I have always used a canteen, but now I'm considering other options. What would be some of the advantages/disadvantages of canteens, bota bags, nalgene bottles, etc.? I started thinking about this because the canteens always bounce awkwardly around when I'm portaging. I was thinking a bota bag might be more comfortable to carry. What does everyone else do?
I normally take two nalgenes, but sometimes I'll take a couple empty pop bottles. I like the wide mouth of the nalgenes and my water filter has a filling attachment that fits the nalgene. The nalgenes fit in a holster or side pack pocket.
One pack I have, the side pockets are too small for nalgene bottles so I use 24 oz pop bottles instead plus one nalgene in a holster.
I take two wide mouth Nalgene bottles per person. We use Bottle Belts on ours. I clip mine to my GG thwart bag, which in turn I clip to the front of my shoulder straps. Handy on th trail and any swinging about is not a problem.
i agree that nalgene bottles are the easiest and most versatile containers. not only are they good for water, but they can be useful for food storage (especially good for crushables), supplies, etc.
i have always hated the un-canteenness of nalgene bottles that does not give them an easy way to be toted about (a carabiner on the lid loop allows too much swing for me). so i really like this bottle carrier. it provides a secure and adjustable fit that allows you to sling your bottle for a jaunt in the woods or across a portage with the canoe.
We use soda bottles, usually 2 liter. They have many advantages over nalgene. They are free, they are nearly indestructible (ever seen one break?), they are the perfect size to mix one packet of Crystal Lite, and after the trip there is no need to clean -- just dispose. I also find the smaller opening easier to drink from. We attach a loop cord to the top for carrying purposes using a bottle knot. Try it. It won't cost you anything.
3 nalgenes for me. 1 for water, 1 for booze and 1 for leaches. The leach bottle has the top quarter drilled out with tiny holes big enough to let water in yet small enough to keep them from sliding out. Next trip I will have a strip of duct tape around it for traveling days as getting leach water spilled on me throughout portages was a PITA.
I am planning on bringing a GI canteen w/ canteen cup in a Maxpedition Canteen pouch http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/1-QT-USGI-CANTEEN-POUCH-7p999.htm and a one liter Kleen Kanteen in a Maxpedition 12" x 5" bottle holder http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/12-x-5-Bottle-Holder-7p568.htm