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Best hiking water bottle 2022: stay hydrated in camp and on the trails

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The best hiking bottles are a durable solution to your hydration needs on the backcountry trails. Unlike many soft flasks and bladders, most hiking bottles don't alter the taste of their contents, making them much more palatable for the discerning adventurer.

Some of the best hiking bottles feature filters that protect against bacteria and microplastics, while others have insulating qualities and will maintain the temperature of your beverage. Crucially, all enable you to stay hydrated when exploring the great outdoors.

It should go without saying these days, but a quality water bottle is also great for the environment. Carrying one bottle around in your hiking backpack is much kinder to the planet than buying multiple plastic bottles. A quality bottle's durability means that you won't have to replace it for many years.

So, without further ado, let's get stuck into the best hiking bottles out there today, starting with an ingenious filter and soft bottle from Lifestraw.

The best hiking water bottle with inbuilt filtration

LifeStraw Peak Series Squeeze Bottle with Filter

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This all-in-one water bottle and filter takes all the head scratching out of purifying water in the wild and lets you get on with your hiking adventure

Specifications

Volume: 1L/32oz
Other available sizes: 650ml/23oz
Weight: 110g/3.9oz
Colors: Black

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Soft bottle compresses as you drink
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Two different drinking options
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Sleek design fits easily into backpack pockets
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Excellent quality

Reasons to avoid

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Slight plastic taste during first use
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Water will spill if lid isn’t screwed on

The Lifestraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Water Bottle with Filter comprises a soft water bottle with a Lifestraw membrane microfilter that inserts into the bottle with a drinking spout. This lightweight and easy-to-use combo takes all the hassle out of sourcing safe drinking water in the wild during fast and light adventures.

When you’re ready for a refill, you can unscrew the top, fill the bottle with water from a stream or lake, then drink directly through the filter and avoid bacteria, parasites, microplastics, silt and sand. You can also remove the filter from the bottle and drink directly from a stream, using the filter like a straw, or carry extra bottles and squeeze the water into them. The lightweight, sleek, cylindrical soft bottle design compresses as you drink and easily packs into your backpack pockets. Make sure you follow the instructions for regular maintenance of the filter to prolong the life of this high quality hydration system.

Read our full Lifestraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Water Bottle with Filter review

Brita Fill & Go Active 600ml (20oz)

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Brita Fill & Go Active 600ml (20oz)

Enjoy the purer taste of filtered water wherever you walk

Specifications

Volume: 600ml/20oz
Other available sizes: 1L/32oz
Weight: 170g/6oz
Colors: Fresh lime, Fresh blue, Fresh berry, Fresh purple

Reasons to buy

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Filtered water on tap
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Wide mouth opening 
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Competitive price

Reasons to avoid

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The cost of filters adds up

A microdisc filter in the lid of this German-designed bottle turns tap water into filtered water as you drink. It’s not a solution for backcountry water purification, but it can improve the taste of your tap H20. The pull-out mouth piece makes the bottle easy to operate with one hand, although you’ll need two hands if you decide to keep the protective cap in place. Each filter lasts for about four weeks, and a pack of six extra discs costs $20 (US) / £28.60 (UK) from Brita. A neck loop offers an alternative carrying option, and the lid and mouth piece dismantle for cleaning (it’s also dishwasher safe). The bottle is made from BPA-free plastic, and it’s squeezy to accelerate water flow.

Best hiking water bottles for general use

Yeti Rambler 26oz Bottle with Chug Cap

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As usual when it comes to durability, Yeti isn’t messing around with this sturdy piece of gear that’s easy to drink from and easy to clean

Specifications

Volume: 769ml/26oz
Other available sizes: 354ml/12oz, 532ml/18oz, 1,065ml / 36oz
Weight: 1.4lb/0.6kg
Colors: Many

Reasons to buy

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Basically bulletproof
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Convenient carrying handle
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Chug cap makes it easy to drink from
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Wide mouth makes it easy to clean
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Doesn’t hold the taste of your beverages for long
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Lid doesn’t leak

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy
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Bulky
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Pricey
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Doesn’t keep beverages hot overnight

Yeti’s reputation for building robust, practically bulletproof drinkware continues with the Rambler 20oz bottle with chug cap. Made with stainless steel, this double-wall vacuum water bottle keeps your drinks hot or cold, though we found it didn’t keep our tea hot overnight and prefer it for keeping beverages icy. The screw lid has a convenient carrying handle (though if you drop it, it probably won’t dent), and under the lid is a screw on plastic chug cap, which is basically a drinking spout which makes it easy to drink out of this without dumping water on your face.

