Hydrating Potables Portaging Equipment Review

Summer is officially here, and coincidentally so is the heat (86F at 6pm).  With this in mind I hope you all are being serious about your hydration.  I know I am, hence my several different containers to ensure water is always at my side.  Read on for my review of each one.

CamelBak Better Bottle:

Better? Bottle

The Good: free of that nasty BPA, has an ergonomic shape, and a easy accessible straw.

The Bad: It’s just too complicated for a water bottle.  After several months the connection from the straw to the “outlet” cracked and prevented any water from entering my mouth.  I discovered this along with lots of nasty gunk buildup in tight spaces between working parts after disassembling the unit.  I have not investigated any warranty information.

Gunked up & Broken Straw Connection.

There is a standard flat non-sippy top option for this bottle, I would recommend that over the straw version.

Mystery Flip Top:

Mountain Hardware does not manufacture water bottles

I received this bottle for free when I purchased some equipment from a witty online retailer from Michigan who enjoy large mammal mandibles. I am not sure who actually manufactured this bottle and unfortunately have not been able to find it or sale anywhere.

The Good:  The flip top provides easy access while hydrating behind the wheel, and prevents spilling on yourself than can easily happen with the standard Nalgene bottle.

The Bad:  Made with BPA, but as long as it’s not left in the heat not a big deal.  It’s capacity is under a liter so refilling often is necessary.

The Old Standby:

The Standard in potable portaging

The Good:  Sturdy “Unbreakable” & Simple Design have made the Nalgen a timeless piece of backpacking equipment.

The Bad:  My model contains BPA, they are now manufactured without BPA.  Super wide mouth can create wet messes for the clumsy, aka me.  They do have inserts to rectify this problem and a narrow mouth version as well.


Kleen Kanteen:

Bottle of Steel

The Good:  It’s quite large, 40 oz. to be exact, and excellent option for backpacking trips.  It’s stainless steel so leave it in the sun all day and don’t worry about nasty chemicals tainting your water.

The Bad:  It dents very easily as you can see in the photo.  It can be difficult to open the bottle in the cold or with greasy hands.  A carabiner or stick can be slide through the top to increase leverage.

The Standard Camelbak:

The Ultimate in Portable Hydration

The Good:  Maximum capacity, at 2 Liters it holds almost double my largest bottle.  Water is always a neck crane away.  I will never go mountain biking or skiing without it.

The Bad:  It doesn’t refill itself. Cleaning it can be a pain.

These represent only a few on the many potable portaging options.  Go equip yourself and don’t leave home without your H20.  Happy Hydrating.

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