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bstrege  
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04/28/2010 04:12PM
 
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?
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Johris  
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04/28/2010 04:19PM
 
There is a good post going in the General Discussion section currently Water Container


Currently for backpacking I use 1 liter Nalgenes and a 3 Liter Camel backs
fishguts  
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04/28/2010 04:46PM
 
We use the personal nalgene bottle our outfitter provides. Easy & light weight.


fishguts
Savage Voyageur  
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04/28/2010 05:51PM
 
One of the advantages of a canteen is that my Boy Scout canteen has a canvas cover. get the canvas wet and it has a cooling effect as the water evaporates.


"So many lakes, so little time."
butthead  
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04/28/2010 09:14PM
 
I use these, Camelbak


butthead


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Mongo65  
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04/28/2010 09:24PM
 
1 Liter Nalgene and a base camp filter.


Sit back, relax, have a home brew.
TriTodd  
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04/28/2010 10:21PM
 
Nalgene bottles are really nice. PBA free and never leak. Strong and hold a good amount of fluid.


Here is a link to remedy your canteen with the canvas covering, a Nalgene bottle fitted with a canvas cover. This is what I use... Nalgene canvas covering.


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Bannock  
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04/29/2010 10:55PM
 
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.


Bannock
gsfisher13  
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04/29/2010 11:29PM
 
I'm going to try one of these collapsable 96oz canteen. http://www.rei.com/product/626195. When portaging in and out I can empty it and fill it at camp.

old_salt  
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05/01/2010 12:33AM
 
I use a nalgene bottle, with a neoprene sleeve. The sleeve was found at Gander Mtn for about $10.
Jeriatric  
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05/01/2010 05:30AM
 
Two Nalgene bottles and a Base Camp Filter (group) or Platypus bottle (solo).


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Merganser  
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05/01/2010 08:12AM
 
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 like to put SplashGuards in mine.


"That sort of thing is my bag baby."
mogos  
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05/03/2010 07:43AM
 
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.
CanoeKev  
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05/03/2010 11:39AM
 
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.
Bannock  
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05/03/2010 04:00PM
 
CanoeKev, Good point. I use a nalgene for water and a pop bottle for Crystal Light.


BTW - Speaking of free containers, I use empty vitamin bottles for cooking oil and syrup.


Bannock
whiteh20  
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05/03/2010 07:03PM
 
Nalgene bottles for me. Different colored lids for each persons own bottle and a couple of extra thrown in for camp use.


"With an ax, you can build a life. With a stove, you can boil water. That is if nothing breaks and you don't run out of fuel." -Samuel Hearne
9th Bearded Infantry  
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05/03/2010 07:44PM
 
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.
Wolf0503  
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05/04/2010 11:21AM
 
Last trip I took 3-4 nalgenes with bottle belts. Cliped in to the front of my pack. 1-2 w/ water, one w/ jack, One w/ lemonade. Yummy
Calpaddler  
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05/05/2010 12:26AM
 
I like the 96 oz. REI soft naglene canteens... one for water, one for scotch.
dring  
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05/05/2010 11:25AM
 
I use a Nalgene bottle with a Firefly Lantern top. With this setup I get two for one. Anytime you get more than one use for an object it lightens the load.


Here is a link where I ordered my Firefly Lantern from


Firefly Lantern


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bstrege  
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05/05/2010 10:13PM
 
The firefly lantern is a great idea. Another thing for my wishlist...
bobapunk  
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05/08/2010 04:01PM
 
Leaving for my first trip in a week.


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
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