Gear Closet Raffle: Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter System

Platypus GravityWorks Water Filtration System hanging from a Tree

Platypus GravityWorks Water Filtration System hanging from a Tree

The Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter (click to read the SectionHiker review) is a kit that includes all of the components needed to set up a gravity-based water filter system. It includes a water filter, hosing, quick-connectors, a handy hose shut-off valve and two 4 liter platypus hydration reservoirs for holding “dirty” pre-filtered water and “clean” post-filtered water.  The Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter has an MSRP of $109.95.

Gravity filter systems like this are very good to use if you need to filter a large amount of water for 2-6 people and don’t want to have to pump it all through a filter or wait for your water while chemicals kill the microscopic bad stuff in it. It works by using gravity to force “dirty” un-filtered water through a passive water filter and in to a “clean” water container. This particular gravity filter system is  very well thought out, clear labelled, and easy to use. Effective against protozoa and bacteria, it’s an excellent group water system for hiking or camping.

To Enter: Hiker Food Cravings

In a comment below, list the foods you crave the most and want to eat when you get off a backpacking trip or a day hike.

Here are a few examples to get you started:

The first thing I eat when I get off a hike are Cape Code Kettle Chips and a large bottle of Classic Coke.

When I drive home from a hike I always order an XL coffee at Dunkin Donuts and a toasted Sesame Bagel with Cream Cheese. Hmmm. They keep me from bonking on the drive home.

After a hike, I always stop at a Dairy Queen and get a big sundae.

Deadline to Enter

The deadline to enter this raffle is Tuesday, November 13th, at midnight, PST. Don’t delay! Enter now.

Double and Triple Your Chances to Win

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  1. Go to the Directory and vote for at least one of your favorite hiking blogs or gear manufacturers listed in the directory. Share the love and vote for all of your favorite sites!
  2. Tweet the following message on Twitter: “ Gear Closet Raffle: Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter @philipwerner Ends midnight 11-13-12 ” – (don’t include the quotes)

Raffle Rules (the fine print)

  1. This raffle is open to US and international entrants with a postal address. will pay for shipping expenses only and not additional duties or taxes.
  2. A winner will be picked randomly from entrants.
  3. Raffle prize may take up to 4 weeks to arrive (often less.)
  4. Raffle winner much respond to an email within 2 days after notification or a new winner will be randomly selected.
  5. Entries must follow raffle rules or they will be disqualified.
  6. Raffle prizes come with no product warranty and are provided as is. Some prizes may show minor wear or blemishes incurred through product testing and review by

Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Cascade Designs provided Philip Werner ( with a complementary Platypus GravityWorks for review. 

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95 Responses to Gear Closet Raffle: Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter System

  1. Heidi November 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I always crave a Hardees bacon cheeseburger and a side of curly fries. I don’t understand why doing something so healthy makes you crave something like that but I cannot resist.

  2. Stephen November 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    When I’m done from a long hiking trip I crave baked chicken and
    broccoli… That actually sounds good now. LOL

  3. Cattail November 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    I always crave a mix of freshly grilled meat and greens, like grilled chicken over salad, or even a burger with a salad. I think it’s because on the trail, protein tends to come in a “wet” variety, and fresh greens are not to be found. I am asking for a food dehydrator for Winter Holiday Gifting from the family, and want to experiment with more “greens” in my BP food.

  4. Wil Colquhoun November 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    After hiking the Maryland section of the AT, I usually stop at El Sloppy Taco, in Brunswick, Maryland for the sloppy burrito, a southern style sweet burrito with beans, cole slaw and pulled pork.

  5. Jason November 12, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    After a hike, I always stop at a pizza buffet.

  6. slowpoke November 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Double meat Whataburger w/cheese and a chocolate shake. Nuff said.

  7. Dave November 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    After days of eating dehydrated bag meals and gorp, I crave a big hamburger with bleu cheese and Bacon (cooked medium), with fries and a pickle on the side, and a nice pint of beer, it always hits the spot.

  8. Wock November 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Jalapeno Cheese Corn Dog

  9. Michael November 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    After a hike i ALWAYS hit up the closest In n’ out and order a double double yummmmm

  10. Kevin November 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    A burger or a plate of stacked nachos. With beer.

  11. PamW November 13, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    After a hike I crave protein, especially a burger– not the fast food version, but a juicy rare locally prerpared one. If it’s winter I also usually want a hot drink– in summer a salad and a cold drink. I often don’t eat all of the burger if it’s been a day hike as I munch on the trail frequently, so I bring the leftovers home.

  12. Slugbait November 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    As an adult veteran of 5 Boy Scout 50 milers, I’ve observed that food talk kicks in on day 4. For the next 3 days conversation revolves around food- mainly junk food. Once off the trail, the boys are treated to a fast food meal.

  13. PortyHere November 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Cookout burger, ketchup mustard and pickles, large fry and a large (definitely!) Chocolate Milkshake! Mmm Mmm Mmm!

  14. Earlylite November 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    I am truly impressed by the number of carnivores who read Section Hiker. Who knew?

    The winner of this gear closet raffle is Aaron Guillotte who is from Boston and has just started getting into hiking and backpacking as a serious hobby. He does most of his hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

    Congratulations Aaron!

  15. Grandpa November 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Is Aaron a carnivore too?

    Speaking of such, a few years ago my brother and I were hiking the CDT in Montana. It didn’t rain the full five days we were on the trail because some of the days it was sleeting and snowing. With our insanely heavy gear spread over about three and a half acres on the last morning, a hungry thru hiker showed up as we cooked breakfast. He’d been delayed by the weather and had run out of food, not having eaten for a couple days. We offered him some of our meal and he demurred, stating that he was a vegetarian. I whispered in my brother’s ear, “Another two days will cure that!” We were able to find plenty of other food he would eat and he hung around for two and a half hours and we learned volumes of information from him in that time. He was our introduction to lightweight backpacking and our visit with him completely changed our perspective on backpacking and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.

    The cheeseburger at the bowling alley/cafe/pub after that hike remains the best one I’ve eaten in my entire life.

  16. EconAPG November 15, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Oh yeah, I’m a carnivore alright. Steak and cheese after every hike. It’s a requirement, haha. Just wanted to say thanks again! Can’t wait to try it out!

  17. Blitzo November 16, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Cheese is what I always craved while on hikes longer than a month. Mmmmm.. cheese.

  18. sean November 17, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    A greasy hamburger and fries always does the trick.

  19. David M November 22, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Lemonaid! And a Chic-fil-A chicken sandwich.