QUICK GUIDE TO CHOOSING A WATER BOTTLE
On the surface, your water bottle is a standard everyday item. But with modern brands offering additional features and complex purpose-based technology, even finding a vessel for hydration can become a difficult operation. No matter what activity or sport you are doing, you can guarantee there will be a water bottle manufactured specifically for it. Here is a breakdown of what to look for in your water vessel.
DECIDE ON WHEN YOU WILL USE IT
If you are running, hiking or backpacking, using it for hot beverages or for cold refreshing drinks, you need a bottle fit for purpose. Water bottles specifically made for running will be slimmer than those required for hiking, which will likely hold more volume to last the whole day out in the bush. They are also intricately designed to fit in different spaces. The running bottles tend to fit neatly into the palm of your hand, while hiking bottles will be designed to fit in the side pocket of a day bag or a Camel pack can be easily fit in a backpack and accessed without opening the bag.
Depending on your activity you will need to select a size. The recommended daily water guidelines for men and women are 3 litres and 2.2 litres respectively. Therefore, if you are planning on bringing enough water to last the whole hike for the day, you will want a water bottle which can hold a little more, maybe a litre or more. If you are running, around 4-6oz every 20 minutes should be sufficient. These considerations should factor into your decision when choosing the water bottle for you.
Depending on your chosen activity, the ease of access and the nozzle will be important fixtures. For running, biking or other active activities you might find yourself needing a nozzle which can be used during intense exercise without throwing the contents of the water bottle all over you. Similarly, for walking, you may want something like a Camel pack which can keep you hydrated without breaking stride.
THE MATERIAL OPTIONS
Good water bottles come in a range of materials, suitable for different conditions and transporting different beverages. For active and intense sports, a durable plastic bottle provides a lightweight vessel which is easily accessed and long lasting. With plastic bottles, it is often worth investing in a more expensive brand. Some plastics contain bisphenol-A, which can leak into the water and cause cancer. Look for a bottle which is labelled BPA free.
For transporting hot beverages, or cold beverages which require being kept cool for long periods of time, consider investing in a stainless-steel canister. These are usually heavier than plastic vessels and therefore aren’t so well suited to action sports. The dual wall design gives these bottles more insulation than simple plastic bottles and is much better suited for hiking picnics when you might want something a little more flavoursome than water.
Getting the right water bottle for your outdoor needs can be a real advantage on the trails or in the race. Make sure you stay hydrated with the right water bottle to suit.
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