Say no to plastic bottles and opt for a functional, reusable alternative
From skiing, to hiking and everything in between, we need to stay hydrated. Ideally, we do so without topping off our landfills with disposable plastic bottles. Standard, reusable bottles work great for everyday use but we love products that add a little functionality to the mix. Here are a few bottles that will hold your water and then some.
Klean Kanteen — 20oz Insulated
From water to smoothies to iced coffee, this insulated bottle will keep it all cold for over twenty-four hours. The stainless steel body is available in 12, 16 or 20-ounce sizes and has an extra wide mouth allowing you to easily add ice before you head out, and ensuring easy cleaning once you get back. It comes with a leak-proof cap but once winter rolls around, you might want to trade that out for a café cap and sip hot coffee as you drive to the ski hill or skin through the backcountry. Coffee, soup or other hot beverages will stay warm for up to six hours.
Pros: Long-lasting hot or cold beverages.
Cons: Not dishwasher safe.
Price: $30 or $34 w/ 2 cap combo
CamelBak — All Clear
More than just a bottle, this water purification system utilizes a UV light to neutralize microbiologically contaminated water sources on the go. Fill from any tap, spigot, or stream (Pre Filter available to keep large particles out), hit the button and agitate for one minute. Voilà, clean water. The rechargeable batteries in the cap of this 0.75L bottle will get you about 80 cycles per charge and last for up to 10,000 cycles, after which it’s programmed to automatically cease operation. Great for backpacking and traveling abroad.
Pros: Clean water anywhere.
Cons: Less efficient in very cold conditions.
Price: $99 (+$15 for Pre Filter)
Vapur — Element
This “anti-bottle” is lightweight and constructed with three layers of durable plastic to stand up to the abuse you’ll undoubtedly put it through. The leak-proof flip top screws right into the body and also boasts a carabiner whose usability is two-fold. Use it to clip your refreshment to your pack or harness, and when you’re done simply roll the body up, stick it through the ‘biner and throw it in your pocket or pack. Throw it in the freezer for extra cold drinks and into the dishwasher when it’s time to clean up. Made in the USA, it’s available in 0.7L and 1L sizes and a portion of all sales benefit water related environmental causes through the Drops of Hope program.
Pros: Never carry around an empty bottle.
Cons: Won’t fit easily in your cup holder.
Price: $12 (0.7L) $14 (1L)
About the author:
Damian Quigley is an Irish-born immigrant who traveled to the US with hopes of one day becoming an editor for Freeskier. Having accomplished his dream, he spends his days testing gear and sipping champagne.