When you want to fill it or clean it, just remove the chug cap and the wide mouth gives you plenty of access. It’s also dishwasher safe, which is a huge plus. It doesn’t sweat when it’s full of cold liquid, and doesn’t leak when it’s rolling around in your backpack.

This is a heavy and bulky piece of gear compared to other hiking water bottles, so we prefer it for car camping and picnics, and it doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re looking for something that will last a lifetime of adventures, this is your bottle.

Read our full Yeti Rambler 26oz Bottle with Chug Cap review

CamelBak Chute Mag 750ml

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CamelBak Chute Mag 750ml (25oz)

A tough bottle that keeps the mouthpiece clean when not in use

Specifications

Volume: 750ml/25oz
Other available sizes: 0.4L/12oz, 0.6L/20oz, 1L/32oz, 1.5L/40oz
Weight: 169g/6oz
Colors: Oxford, Spectra, Cardinal, Charcoal, Clear, Hunter, True Blue, Deep Magenta, Grapefruit, Lava and Lupine

Reasons to buy

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Magnetic cap stows away conveniently while drinking
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Wide mouth makes it easy to add ice cubes and clean bottle
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Carry handle 

Reasons to avoid

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Mouthpiece is a little fiddly for a deep clean

Designed for everyday use, the Chute has a robust handle on its lid for ease of carrying, which makes it simply to attach to a pack with a karabiner if you don’t want to store the bottle in a pocket. The bottle itself is a stiff (unsqueezable) plastic that is free from BPA, BPS and BPF, and comes in an impressively wide range of colours. When you do want to drink, the magnetic cap attaches to the side of the bottle, out of the way, and there’s a satisfying flow of water. Drink over it’s important to screw the cap back on fully to avoid leaks. After use the bottle can be cleaned in a dishwasher without the plastic becoming brittle. Dismantling the mouthpiece for a deep clean is a little fiddly, but rarely needs doing if you only drink water.

CamelBak Eddy+ 750ml (25oz) hiking water bottle

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CamelBak Eddy+ 750ml (25oz)

The sport spout on this bottle makes drinking on the fly easy

Specifications

Volume: 750ml/25oz
Other available sizes: 400ml/12oz, 600ml/20oz, 1L/32oz, 1.5L/40oz
Weight: 169g/6oz
Colors: Oxford, Spectra, Cardinal, Charcoal, Clear, Hunter, Deep Magenta, Dusty Lavender, Yellow, Lava and True Blue

Reasons to buy

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Flip-up bite valve
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Wide mouth makes it easy to add ice cubes and clean bottle
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Carry handle

Reasons to avoid

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Internal straw can be easy to lose

The Eddy+ uses the same bottle as the CamelBak Chute, but with a different top, making it easier to drink one-handed. Just flip up the bite valve with your teeth and tongue and take a drink. With the valve in the down position the bottle is leak-proof, and even with it open it’s spill-proof if you knock it over on the desk at work. Out on a walk it delivers a welcome, steady flow of water, graduated by how hard you draw on the valve – there’s no way to squeeze the bottle for a faster flow. It’s worth noting, however, that reviews on CamelBak’s own website moan that a newly-designed bite valve is proving less robust and reliable than the valve it replaced, and as with any exposed valve it’s liable to pick up dust and dirt from the trail and your pack.

