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Platypus® QuickDraw™ MicroFilter System Wins Coveted Outside/Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award

May 17, 2022

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The high-performance, ultralight personal water filter was chosen for its superior capabilities in the backcountry and innovative design.

Platypus, the longtime market leader in taste-free hydration products and water filtration, a division of Cascade Designs, has been named the winner of Outside and Backpacker Magazine’s 2022 Editors’ Choice award for their new QuickDraw Microfilter.

“Believe us, this thing is fast: by applying constant pressure on the reservoir, we filled a one-liter Nalgene in about 20 seconds – the fastest rate on the market for something this light and inexpensive,” Outside and Backpacker editors said. One editor remarked that even on group trips, they “brought this filter rather than a larger gravity model. It’s so small that it can fit in a hipbelt pocket, and it’s the most efficient filtration system [they’ve] ever used.” 

Weighing a scant 3.3 oz and able to roll small enough to fit in your hip belt pocket, the QuickDraw MicroFilter System can be quickly deployed and able to filter 3 liters of water in a minute. This affordable filter is not only designed to keep users safe with its high-performance technology, it also offers a fantastic user experience. No assembly required, the  QuickDraw features a sturdy, flip-to-open cap design, an extra-wide mouth on the reservoir for easy filling, and an easy to use handle. The cap creates a reliable seal to prevent any seepage, ensuring dirty water cannot contaminate the cap.The QuickDraw is made of a .2 micron hollow fiber cartridge that removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa as it pertains to the NSF P231 standard. 

Outside and Backpacker editors also called out the QuickDraw’s durability even over a lengthy testing duration, noting that they hadn’t seen “any holes” throughout the season, “a far cry from other, flimsier reservoirs.”

“Our work at Platypus has always been centered around innovation, stringent testing and the belief that gear should be accessible to all,” said Kalon Pilmanis, Vice President of Product Development at Cascade Designs. “The QuickDraw is a great representation of our core values with its unique and simple design, all at an affordable price point. We’re honored that Outside and Backpacker have chosen to recognize it with an accolade as well-respected as their Editor’s Choice award.”  

The QuickDraw Microfilter is available to purchase online and at selected retailers for $44.95 for the filter and reservoir, and $34.95 for just the filter. 

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About Platypus®

Seattle-based Platypus brand has been the market leader in flexible and modular hydration products for over two decades, designing easy-to-use, taste-free products for optimum performance. Unmatched versatility and quality define Platypus’s BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free bottles, hands-free reservoirs, hydration packs, and the pump-free, fast-flowing personal and group water filter systems. The majority of Platypus products are made in their U.S.A. and Ireland manufacturing facilities. For more information, visit

About Cascade Designs, Inc.®

For 50 years, Seattle-based Cascade Designs, Inc. and its brands, Therm-a-Rest®, Mountain Safety Research® (MSR), Platypus®, SealLine®, and PackTowl®, have led the outdoor industry in designing innovative, useful and long-lasting equipment, manufacturing the majority of products in their Seattle, WA, and Reno, NV, U.S.A. and Cork, Ireland facilities. From the original self-inflating Therm-a-Rest® camping mattress to the first multi-fuel stove from MSR®, Cascade Designs has developed leading products that explorers, travelers, adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts and weekend campers can rely on to deliver optimum performance in the outdoors through exceptional engineering and quality. For more information, please visit: