Hi friends! I am working on an invention in the water bottle field. I'd love to hear your ideas on the current strengths and weaknesses of water bottles on the market today, as well as alternative uses for water bottles in the backcountry. Feel free to hijack the thread and take it any direction you like, so long as it is water bottle related.
Loc: Meadow Valley, CA
Too heavy, even drink bottles like Snapple and Gatorade, although they are nice at times. Trend for awhile now seems to be towards bladders, even I have a few bladders now. Used to be you needed a hard water bottle to easily use with a filter, but systems are out now that allow direct connection to the clean side bladder. Good luck. Duane
The first problem is that they aren't free. Although, I generally get free poweraid when I buy mine.
Generally, I use a poweraid bottle when I backpack. But, when I day hike, I like to take my kleen canteen. I like it's ruggedness, and extra security it gives me. But, it's too heavy. Vargo makes a titanium version that costs a lot. Someday I will probably buy one.
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Loc: Santa Cruz CA, Sierra Hiker
My water bottles are heavy! I use a bicycle water bottle, the kind that is taller with a nice "waist" part way down cuz I have an elastic band on my shoulder strap to hold it so I can drink as I walk...and not worry about it being in my pack leaking like a bladder....but, it is indeed heavy!
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Why buy water bottles when you can get used ones for free? Actually, in Oregon they cost 5 cents (the deposit), but that's no big deal. Smart Water bottles last for a long time and, if you want a wide-mouth version, so do the Kroger "Simple Truth" organic juice bottles. Even if you count the cost of the original beverage (which presumably you will drink), they are still far, far cheaper than any commercial bottle, and lighter than most.
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