SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – July/August 2013

Gear Review: Platypus Sprinter X.T. 35.0

A hearty hydration pack that's also water resistant.

by: Kristin Hostetter

Platypus Sprinter X.T. 35.0 (Courtesy Photo)
Platypus Sprinter X.T. 35.0 (Courtesy Photo)

Verdict
This is a lot of pack for the money. First, it’s all but submersible with PU-coated ripstop nylon, taped seams, and water-resistant zippers. (I hiked all day through relentless drizzle and not a drop made it inside.) Second, the hardy suspension system (a removable framesheet with single stay and body-wrapping hipbelt and shoulder straps) managed loads up to 25 pounds. Third, the top-loading packbag gave me access to a cavernous single compartment, while five exterior pockets kept me organized. And fourth, it comes with a 3-liter hydration system (a $25 value) that stashes in its own pocket, so it’s accessible without unloading the pack. $160; 2 lbs. 14 oz. (S/M); 2 sizes; cascadedesigns.com

Best For
All-weather dayhikers and minimalist overnighters

Tester Data
Kristin Hostetter (other testers: Jake Klonsky, Jan Nesset) When Dec. to May Where CO, MA, MT, Nicaragua, OR; heavy rain, light snow “The long front pocket swallowed my helmet and a puffy.”



Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Rocky Mountains
Last minute Trip Advice
Posted On: Jul 24, 2014
Submitted By: KevinAug
Trailhead Register
New Member Introduction
Posted On: Jul 24, 2014
Submitted By: TravisNWood


Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions