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Platypus® Hydration Pack Line Receives Top Industry Design Award

Friedrichshafen, Germany – Cascade Designs, Inc. has won an OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD for its Platypus Origin™ hydration pack line at the 2010 European OutDoor Trade Fair.

Friedrichshafen, Germany – Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, has won an OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD for its Platypus Origin™ hydration pack line at the 2010 European OutDoor Trade Fair. Recognized as one of five winners in the Backpacks/Travel Luggage category among a group of 45 submissions, the Platypus Origin hydration pack line was selected for its superior design quality, workmanship, choice of material, functionality and utility.

The fifth annual OutDoor INDUSTRY product design competition considered 412 product submissions from 28 countries. An international jury of design experts selected award winners in recognition of outstanding new products and to offer consumers purchasing guidance.

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 Zip™ 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 BioCurve™ ventilated center back panels, stretch-woven fabric for comfort on touch points and simple, intuitive storage and loops for gear and helmets. 

The Platypus Origin Hydration Pack line will be available in stores January 2011.

About the Platypus® Brand

Seattle-based Cascade Designs, Inc. has been the market leader in innovative, flexible and modular hydration products for over a decade, designing easy-to-use, taste-free products for optimum performance under the Platypus brand. Unmatched versatility, quality and performance define the Platypus brand collection of BPA-free and phthalate-free bottles, hands-free hydration systems, water carriers, insulators, accessories and a pump-free, fast-flow gravity water filter system compatible with Platypus hydration components. The majority of Platypus products are made in the Seattle, U.S.A. and Cork, Ireland manufacturing facilities. For more information on Platypus products, visit

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