Nalgene Wide Mouth 1-liter (32oz)

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Nalgene Wide Mouth 1-liter (32oz)

This bottle is a long-standing favourite of walkers and comes in a wide range of colours

Specifications

Volume: 1L/32oz
Other available sizes: 500ml/16oz, 1.5L/48oz
Weight: 177g/6.2oz
Colors: Aubergine, Blue, Cadet, Cerulean, Clear, Clementine, Cosmo, Glow Green, Grey, melon Ball, Olive, Orange, Pear, Pomegranate, Purple, Red, Seafoam, Spring Green, Trout Green, Surfer, Woodsman

Reasons to buy

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Extra-wide mouth makes it easy to add ice cubes and clean bottle
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BPA/BPS Free

Reasons to avoid

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The wide mouth can make drinking a messy affair!

If any plastic bottle can enjoy iconic status it’s the Nalgene Wide Mouth, which has become something of a design classic. Excellent longevity and a leak-proof construction have made it a favourite of walkers for years, while a kaleidoscopic choice of colours means there’s an option to suit whatever you wear or carry. The bottle itself is BPA- and BPS-free, doesn’t taint the taste of water, and is easy to clean, whether by hand or in the dishwasher. The volume scale along the side makes it straightforward to track how much you have drunk, while the wide mouth makes it easy to use as a useful storage capsule for other kit on flights, and for dunking a purification straw when drinking ‘wild’ water. Paying extra for the ‘Easy Sipper’ lid makes drinking directly from the bottle a tidier affair.

Hyrdo Flask 32oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

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A tough, insulated stainless steel bottle to keep your drinks cool on the trail

Specifications

Volume: 1L/32oz
Other available sizes: 591ml/20oz, 1182ml/40oz, 1892ml/64oz
Weight: 430g/15oz
Colors: Cobalt, Hibiscus, Sunflower, Black

Reasons to buy

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Robust stainless steel construction
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Insulated to keep cold drinks cool and hot drinks warm
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Wide mouth for convenience

Reasons to avoid

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Heavier than plastic bottles
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Relatively expensive

This stainless steel hiking water bottle is large enough to carry a whole day’s water on the trail, and its wide mouth makes it easy to refill along the way on hot days and easy to clean when you get home. Vacuum insulation keeps icy beverages cold for 24 hours without forming condensation, while your tea will stay hot for six to eight hours, and the stainless steel leaves no metallic taste and doesn’t hold onto the taste of juice, coffee and sports drinks.

The screw-on lid comes with a convenient carrying handle, making it easier to tote around with you when you’re on the go, which is a good thing because this bottle is bulky and heavy when full. It’s one of the pricier water bottles out there, but great for those of you who like having a veritable reservoir on hand on the trails or at your desk.

Read our full Hydro Flask 32oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle review

Sigg Traveller Water Bottle 600ml (20oz)

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The seemingly indestructible bottle for backpacking expeditions

Specifications

Volume: 600ml/20oz
Other available sizes: 1-liter/32oz, 1.5-liter/40oz
Weight: 108g/3.8oz
Colors: Smoked pearl, Deep magenta, Dark Blue, Black, Red, White, Alu, Mustard

Reasons to buy

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Virtually indestructible bottle
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BPA Free 
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Easy to drink from narrow mouth

Reasons to avoid

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Narrow mouth is harder to fill and clean

Drop it, bash it, drive over it… every scratch, dent and ding only seems to enhance the everlasting appeal of the classic Sigg water bottle. There’s even one on display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The aluminium bottle is light and utterly secure – you can even fill it with fizzy drinks and they won’t bubble out. The interior lining in no way taints the taste of water, and the finger-space lid makes it easy to carry or hang off a pack. It is, however, a two-handed business to unscrew the cap, and experience suggests that cap and bottle are easily separated in busy kitchens. An alternative ‘Active Spout’ is available for walkers who want to drink on the go. The only issue is cleaning the bottle, especially if you fill it with a sugary drink, although Sigg does sell Bottle Clean tablets.

