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    Recently a longtime favorite water bottle started leaking after dropping it wrong (is there ever a right way?). Vargooutdoors honored their guarantee by giving me a discount on the purchase of a new water bottle. The early version I had was made with a seam around the base, but newer ones don't. That discount shows a lot of integrity in my book. But That brings up a question: What water bottles do you all use? For work? For play? For exploration and adventure?

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    My water comes in a bottle.

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    My daily bottles are glass bottles with silicon tops from Target. Glass tastes best :-)

    for or hiking I have several Ss. Some donor have brands, but I get the kind with wide threads. Hydroflask vacuum bottle is awesome when it's hot. I can start it with some ice and leave it in the car. I also have a Liberty Bottle Works bottle. It's ceramic coated steel, which tastes good like glass, but doesn't shatter.

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    Nalgene and Platy bag.





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    I keep a Klean Kanteen stainless bottle in my goes-everywhere bag. It can be used to boil water in to purify if needed, or melt snow. Thankfully, I've never had to use it for that "for real". There's a 1qt Platypus in there, too. Otherwise, lots of Poland Spring, Deer Park, and Fox Ledge plastic bottles. I do try to refill from my home tap, but it's not always practical.

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    Hydroflask - double wall stainless. I like the wide mouth one with the top with the straw. I like ice & cold drinks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scout24 View Post
    I keep a Klean Kanteen stainless bottle in my goes-everywhere bag. It can be used to boil water in to purify if needed, or melt snow. Thankfully, I've never had to use it for that "for real". There's a 1qt Platypus in there, too. Otherwise, lots of Poland Spring, Deer Park, and Fox Ledge plastic bottles. I do try to refill from my home tap, but it's not always practical.

    Lol WoodsWalker, getting the 35lb. 5 gallon workout in camp!
    I hear that!







    My UL bottle for when going up even harder ground.



    But honestly when going back down I dump to save my knees as it's for training. The world famous Nalgene wide mouth next to one of my smallest stoves.



    I think the most popular bottle on the AT is the re used Smart water bottle with Sawyer Squeeze. still got mine from last season on the AT. Also have the SS Nalgene and a few other SS ones.
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    I use the nalgene and a 32oz hydroflask wide mouth. The hydroflask is heavier but it works really well.
    I also use a Source bladder (3 liter) for hikes paired with a nalgene with a capcap to make it easier to drink on the go.

    I have a camping cup that the nalgene nestles into for hikes to boil water in.

    The hydroflask is my favorite on hot days to keep my water cold. In the cold weather, I still drink mostly water so for tea or coffee, I take a small thermos paired with a nalgene.
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    Mizu brand bottle with Hayley strategic logo

    Mizu bottle with prometheus design werx logos

    Love these bottles I use one everyday!

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    Yeti rambler

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    Very Interesting water bottles listed here, as well as the pure-functional tools. Who would have thought in, say, the year 2000, that we will enjoy such a wide variety of hydration container choices 17 years later.

    The ones I take to work are SIGG stainless and the two-piece Alexbottle. Vargo is for the outdoors (except for the backup bottle in work-day pack). Klean Kanteen is used for storing primary drinking water at former home, where all water was hauled. Back then, most of the wash water was hauled in repurposed beverage containers. Carrying 5 galloners was too cumbersome. We reuse cat litter HDPE containers for emergency wash and toilet water and store them in the basement.

    The wife and son use Klean Kanteen.

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    In the winter I use Hunersdorf water bottles. They are like the HDPE (soft) Nalgenes but without the flavor tainting and with better sealing caps. They are much easier to work with when the temperature drops below freezing. For all other outdoors stuff, I've switched from the standard Nalgene to collapsable water bottles from Vapur, which are tough enough and have a nice wide fill mouth.

    At home and work I use an insulated Klean Kanteen or Hydroflask, which keeps water hot or cold for an unreal length of time. They're also stainless steel which looks and wears great.
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    Awesome thread! I love water bottles. Haha

    On the trail I usually use Platypus and/or Camelback bladders. I also have some SIGG and Nalgene bottles that I may use for short hikes or carry empty for use around a campsite since bladders are cumbersome for that purpose.

    For everyday use I generally use Hydroflask 18oz insulated bottles as they stay cold. I also have Vapur bottles and have been very impressed with their durability and usefulness.

    When I'm working and it's hot out I have a bigger orange .5 gal Igloo insulated plastic jug with a handle as I gotta drink a ton to replenish all the water loss. I'm not crazy about drinking out of that cheaper plastic but the giant steel bottles are pretty expensive. Maybe I'll suck it up and buy one this year.

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    The hydro flasks can't be beat. They just came out with a bunch of new styles I saw at REI last week. Even found a great 24 Oz coffee mug my girlfriend just loves it. Coffee will stay warm for a long time.

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    Some odd stuff here:

    Daily at work: an empty Everclear bottle. Yes, the liquor illegal for sale in 14 states. I use it for backpacking stove fuel. Now I have a heavy glass 750ml bottle with a solid cap. A decent amount to get me thru the day, but I wish it were larger. I only drink from glass whenever possible...it just tastes better and I don't like the sweet taste from plastic. I don't give a s*** about the chemical stuff some people freak over. I don't buy that.

    Backpacking: an empty Jim Beam plastic whiskey bottle. Now I sound like an alcoholic. I like it because it's lightweight and flat (like a big flask) so it packs well. I'll also use assorted Evernew bags (similar to Platypus).

    Backpacking in winter: the usual 1L Nalgene or two

    Day hiking, kayaking, etc: the 1L Nalgene again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Offgridled View Post
    The hydro flasks can't be beat. They just came out with a bunch of new styles I saw at REI last week. Even found a great 24 Oz coffee mug my girlfriend just loves it. Coffee will stay warm for a long time.

