Water Carriers Buying Guide: How to shop for Collapsible Water Carriers

I know what you are probably thinking, “this is going to be a total bore and waste of time.” Hold your horses.  The water carriers especially on outdoor events should adhere to simplicity, utilitarian, peacock-bright colors to be easily spotted and unique designs. Furthermore, it should be environmentally responsible. Now let’s jump to the juicy parts, you might have realized that water carriers are ubiquitous basically available anywhere that sells outdoor gear or sell anything for that matter. Of course the primary function of a water carrier would be to hold water so anything that serves the purpose can be good. The question therefore is, is just good really good enough?

I believe you should have the privilege of benefiting from a bottle tailored specifically to your drinking style. Actually this is no privilege as you have earned it by virtue of being alive in the 21st century. Now I am here to guide you on how to choose the best water bottle. There major factor to consider from any manufactured collapsible water carrier is whether it offers convenience to transport and use water.


  1. Uses

Now you probably think am a dummy. Water carrier is for holding water until we decide otherwise right? You will therefore be thrilled by the kind of technology put in place just to better your drinking experience ranging from double walled stainless steel to baskets that capture leaves debris such that you can brew tea. The collapsible and fordable design of the water carriers make them handy for traveling. Therefore when I refer to use as a factor to consider I intend to communicate that you ought to buy a bottle depending on its intended primary use. It could be for travel, other outdoors or simply inside the house. The only excuse I would have for using a drinking water bottle inside the house is to avoid doing extra dishes, water glasses.

I have done a number of articles on outdoor activities and surprisingly the statement ‘it is stupid to sacrifice performance for style’ manages to pop up every time. For instance Bamboo Bottles may appear fancy with the internal straws and removable glass insert which is great for home use but when taken for a hike it is heavy thus inefficient. My advice is to always balance luxury with pack-ability during your outdoor adventures. Good thing the collapsible water carriers folds for easy transport and storage.

Performance water bottles out to be tough to survive through harsh conditions and abuses. While backpacking you must keep yourself hydrated thus water carriers with strap system to securely attach it to your backpack is greatly advised. Furthermore, purification system of the water carrier is another important consideration for back country use. Water carriers come in different volumes so it is prudent to select the one that is ideal for your purpose.

  1. Opening

There is nothing that annoys more than splashing water all over your face while just trying to drink. Get it right, there is no harm in splashing water allover yourself but it should never be unprecedented that’s all am saying. Do you plan to drink while trekking, which I highly encourage, then get check the opening. The opening determines how comfortably you drink water, how the water can be filtrated or purified. The opening is the doorway to how you love or hate the bottle.

A spout which is shaped as a cylinder with a ridge to grasp releases enough while sucking on it. Yes I most definitely mentioned sucking so make sure you catch a breath before using a spout. Water bottle nozzles are just straws attached on top of a bottle. They are very simple to use as to close they snap down and move up to open. Like spouts you may have to suck the water as they are bite valves. Spout and nozzles are excellent for minimizing water splash.

Now you fill sucking my water sucks. No worries yours is the screw-tops water bottles. They are multipurpose with varying opening size and their lid may be attached to the bottle using fabric. Some have lids that are not attached but I would highly recommend the ones the lids are attached for obvious reasons. Water spillage relatively reduce with the size of the opening. They are also great for water filtration.

  1. Weight

You remember the example I had above about bamboo water bottles’ weight being okay for home use but tough on backpacking. Yeah weight which is generally measured in ounces is a factor. Generally aluminum and stainless steel bottles weigh heavier in comparison to plastic. Although in my sincere observation the bottle weight is not a major concern to most users.

  1. Portability

I could bet my sanity that the person who first thought of collapsible folded water carrier was purely thinking of its portability especially when empty. I dare you to call me insane. Looking at the two images on the left and below, you will realize that different between portability of the water container and portability of water in the container. The first image makes it easy to carry water between places while the second allows you to actually transport the water container to use in different places or use in the best camp kitchen.   Most water carriers have either handles or straps.  If the collapsible water container is easy to fill and the portability is fine then you were meant for each other.

  1. Materials

Materials used to design a container determines its rigidity. Generally travelers prioritize portability thus pick lighter, collapsible water bottles unlike their hiking, backpacking and mountain cycling counterparts who love a more durable containers. Stainless steel water bottles are insulators thus keeping liquids cold or hot longer than plastic bottles. They are also BPA-free which is healthier. Aluminum water bottles are lighter that stainless steel despite being heavier than plastic. They may use epoxy or plastic resign lining to protect from aluminum leaching in the water. Like stainless steel most are now BPA-free.


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