Read our full Sigg Traveller 600ml/20oz review

Sigg Water Bottle Total Clear

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Sigg Water Bottle Total Clear

A glass-like plastic bottle that’s great for the office or trail

Specifications

Volume: 500ml/17oz
Other available sizes: 750ml/25oz
Weight: 132g/4.65oz
Colors: Anthracite, Blue, Berry, Red, Green

Reasons to buy

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Single-handed use
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Wide mouth opening 
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Easy to drink from narrow mouth

Reasons to avoid

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Limited choice of sizes

As at home on the trail, desk or in the gym, the Sigg Total Clear is every inch the modern water bottle. It may offer one-handed opening, handy for drinking on the go, but its spout uses a smart belt and braces approach to avoid leaks. A thumb press releases a catch, which in turn releases the drinking spout, so there should be no chance of inadvertent spillages. The bottle is made from neutral-tasting, BPA-free plastic, it’s dishwasher safe, and its wide mouth makes it easy to fill (including with ice cubes) and to clean. The top also acts as an effective hook – carry the bottle with a couple of fingers on the trail, or karabiner it to your rucksack.

Lifeventure Tritan 650ml (22oz)

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Lifeventure Tritan 650ml (22oz)

A great value bottle with a little extra volume

Specifications

Volume: 650ml/22oz
Other available sizes: 750ml/25oz
Weight: 126g/4.4oz
Colors: Blue, Graphite, Green, Pink

Reasons to buy

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Easy-to-use flip-top mouth piece
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Wide mouth opening 
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Competitive price

Reasons to avoid

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Take care when cleaning not to lose small lid seal
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Hand wash only

The Tritan in the Lifeventure’s name refers to the top-of-the-range Tritan plastic used in its construction. It’s the same impact-resistant, taint- and odour-resistant material used by most of the premium bottle manufacturers, and comes at a great price from Lifeventure. The outside of the bottle has a tactile, rubberised finish, so it shouldn’t slip through sweaty hands, and the flip-top cover over the spout makes one-handed use easy, before clicking back in place to create a leak-proof seal. A volume calibration scale up the side helps you track how much you have drunk or how much to dilute energy powders, and the 650ml capacity offers a useful 30% extra volume over half-liter bottles while fitting easily into the same rucksack pockets.

CamelBak Podium Ice

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CamelBak Podium Ice

Keep your drink cooler with this insulated bottle

Specifications

Volume: 620ml/21oz
Other available sizes: none
Weight: 152g/5.4oz
Colors: Fiery red, Black, Lake blue

Reasons to buy

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Keeps drinks cold 
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Lock-out spout
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Free of BPA, BPS and BPF

Reasons to avoid

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Just one size
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No cover on the spout

Designed primarily to fit in a bottle cage on a bicycle, this gel-insulated bottle also slips just as neatly into the side pockets of most backpacks. It’s effective at keeping water chilled for much longer than a standard bottle (CamelBak claims up to four times as long), and delivers an excellent flow rate through the spout (boosted by squeezing the bottle). The spout twists to seal, preventing leaks, and single-handed use is very easy, although with no cover over the mouth piece it is vulnerable to fluff and muck from your pack. After use the wide top makes it easy to clean; we’ve been using one for three years and it still performs faultlessly.

Klean Kanteen Insulated Reflect 600ml (20oz)

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Klean Kanteen Insulated Reflect 600ml (20oz)

Keep your drink iced with this insulated bottle

Specifications

Volume: 600ml/20oz
Other available sizes: 800ml/27oz
Weight: 369g/13oz
Color: Silver

Reasons to buy

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No paint, ink or plastic  
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Keeps drinks cold for 20 hours and iced for 40 hours
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Compatible with other lids

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy

Sling the Klean Kanteen into the freezer the night before an expedition and you can enjoy an iced drink the following evening when you pitch camp. Did anyone say G&T? Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps liquids cold for 20 hours and iced for 40 hours, so your drink will be refreshingly chilled no matter how high the mercury rises. Just three ‘ingredients’ go into the bottle – stainless steel, bamboo and food-grade silicone – so it should outlast most rivals, and continue delivering taint-free drinks for a hiking lifetime. With no paint, plastic or coating it’s also environmentally friendly. The bamboo cap looks attractive, but it would be more practical to upgrade to a compatible Sport Cap (£5.95/$6.95) with spout for drinking on the go.

