Water Bottles

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by cabot, Mar 1, 2016.


  1. cabot

    cabot Monkey

    My water bottle is the most used piece of equipment I have, it goes everywhere with me and I use it daily.
    I am also concerned about my health and the environment and love the saying take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints ( maybe its take nothing but memories )

    I will not use a plastic or aluminium bottle, it has to be stainless steel ( or Glass ). when i was in the US I had a canteen but since lost it. I met the owner of this company some time back www.puncbottles.com and without being biased I really like their bottles and have a few of them.

    They are nice shape which makes the easy to hold and carry, made from 18/8 stainless steel and a little lighter than my old bottle. I have a few different lids for them and often switch depending on what activity I'm doing. So on a bike I will use a suck type lid and backpacking a screw lid with a clip to hang from the outside of my pack.

    I have boiled water in one on camp fire and at home when power was down I would sit in on the stove. They are also very strong and have survived a lot of abuse which I generally treat all things I own. I found them easy to clean with the large opening and easy to see inside in case anything was lurking there. The paint didn't survive the fire but that was to be expected. I give them 9 out of 10.
     
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  2. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Nice Review. I was looking for more stainless steal bottles and you can get these insulated. Thanks for the link and the review!
     
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  3. MountainMariner

    MountainMariner Clearly Ambiguous

    Wide opening (so you can stuff snow into easily) and metal so you can boil over fire. Plastics are almost useless. If you do use plastic canteens at least get a metal cup to go with it. But then you have two items instead of one.
     
  4. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Insulated by double wall construction.(thermos bottle) So you will not want to try boiling water in the insulated version, you will likely blow it apart. But otherwise, it looks good. Decent price too.
     
  5. cabot

    cabot Monkey

    I also have a few insulated ones aswell see here 500ml PINC Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle they are a different shape and as Kellory mentioned you cant boil water in the insulated bottles. Still great for coffee and juice although a little difficult to drink very hot liquids directly from the spout unless you allow it to cool a little first or also carry a cup of some sort. But very slim and compact so easy to fit into a backpack side pocket.
     
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  6. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    i have an old 3 cup Nissan wide mouth thermos that I make yogurt in. but the seal is wearing out so I need a new widemouth steel thermos. The new nissan thremos just isnt the same, can't put my finger on the difference but it just doesnt' make good yogurt.

    But these look good for coffee or tea or soub
     
  7. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

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  8. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I think it has more to do with which philosophy you choose when it comes to portable water containers. We cannot say empirically, "this is the best" when we have not first chosen the relevant application. For instance, I like to use multiple plastic containers to carry water both in my backpacking kit as well as my bug out bag simply because they do exactly that --carry water. I always have a metallic container for fire use, and that is how I generally roll. Now, if we are to claim that in the case of only packing ONE container for water, which would serve you best, I can see the validity in naming a stainless or titanium container the primary.

    I look at it like any sensible being would in a situation where weight and size come into play. The more containers I have on me to hold water, the better. And quality plastic (non-BPA) does weigh less than steel and can be compact and fit nicely in the bag of your choosing when not filled with water, too. All of these qualities come into play when we are on the move or with a group and sharing may become an opportunity or burden. A few Platypus plastic containers for you can serve as a useful canteen to store water and drink from, as well as being a container for your water filtration system, which you should always keep with your filtration kit and use for nothing else. For the very small impact on size and weight as well as the potential advantages for carrying them, I have to question why anybody wouldn't have plastic water containers.

    If all you have is one metal container, that's your business, I will not judge.
     
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  9. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Bro

    Completely agree. Our Camelbak bottles are our everyday carry bottles here in AZ. We always have these with us when we are out. Due to the low humidity (avg 6%) even when its 75 degs outside you are loosing water with every breath.

    On days like this spring with temps already in the 75-85 deg range, I go through some where between 3 and 8 liters+ depending on what I am doing. Just sitting home on the radio for a day and its at least 3L.

    Hike or any other type of exercise and it can go up to over 4-6x that amount.

    This does not include anything survival related. That another whole different story.

    The camelbaks are our EDC water containers.
     
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  10. MountainMariner

    MountainMariner Clearly Ambiguous

    In cold climates the problem is your water will freeze. In that case you would have to cut your plastic from around the water, to get your ice cube out. I have four Eberlestock water bladders in 2&3 liter sizes. The drinking tube is worthless when it's really cold out. Within minutes the tube is frozen solid. The only solution is to have that ice cube inside a non-insulated metal container which you can put on a fire. Or pack with snow and melt.
     
  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    No, the solution is put your Camelbak near the fire not in it. As a former backpacker I've run into it many times. You can also set a rock in the fire and then pull the rock out and set your camelbak on the warm rock. Cover it up with something for insulation, and it will thaw quickly. I have never had to cut open any bladder to get to my water.
     
  12. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Actually NO, If your CamelBack, Freezes, Just bring it inside your Insulated Clothing, and let your body Heat thaw it out... OR, even better yet, fashion a rig to hold it under your clothing, and on your side, below your Arm Pit, and keep it there.... It will not ever be cold enough to freeze, there... while you are outside....
     
  13. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    That is for when you're on the move and generating heat. When you have an outside heat source, use it, instead of stealing heat and calories from you. Either way, you should never have to carve up your bladder.
     
  14. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Bro

    Completely agree. Our Camelbak bottles are our everyday bottles here in AZ. We always have these with us when we are out. Due to the low humidity (avg 6%) even when its 75 degs outside you are loosing water with every breath.

    On days like this spring with temps already in the 75-85 deg range, I go through some where between 3 and 8 liters+ depending on what I am doing. Just sitting home on the radio for a day and its at least 3L.

    Hike or any other type of exercise and it can go up to over 4-6x that amount.

    This does not include anything survival related. That is another thing all together.
     
  15. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I have a Sawyer filter system with extra collapsable bladders ,and for melting snow I use my stainless cup .
    I wouldn't keep water next to my skin, but between my jacket and shirt works just fine.
     
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