Platypus® Hydration Evolves with New Pack Line

PRESS RELEASE –

Five new Originâ„¢ pack models feature integrated hydration, lightweight design and weatherproof construction

Seattle, WA (September 16, 2010) Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, today announced the upcoming release of a new line of Platypus Origin hydration packs. Drawing on years of expertise in the hydration category, the new line of weatherproof, lightweight hydration packs is designed and built to offer the best performance, comfort and customization for a wide variety of outdoor sports.

Each of the five new Platypus Origin hydration packs features superior gear protection in any weather, with precisely integrated hydration and a refined, contoured fit designed for a variety of day and overnight activities. A premium, taste-free Platypus Big Zipâ„¢ SL reservoir is the foundation of every pack in the line. The designated hydration compartment is built to easily accommodate both the two-liter and three-liter sizes without affecting the capacity of the pack itself. Weather-resistant zippers provide easy access to the pack interior, while multiple tube routing options allow the user to place the bite valve where it works best for them. Constructed with technical, lightweight, weatherproof fabric, plus taped and sewn seams, contents stay protected while the aesthetic and design of the pack remains clean and uncluttered. Further design enhancements include pressure-relieving BioCurveâ„¢ ventilated center back panels, stretch-woven fabric for comfort on touch points and simple, intuitive storage and loops for gear and helmets.

“With 10-plus years testing and perfecting hydration reservoirs, we’ve tried a lot of packs,”said Erik Flink, Division Director, Hydration and Water Treatment for Cascade Designs. “We recognized the need to build a pack from the ground up, with our Big Zip SL reservoir as the foundation. This line is the result of countless hours of obsessing over the details using the same design attributes we apply to all Platypus products-deliver maximum performance as simply as possible-and our testers have been thrilled with the results.”

The new Platypus Origin hydration packs include:

Origin 3 – Built for one to three hours of activity, this pack is the ideal performance-support system for a quick trail run or hot-lapping the local circuit. Pack includes a two-liter Big Zip SL reservoir and three liters of weatherproof storage.

Origin 5 - Built for two to four hours of activity such as an ultralight half-day outing or a quick trek. Pack includes a two-liter Big Zip SL reservoir and five liters of weatherproof storage.

Origin 9 - A full-fledged day pack designed for everything from cold weather hiking to all-day summer epics. Pack includes a three-liter Big Zip SL reservoir and nine liters of weatherproof storage.

Origin 22.18 and 22.20 - Ideal for fast-packing overnights or a day at the crags, this pack can be used for a broad range of adventures. Some features are removable to lighten the weight. Pack includes a two-liter Big Zip SL reservoir with 22 liters of weatherproof storage and is available in two torso lengths.

Origin 32.20 and 32.22 - The largest Platypus pack is the mainstay of multi-night fast and light trips, as well as overnight alpine scrambles and gear-intensive day use activities. Pack includes a three-liter Big Zip SL reservoir with 32 liters of weatherproof storage and is available in two torso lengths.

The new Platypus Origin Hydration Packs debuted in Europe at the July 2010 OutDoor Trade Fair and in North America at the August 2010 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The collection will be available in stores January 2011.

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