been exceptional for linear tears in the side of the bags, I expect that it will not fix delamination at the edges. On the up side, it does seem to take about ten years to have that problem. Oh, I despise duct tape. It weathers badly, it wears badly, and anything you are doing with it can be done better with something else. (What do people do with it?)
|Repair kit on the right and the tool on the left.|
Well, that was a very small thing, so here is a bonus MYOG I found in a Backpacking Light forum.
Ultralight folding bowl:
Take one Platypus 2.5 liter bag and cut off the top. Comes in around 14 grams. Otherwise, the lightest bowl on the market is the foldable Fozzils at just over 30 grams. Also mentioned in that thread is using the bottom of a milk carton, which does not fold but should be comparable to the Fozzils bowl in weight.