Best hiking water bottle comparison table
BottleRRPWeightOther available sizes
Lifestraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Water Bottle with Filter$37.95 (US) / £44.00 (UK)110 g / 3.9oz650ml / 23oz
Brita Fill & Go Active 600ml (20oz)$25.49 (US) / £13.20 (UK)170g / 6oz1-liter/32oz
Yeti Rambler 26oz Bottle with Chug Cap$40 / £40 1.4lbs / 0.6kg354mk/12oz, 532ml/18oz, 1065ml/36oz
CamelBak Chute Mag 750ml (25oz)$14 (US) / £16 (UK)169g/6oz0.4-liter/12oz, 0.6-liter/20oz, 1-liter/32oz, 1.5-liter/40oz
CamelBak Eddy+ 750ml (25oz)$14 (US) / £18 (UK)169g/6oz400ml/12oz, 600ml/20oz, 1-liter/32oz, 1.5-liter/40oz
Nalgene Wide Mouth 1-liter (32oz)$12 (US) / £14 (UK)177g/6.2oz500ml/16oz, 1.5-lifer/48oz
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth 1-liter (32oz)$45 (US) / £38 (UK)430g/15oz591ml/20oz, 1182ml/40oz, 1892ml/64oz
Sigg Traveller Water Bottle 600ml (20oz)$23 (US) / £16 (UK)108g/3.8oz1-liter/32oz, 1.5-liter/40oz
Sigg Water Bottle Total Clear (750ml/17oz)$11.63 (US) / £14 (UK)132g/4.65oz750ml/25oz
Lifeventure Tritan 650ml/22oz)$9.52 (US) / £10 (UK)126g/4.4oz750ml/25oz
CamelBak Podium Ice (620ml/21oz)$25 (US) / £23 (UK)152g/5.4oz620ml/21oz
Klean Kanteen Insulated Reflect 600ml (20oz)$41 (US) / £38 (UK)369g/13oz800ml/27oz

How to choose a water bottle

Volume

It may sound daft, but how much liquid a bottle can hold is really important. Viewed in isolation bottles all tend to look a similar size, but there is a significant difference between 0.5-, 0.75- and 1-liter volumes. The smaller bottles are easy to use one-handed and slip easily into the side pockets of a rucksack, while bigger bottles allow for longer adventures.

Material

Stainless steel bottles should last forever, even if you have to replace lost or damaged caps. But they are a bit heavier and they will rattle terribly in a cage on a bike. Plastic bottles have amazing longevity these days, impart no taint or flavour to the drink, and are light and easy to handle.

Lid

A wide mouth makes it much easier to fill a bottle with ice cubes, and means an insulated bottle can also be used as a canister for hot food. Narrower tops are neater for drinking. Most bottle manufacturers offer a range of different lids for the same bottle – screw top, pop-up spout, straw etc.

BPA etc

There’s a growing awareness that some plastics contain chemical components that are best to avoid for health reasons. Most premium plastic bottles are free of BPA, BPS and BPF (bisphenol A, S and F), but it’s worth checking the label.

Insulated

Chilled drinks taste like nectar on a scorching day, but there are other ways to make water more palatable (hydration tablets, squash, fresh fruit) if you don’t want the extra bulk and cost of the insulation.

Cleaning

Wide mouth water bottles are much easier to clean, which is a particular benefit if you prefer sugared drinks. Bottles with narrower bottle tops may need a special brush to clean the bottom. Alternatively, a number of bottle manufacturers also make cleaning tablets that will give bottles a more thorough clean.

After spending a decade as editor of Country Walking, the UK’s biggest-selling walking magazine, Jonathan moved to edit Outdoor Fitness magazine, adding adrenaline to his adventures and expeditions. He has hiked stages or completed all of the UK's national trails, but was once overtaken by three Smurfs, a cross-dressing Little Bo Peep, and a pair of Teletubbies on an ascent of Snowdon. (Turns out they were soldiers on a fundraising mission.)

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