Water bottle/canteen recommendations please

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by Brommeland, May 8, 2014.

  1. I.N.F.K


    Jul 7, 2012
    I have the 3L one to bring water back to my camp and one problem I have noticed is that it is rather difficult to keep it open. The walls keep wanting to stick back together while filling up at a creek.
  2. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Dubious medical advice is dubious. Fact is excess Hydrogendioxide has caused many provable deaths each year. Toxicity of drinking water containers is very low on my list of reasons to choose one over the other.

    That said, I am looking to buy a Domo water bag for my canoe camping needs. It is a nylon bag with a larger plastic liner and a spigot valve cap with a wide opening. It was the original "Platypus" back years ago. Of course the design and volume (a gallon) make it unfit for most backpacking needs.
  3. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    Nalgene lexan.

    I'll stick with Nalgene lexan.
  4. Brommeland


    Jul 28, 2003
    You guys are free to do whatever seems right to you. My original post was about Stainless or Titanium containers because that is what I consider safest for my family.
    Whether you consider my posts to be "dubious medical advice" is immaterial to me. If you haven't done the research, your opinion does not carry the same weight with me as the opinions of folks who have.....
    Last edited: May 17, 2014
  5. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    But you would be wrong to assume that I have not done the research. I have. What I found was that the BPA scare was the product of inconclusive research as was the aluminum/alzheimers link scare. But you are correct in that you are free to choose whatever container material you wish based upon whatever you believe. However it is not correct to state that evidence of toxicity of either material is conclusive and to present it as established fact.

  6. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    These are excellent. Lightweight. Inexpensive (sometimes free). They stay flexible and don't get brittle in the cold. Durable against drops. The double-rubber seals are unbeatable. Huge thumbs-up from me. :thumbup:

    Saline solution bottles:

    I've tried this. They always leak. :thumbdn:
  7. neeman


    Apr 5, 2007
    Specific water bottles here in Israel have only recently come on to the backpacking stores, and they are very expensive, and only one liter
    (although everyone does Army service, no one will carry an Army canteen)

    Here in Israel the generic carry is the 1 1/2 liter soda bottle
    All backpacks manufactured for Israel have side pockets that take the 1 1/2 liter soda bottles
    So these two 1 1/2 liter bottles fill the 3 liter daily carry requirement
    Side bottle carriers also take a 1 1/2 liter bottle

    They seem not to leak here....
    Last edited: May 20, 2014
  8. bedgoo


    May 16, 2010
    I've had my Klean Kanteen for years.
  9. Roadracer_Al


    Jan 5, 2013
    I ditched my Nalgene bottles after the BPA scare.

    My favorite stainless water bottle was a cheapo from Costco: came 2 in a package, nice rounded lip on the mouth, silicone washer that made a good seal, mid-sized mouth (bigger than a soda bottle, not as big as a Kleen Kanteen), and my camp mug nested perfectly. My wife lost both of them.

    So I bought a Kleen Kanteen wide mouth. Hate it. The damn top leaks if you don't go full gorilla on it, and the mouth is not rolled, just straight sheet metal. Maybe it's just me, but it has a "tinny" taste in it that none of my other stainless bottles had.

    I'm partial to Gatorade bottles. They don't leak, they're light, and the mouth is comfortable. Of course, nothing nests with it.
  10. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    One big advantage to the Nalgene bottles over others, the don't hold smells. So if you have leftover food to store or carry to the next night's campsite, you won't be tasting spaghetti or whatever for the entire duration of the trip. I don't carry food in water bottles, but I've seen it done.

    Standard Nalgene bottles don't contain BPA. Nor msg, nor gluten, nor whatever other 'allergy' is going around this week. :rolleyes:
  11. neeman


    Apr 5, 2007
    oh and another thing about soda bottles
    because they are soft they freeze very well without cracking
    they go in the freezer the night before a hike
  12. mete


    Jun 10, 2003
    You guys have it all mixed up !!
    Nalgene is the name of the company . They used to make bottles of polycarbonate which is the chemical name for Lexan and they contained BHA.They no longer use that material but now make them of Tritan which is a product of the Eastman Co and is free of BHA. The bottles are heavy duty and I recently tested those sold by REI.If you are a chemist you might understand the exact chemical used for the bottles.
  13. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    For those of you afraid of plastic bottles, you should educate yourself about the dangers of stainless and other metallic bottles.

    Did the label state it was constructed food grade/food safe interior? Did it state the interior was not coated (almost impossible to tell by just looking)? Many have epoxy liners. Does it have a plastic lid or seal? These are often problems regardless of cost, manufacturer, or how "upscale" the retailer is.

    Now let's consider the supply pipes from whence you draw your water.... (THIS IS LIKELY THE BIGGER ISSUE)

    Now lets consider what's actually in the water/water quality.

    If you are really scared, spend he big bucks and put a reverse osmosis element under your sink.

    Me? I'll just continue using my Nalgene plastic bottles and pull water from the tap in my kitchen.
    Last edited: May 21, 2014
  14. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    Me, I prefer a favorite brand of natural spring water to my highly chlorinated tap water. Again, to each his own.
  15. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Nalgenes taste funny to me. I use platypus soft bottles myself!
  16. jtsharp


    Aug 19, 2009
    I use a 32oz nalgene and a pathfinder bottle kit with the nesting cup and lid. That does about all I need it to..
    If I only take one bottle its the pathfinder kit. I also use a katadyn filter and dont worrytoo much about the material of the bottle as I dont drink out of them daily even if they were slightly harmfull.
  17. Swampdog

    Swampdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    I use chilled water that is filtered through my refrigerator, to put in my BPA free 32 oz. Nalgene bottle. It fits inside my Snow Peak titanium cup that fits inside my Maxpedition bottle bag.
  18. Brommeland


    Jul 28, 2003
    Update: My Pathfinder stuff has arrived and it is everything that I had hoped for. Extremely efficient, well thought out design coupled with superb construction. My only complaint is with some sharp edges on the cup lids, but a few minutes on the buffing wheel and that problem was easily resolved. I recommend it without reservation.
  19. JGON


    Mar 12, 2010
  20. sodak

    sodak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    When the BPA scare happened, everyone was dumping Nalgene's, and I got as many as I could. They are definitely my favorite, and love the fact that they don't hold smells or tastes. My wife has been in clinical research for almost 30 years, and she looked at the "studies" on the dangers of BPA and just laughed at them. I'll take her word over anyone's.

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