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Backpacking Tips: Water Storage

A rundown of some different options for water storage in the backcountry. For those of you concerned about BPA: Smart Water bottles should not contain BPA. They are a type 01 plastic whereas type 07 plastics are the ones known to contain BPA.
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  1. Jeff Weissman

    The Gatorade wide mouth bottle is for using as a urinal. I carry one even car camping, leave it in my tent and when I need to pee and its cold, I dont even get out of my sleeping bag.

  2. Zubin Kenkare

    The one quart (.94 liters) Gatorade bottles are kind of "bullet proof." Also, if you look at the cap, it has a rubber gasket that works like an O-ring to prevent leeks. If you have the option, drink the Gatorade prior to your trip, and wash the bottle out (the Gatorade flavor tends to stick around for about four refills of water). These are pretty light and cheap.

  3. velia garcia

    Great info, 1,000 thanks, it got me thinking now which bottles I need.

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  5. bing bong

    what about the bpa factor?

  6. hidden75

    Only thing you didn't mention, the smart water bottle flip caps also work perfectly for back flushing the squeeze. No need to carry the syringe.

  7. Mike Dent

    Check out the Pack Strap by CVO Gear for carrying a water bottle on a backpack waist belt…….


  8. G “Jerry” Henrickson

    Wow is this video "spot-on!". Thanks for spreading the word.

  9. Roaming Gnome

    I like the smart bottles but 1lt with a flip cap weights 1.47 ounces without the decal. I'm still searching for a lighter alternative.

  10. Kevin Do

    Good video! I still use my platy soft bottles but invert them when putting them in a mesh pocket. Snag less!

  11. Ed Catt

    The thing I like about soft bottles is that as they empty out, you gain a bit more space as their sizes diminish, which you can't get with rigid bottles. With rigid bottles you may loose the water weight, but you have all that unusable empty space inside taking up room. I mainly do bike packing now days, and I go as minimal as is consistent with safety, so with soft bottles they just conform and morph to the confines of my frame bags way better; and the Platypus soft bottles are very tough and durable and resistant to punctures. Plus, with a larger water bladder, I can thread the drinking tube out the front end of my main frame bag and sip water as I ride. (And Platypus soft bottles are not made with BPA as, I think, Nalgene bottles are, or were.) But I've gained a lot of helpful tips and ideas for carrying gear on outings from your backpacking experiences. Backpacking, bikepacking, their cousins. Thanks!

  12. Matt Thompson

    Hey Joe.. how did you carry your water through the desert section on pct? Did you just carry multiple 1 liter water bottles?

  13. reconyourface

    SmartWater is good also b/c it fits a bottle of wine perfectly.

  14. DA H

    Great video. Thanks.

  15. Michael Burgess

    I don't know if it is in one of the comments below but you didn't mention it in the video. Another reason for using a smart water bottle, soda bottle, etc. instead of a bladder in the backpack is that you always know how much water you have left or ought to anyway.  With the water bladder in the pack it always seemed to me it was a guessing game as to how much water was left in the bladder.  Nothing like rationing your water only to find out at the next stop that you still have almost a full liter left, or even better, that sucking sound of air in your line as your bladder runs out 2 miles from the next water source in 90+ temps.  Another disadvantage to the water bladders is that you need to practically empty your pack to put one in after refilling it. No need for that with actual bottles. I keep one or two on the outside pockets and, if needed, extras inside near the top of my pack next to my back.  Easy enough to get them in and out for use or refilling, much quicker than a water bladder.

  16. JustSimplyBrandon

    You should've gotten an Osprey Manta.

  17. dematson

    I am a "bottle man" myself. Bladders are inside the pack and can leak!. I always have two bottles in case I drop one over a cliff or lose one in a stream. I like the Katadyn MyBottle Microfilter which is fast water replacement on the go in the Sierra Nevada. I wear it on my pack chest strap in a velcro holder. I also have pills for backup and a nalgene bottle as my second bottle. I like the wide mouth and that fact that they are indestructible. I never carry more water than I need and maps are a good way to anticipate where the next water source will be except in the fall when some streams are dried up.

  18. John Price

    I've always used a bladder and Nalgene. Keep trail mix in a wide mouth. I've never been able to tell where the little extra added weight has ever bothered me. Just something I've never understood with this argument about water bottles vs Nalgene. Thanks for the vid.

  19. carbonfiberbutterfly

    Great vid. Love the convenience of bladders but the space that they take up inside my pack is atrocious. I hike an Osprey AG 65 (believe me, I am looking into ultra light packs) and the bladder significantly impedes full storage. Used the water bottle idea on my last day hike to test it out, thumbs up!