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Posted: 8/4/2005 5:51:52 AM EDT
What are the best nalgene bottles to get? Are darker bottles better (to prevent light), etc?

What is the best source for them?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 10:52:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 11:58:36 AM EDT
i prefer the 32 oz one with the small mouth for drinking from, the standard/large one will spill all over you if you're moving while drinking from it. i have different bottles for different needs.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 11:59:48 AM EDT
Just get the Nalgene brand ones, Nalge Nunc makes a good product.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 2:18:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By G_MAN:
i prefer the 32 oz one with the small mouth for drinking from, the standard/large one will spill all over you if you're moving while drinking from it. i have different bottles for different needs.



EMS, REI and others now produce a mouthpiece insert so you don't spill your water while drinking. So if you want to ever go the the widemouth, look at picking one of these up.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 3:03:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zmeja:

Originally Posted By G_MAN:
i prefer the 32 oz one with the small mouth for drinking from, the standard/large one will spill all over you if you're moving while drinking from it. i have different bottles for different needs.



EMS, REI and others now produce a mouthpiece insert so you don't spill your water while drinking. So if you want to ever go the the widemouth, look at picking one of these up.



i have one of the inserts i use in my widemouths and it works great, but i think it cost $2.95 at Big 5. rather buy another bottle with a small mouth.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:47:03 PM EDT
The widemouth ones actually made by Nalgene Co. will definitely fit the water filters, extra caps, CamelBak-type hoses etc. that are designed for them.

The Lexan bottles are better at not absorbing smell/taste, but IIRC don't do as well at extreme cold. The Nalgene "nalgene" softer plastic ones are lighter, and some are soft enough to squeeze.

Darker color will absorb heat better if you ever have to melt ice/snow in it.

I've gotten a few from REI, and random ones from places I've visited.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 7:57:51 AM EDT
Sierra Trading Post has them from time to time.

STP
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 8:35:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2005 9:54:05 AM EDT by thompsondd]
Thanks to everyone who replied. I found some really good suggestions.

I wound up ordering two of these:



AND two of (one of these, I don't remember which one now!!) these:



or

Link Posted: 8/6/2005 8:59:12 AM EDT
where'd you order 'em from??
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 9:16:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SlimHazy:
The widemouth ones actually made by Nalgene Co. will definitely fit the water filters, extra caps, CamelBak-type hoses etc. that are designed for them.

The Lexan bottles are better at not absorbing smell/taste, but IIRC don't do as well at extreme cold. The Nalgene "nalgene" softer plastic ones are lighter, and some are soft enough to squeeze.

Darker color will absorb heat better if you ever have to melt ice/snow in it.

I've gotten a few from REI, and random ones from places I've visited.



+1

My MSR water filter screws right on.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 11:56:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FightingHellfish:

My MSR water filter screws right on.



Which MSR filer do you use?
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 11:56:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Howie_Kaluha:
where'd you order 'em from??



REI

Link Posted: 8/6/2005 7:39:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thompsondd:

Originally Posted By FightingHellfish:

My MSR water filter screws right on.



Which MSR filer do you use?



I've had it a couple years, but I think it is called "waterworks".
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 8:54:44 PM EDT
SO, um, at the risk of sounding stupid, what is the great obsession people have with Naglene bottles? What does it do so much better than your standard 1 liter canteen?
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:28:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2005 9:44:07 PM EDT by SlimHazy]
I think the"obsession" with Nalgene bottles is just the latest trendy thing. That said, I've used them for 15 years for several reasons:


-Lexan ones don't absorb taste or smell, and rinse clean easily
-don't leak
-Graduated on the side so you can measure liquid in/out
-wide mouth for easy cleaning and pouring in powder mixes
-virtually indestructable
-cheap compared to (civilian) canteens
-lightweight
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:44:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/9/2005 10:21:52 AM EDT by Mike_Mills]
Minor technical note -

Nalgene is a brand name not a material. The Nalgene bottles I like are are high density polyethylene; a translucent white plastic that is relatively soft and has an almost waxy feel.

Lexan botlles are transparent and come in many, many colors, hence the trendiness. Lexan is a brand name for what I believe is an acrylic or polycarbonate plastic.

I prefer the Nalgene HDPE bottles. I have several that have been in use for over twenty years. They do stiffen a bit when cold but remain flexible enough so they do not fracture. They don't absorb odors. They clean up very well. That's why I like them.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 8:10:44 AM EDT
Target has Eddie Bauer Lexan bottles
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 8:43:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/9/2005 8:43:49 AM EDT by AggiePhil]
I like the Lightfighter Nalgene bottles with the American flag on them.

www.lightfighter.com/istar.asp?a=6&id=LF-004!095&csurl=/istar.asp?a%3D3%26dept%3DLIGHTS
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