    +1 for HydroFlasks... But only the older ones Made in America. The newer ones Made in China are a clear step down in quality.
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    I have a camelback HK Heckler and Koch edition but looking for another. Would like to have a copper lined or solid copper one... and looking at the hydro???
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    I have a camelback HK Heckler and Koch edition but looking for another. Would like to have a copper lined or solid copper one... and looking at the hydro???

    If you mean the newer HydroFlasks, go to a brick & mortar shop that sells them. No lie, I did buy one of the newer HydroFlasks.... after I spent over half an hour finding a bottle that was built properly, then finding a plastic cap that didn't have a blatant seam dividing it in half, and then looking even more for another combination of the two that fit properly without a ridiculous squeaking noise coming from unscrewing the cap from the bottle.

    Ever seen the film, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"? Remember that one scene where The Ugly makes his way to a gun shop? He tries out a few revolvers and he's not happy with the lot of them. So he cannibalizes parts from multiple revolvers, takes the best-fitted different parts from each one, puts them together; and makes one really good revolver.

    Honestly, I know what that's like. Difference is, I did it with water bottles.
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    Usually I'm sporting a Nalgene bottle with a neoprene bottle holder, in either 20 or 32 oz. Add a HumanGear CapCap and it covers all the bases.

    I've been known to use a Nalgene Oasis canteen or a 32oz narrow mouth bottle, and a various Klean Kanteen or Hydro Flask insulated bottles - mostly because those are the ones I can find on sale.
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    I dunno, my HydroFlask products are perfectly fine. I wouldn't worry too much.

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    Narrow cap nalgene, 1 liter. Have a bladder but prefer the bottle. If I needed another one I'd probably just reuse a Gatorade bottle. Basically the same thing only cheaper.

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    Damn... What for have I entered the thread?! Hydro Flask 64 oz Cobalt has been ordered...

    And now I have to pray it is built in US
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    Oh that reminds me! I did add a new bottle! For work days I picked up a Yeti 64 oz Rambler. A stainless bohemoth! But it keeps my water super cold in a hot truck all day so I'm happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nbp View Post
    I dunno, my HydroFlask products are perfectly fine. I wouldn't worry too much.
    +1 I have a few new hydros and all working great.

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    I dunno, my HydroFlask products are perfectly fine. I wouldn't worry too much.
    I must respectfully disagree. The hideously loud squeaking is likely to drive other members insane, over time. Again, if one can track them down, I can 1000% highly recommend the older HydroFlasks. I know of only one place that sells them. A somewhat radical health food shop on the East side of Manhattan. And for some incredibly bizarre reason, it is the only place on the entire East side of Manhattan where you can get quality water bottles. I know, I checked! West side, no issues. East side... It's as though the residents have a hatred of quality water bottles. Oddest thing ever.

    Unfortunately the health food shop doesn't sell their stock of bottles online. Also, it's not about Patriotism. You're paying the same amount for a noticeable step down in quality over the older bottles. That's just not right. I have a cheap, thin-walled, generic bottle that cost me a few bucks. Its squeak is absolutely tiny and baby mouse-like in volume compared to the nightmarish sewer rat sound of the monster rising up to devour the city.

    Something is very wrong when a cheap, generic, piece of crap water bottle was put together with more attention to detail regarding the threads than one from such a highly respected company such as HydroFlask. I'm sorry, but again.... that's not right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nbp View Post
    Oh that reminds me! I did add a new bottle! For work days I picked up a Yeti 64 oz Rambler. A stainless bohemoth! But it keeps my water super cold in a hot truck all day so I'm happy.
    This is not all. I already have managed to order 21 oz standard mouth bottle and Coldest Water straw cap for it. Just cannot force myself to drink 2L of water per day. Perhaps, a fancy flask would help
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    Quote Originally Posted by vadimax View Post
    Damn... What for have I entered the thread?! Hydro Flask 64 oz Cobalt has been ordered...

    And now I have to pray it is built in US

    If it's used, you might get lucky. If it's a brand new one, sorry. HydroFlask stopped making their bottles in the U.S. and has switched over completely to China. Maybe you'll get lucky and your example won't have visible seams in the bottle or the cap, and won't squeak horribly. It's going to be hit or miss in that regard. From personal experience, sad to say; it's usually miss.
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    I have an 18 oz HF and then also an 18 oz generic "clone" someone bought me as a gift. While they look very similar the quality of the HF is definitely better. The cap on my generic one does squeak while the HF does not. The plastic is higher quality on the HF. And the powder coating on the HF has been very durable while the thin paint on the clone is chipping off whenever it bumps things. It keeps water cold so I use it, but I would certainly say the HF is of better quality. I'm sorry you have not had the same experience. I also have several HF True Pints I use at home for water, beer etc. and I have been completely happy with them.

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    32oz Vinegar bottles is what I prefer to use for water bottles. They last a long time, you just have to replace the lids with lids from soda bottles. I also use soda bottles, but they don't keep their shape as well as the vinegar bottles.

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    I want to get my wife a nice water bottle, are the HydroFlask's worth the money, at over $35.00 dollars for a bottle not really cheap.

    Also, the squeak... that adds up to either mis-fitting parts, materials made wrong, materials not which don't work well together or all of the above. Modern plastic should not behave like that They look nice, however so does a Fiji bottle.

    Any one one have any advice. I love the style, and colors, and I want to get some for my team of assistants a few projects a year require me to have 5-7 people and I was thinking of getting them all one as we are in different locations, and thought it would be nice. So before spending around $500.00 on them I want to make sure they are quality as I can't have loud squeaking around some of the people we work with.

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