|Rating:||8.5 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.1 / 2.5|
|Versatility||2.0 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.0 / 2.5|
|Durability||2.4 / 2.5|
While there are a number of different manufacturers of water bottles, each with their own unique features, Nalgene really are the gold standard. So much so this is one of these products where you ask for a Nalgene rather than a water bottle.
The standard within the hiking and outdoor industry is 1 litre bottle but they also produce a range of sizes including a 1.5 litre size which if you’re hiking in hot conditions is a good option. These water bottles fit really well in the side pockets of just about any pack and in all honesty I’m not sure which came first. Did the pack manufacturers make packs to suit these bottles or did Nalgene make bottles to suit the packs? This could be the topic for a camp debate!
Water bottles can be split into two categories – narrow mouthed and wide mouthed – with these water bottles having a wide mouth. The advantage of a wide mouth water bottle is that it’s easy to fill including if you want to add ice to cool the water down. Having said that you do need to be careful with a wide mouth bottle – if you’re not careful you can pour water over yourself so for some, the narrow mouth bottles are a better option.
One advantage of water bottles, particularly Nalgene is that you can fill them with boiling water at the end of the day (see Nalgene Baby) and use it as a hot water bottle. In addition, you will have sterilised your water bottle for the next day.
This 1 litre Nalgene retails for AUD$29.95 RRP and while there are cheaper water bottles around, my oldest bottles are now over 17 years old so the quality of these bottles is going to mean the price will be forgotten many years down the track.
Now I must admit I have always been water bladder user finding that I drink more regularly from a drinking tube sitting close my mouth rather than having to pull a water bottle out of my pack. However, I do use a number of water bottles when I’m not hiking and anecdotally from what I see on the trail, most hikers tend to be bottle users.
You can purchase the Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottle 1000ML from Wild Earth
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AUD $29.95 RRP
Nalgene Water Bottle in pink (Cosmo)
This review was done with product provided by a retail store
Nalgene make a range of water bottle options