Platypus Big-Zip LP

Impact
Platypus reservoirs have always been considered the best in the industry because of their taste free inner layer and their durable outer layer.  The Big-Zip LP (Low Profile) adds a web to keep the reservoir from ballooning. The improved shape is more comfortable on the user's back and easier to slide into a pack.
Challenge
The layered film used to achieve the taste-free and toughness properties is complex and expensive to manufacture.  The reservoirs were already one of the highest priced and Platypus could not afford to raise prices with a feature that many companies were already selling. 
Design 
The updated product simply adds a web of taste-free material to the inside of an existing reservoir.  Special attention had to be paid to so that features such as cleanability, durability and taste-free were not lost during the revision.
 
Primary Project Role:  Product Manager