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Is it just me or does anyone else cringe when they see the selection of water containers in the camping and hiking section of Walmart or Academy? Almost 90% of them have one of those "convenient spouts" that either flip up or pull out with countless corners and places for bacteria to grow and cannot be completely washed at all. I have two 1/2 liter bottles that fit onto a fanny pack I have for short hikes but I wanted a small one just big enough to wash down my lunch or take a pill and after looking at the line-up I just bought a 10 oz bottle of apple juice, drank it, washed out the bottle and kept it for that purpose. It was the only one that wasn't a bacteria nest and cost less then any of the others not to mention it came with 10 oz of juice at no extra charge. Anyone else think the new "convenient lid" containers are worse then a washed out juice bottle?

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Depending on the hike, I carry two 1 liter stainless steel bottles with stainless stoppers with silicone o-rings. If needed I can boil water in them.

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i have a lot of different containers i use.
the one i've had the problems with are the
bota bag type containers and the camelback type.
they're not sanitizing friendly at all.
i have used supposedly disposable drink bottles
and jugs for temporary water containers only
if i had used the contents myself from new.
i won't use a used container from unknown.
a friend bought a used milsurp jug and used
it one bowhunting trip and ended up extremely
sick with vomiting and diarrhea from using the
jug even though he'd thoroughly washed it.
and i totally agree with the "sport spout" bottles
not being sanitizing friendly. they do make a
small nalgene bottle that will fit in the pocket
of any pants or vest. i use one daily and it rides
in the truck cupholder fine.

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I don't like the sound of sloshing water when I'm hiking or hunting, so I only use collapsible water containers, I've had a polyethylene bota for well over 20yrs, I like it best, it will collapse enough to keep the water quiet. I have a couple collapsible canteens as well, I like bite valves myself for the opening, also have a Camelbak, but have never needed that much water, so it's only about half full when I've use it, water ain't light! :-\

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Well my water containers now consist of a 1 liter NRA bottle I've had for decades, two 1/2 liter bottles mentioned earlier, and 8 oz plastic "flask" that works for hunting trips and now a 10 oz apple juice bottle. All with solid screw on tops. The they are all sprayed with disinfectant, washed, rinsed then a last rinse of super hot or boiling water. I'm sure they get some contamination before use. The smaller flask and 10 oz stops the sloshing since you usually just drink all of it.

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sloshing isn't an issue for me because
the deer around here can hear anyone
walking around, and once i settle into
a spot there won't be any sloshing. on
a campout or hike it's not an issue for
me. i do have collapsible military canteens
if i ever need to be stealthy. ( like when
the brigands are looking for me at TEOTWAWKI )

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The dislike of the sloshing isn't about animals hearing it, it's about me NOT hearing it and hearing the game and other critters I like to see or hear before they know I'm around, I don't like to walk thru the woods sounding like a hardware store either, whether I'm hunting or just on a walk bird watching..... which is what 90% of my hunting usually turns into. ;D

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I know the feeling Tim. I quess that's why I like hiking the trails in the Kisatchie Wilderness area. The only weapon I carry is a small SD pistol under an un-tucked shirt which is odd since I've only passed anyone out there about 3 times and they were the nicest people in the world.

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I use several nalgene bottles. Every time i have my back pack on whether its going to a gun show or the woods i have a 1qt one of their bottles in the main compartment. Never had one leak either, their lids seal very well. I usually keep one in the fridge also for a quick shot of cold water.
I do have a camelback but so far i have only used it on a fishing trip, if you do not want to spend a ton on one of those look for a usmc surplus one.
I paid about $17 for the pack part brand new on ebay and the 3 liter water bag part was $13 on amazon shipped for a new one of the exact model they designed it for. I did add a detachable mouthpiece on the end for making cleaning easier, now it can be flushed out quickly.
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A quick rinse with a little bleach water is all that's needed.

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