Best Water Bottles for Hiking – Read This Before You Buy

It’s easy to take your water bottle for granted. You probably bought it a long time ago and haven’t really given it a second thought because you take it with you everywhere. Your once beautiful, brand new water bottle you carefully picked out is probably all scratched up by now. Maybe even the strap is broken, yet you’re still hanging onto it. In this article, we’ll take the lid off the best water bottles for hiking. 

Many water bottles have filters that can kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Still, they won’t filter out heavy metals unless it also includes some type of purification system. 

The bottles recommended below have a combination of filters, water purification systems, and self-cleaning systems. Let’s take a look at some awesome water bottle options.

Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle

The Hydro Flask is a great all-around water bottle that has many uses. Since it’s made of stainless steel, it’s very durable and has some great features, as you can see listed below.

Features:

  • Bottle size: 32 oz (946ml).
  • It weighs in at 15.2 ounces (430 g), so it’s very lightweight.
  • Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps liquids piping hot for up to 6 hours or icy cold for up to 24 hours.
  • 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel will protect against flavor transfer.
  • The color last powder coating provides a slip-free grip.
  • BPA-Free.
  • It comes in an assortment of colors.
  • Limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.
Best Water Bottles for Hiking - Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth Water Bottle - Front View

PROS

Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Excellent insulation, keeping your beverages either cold or hot for long periods.
Sleek design.
Durable.

CONS

The lid can be difficult to close correctly, so leaks and spills have been reported.
Expensive. 

The insulation in the Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth water bottle has made this a popular bottle for a wide variety of outdoor activities.

Liquids stay hot or cold and retain their flavor. You also have the option of two different lids. The exterior matte finish makes gripping the bottle easier. It only has two parts making cleaning by hand a breeze. 

Platypus DuoLock SoftBottle Water Bottle

Next up is the Platypus SoftBottle, a soft, flexible bottle more akin to a bag than a bottle but still very functional.

Features:

  • Dual-locking cap to further protect against leaks.
  • BPA-free, BPS-free, and phthalate-free.
  • A Clip-gate handle for easy carry or enabling you to clip the bottle to the outside of your backpack.
  • It comes in assorted designs and colors.
  • Comes in 3 different sizes: 25 fl oz (0.75L), 34 fl oz (1.0L), 70 fl oz (2.0L).
Platypus DuoLock Collapsible Water Bottles
  • It weighs between 1.5 and 1.8 ounces (40-50 g), depending on size.
  • Made of soft nylon/polyethylene.
  • Suitable for freezing.
  • Limited warranty against manufacturer defects.

PROS

Lightweight.
Collapsible.
Ergonomic design allows for a secure grip.
The wide mouth opening allows for an easy filling as well as pouring.
Easy to clean; dishwasher safe (top rack only).

CONS

The bottle, once filled up, tends to tip easily. 

The Platypus bottle is the ideal choice for day hikes, traveling, camping, and backpacking adventures.

Because the Platypus SoftBottle water bottle is soft and flexible, it’s easy to pack or stow away when empty. You can put hot liquids in it, but it’s not recommended for scalding hot liquids.

Lifestraw Go Filter Bottle

The Lifestraw Go Filter Bottle is very versatile. It can be used for travel, camping, and other outdoor activities as well as everyday use.

Features:

  • Purchase includes a water bottle, cap with silicone mouthpiece, water filter, and a carabiner.
  • Protects against bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, Cholera, and other parasites.
  • Filters out chemicals such as chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, reducing odors and improving taste.
  • Made of hard plastic and is BPA-free.
  • It comes in 2 sizes: 22 fl. oz (0.65L) and 34 fl. oz (1L) and weighs respectively 7.84 oz (221 g) and 8.6 oz (245 g).
  • Replacement parts are available for additional purchase.
LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle - Front View
  • 3-year limited warranty.

PROS

Easy to use.
Lightweight.
Sturdy build.
Replaceable filters.
The carabiner makes the bottle easy to carry and clip onto your backpack for easy access.

CONS

It can only be used with water.
Some customers complained of leakage issues when the bottle is not in the upright position.

What makes the LifeStraw Go bottle more unique than others is the double filtration system, which together works to filter out over 99.999% of bacteria and parasites present in the water.

The water filter lasts up to 1,000 gallons (4,000L). The carbon filter lasts up to 26 gallons (100L) or up to 3 months, depending on use. The warranty does not include filters, which are covered under a separate warranty.

Sagan Life Journey Water Filter Bottle

The Sagan Life company is serious when it comes to water filtration. Their water bottles are essentially a portable water purification system. Qualified water laboratories have independently tested the filtration system, so it’s definitely a product you can trust.

Great for camping, hiking, backpacking, and everyday use.

Features:

  • It comes in 2 colors: orchid and blue.
  • Bottle size: 24 fl. oz (0.7L).
  • Filters out bacteria (such as E. coli), parasites (giardia and cryptosporidium), and viruses.
  • Reduces heavy metals (lead) and chemicals (such as fluoride, arsenic) in the water.
  • Can purify up to 250 gallons (946 liters) of contaminated water.
  • Meets EPA micro water purifier standards.
  • Made of BPA-free plastic.
Sagan Life Journey Water Purification Bottle - Font View
  • Flip-up silicone covered mouthpiece and lid.
  • Carry handle.
  • 100% money-back guarantee.

PROS

Easy to use.
Effective filtering system.
Compact design.
Replacement filter available.

CONS

The filter takes up a lot of space in the bottle.
Expensive.

The filter system is in the bottom half of the bottle. It can filter water from a stream, lake, or river or filter tap water. Excellent for use in places where the water supply is known to be contaminated, like Mexico and Africa. 

The company has made the lab test results available for download as a PDF on their website.

LARQ Water Bottle

The LARQ water bottle is a top of the line, award-winning water bottle. What makes this bottle more unique than others is that it is self-cleaning using UV-C LED technology. So no matter where your water comes from, simply press the button, and the UV technology zaps waterborne microbes out of the water.

Features:

  • Two sizes available: 17 oz (500 ml) and 25 ounces (740 ml).
  • Vacuum sealed.
  • Double insulated, keeping cold liquids cold up to 24 hours, and hot beverages stay hot for up to 12 hours.
  • 18/8 electropolished stainless steel with proprietary powder coating for a slip-free grip.
  • BPA and phthalates free.
  • Available in five colors: black, blue, pink, white, seaside mint.
  • 2 purification modes: Normal Mode and Adventure Mode.
  • Includes a USB to MicroUSB connector and Quick Start Guide.
  • The MicroUSB port is waterproof.
  • 1-year limited warranty.
Best Water Bottles for Hiking - LARQ Water Bottle - Front View

PROS

Little maintenance as the bottle is self-cleaning.
Sleek design.
UV-C LED technology removes over 99.99% of the bio-contaminants in the water.

CONS

Heavy.
Very expensive.

Aside from manually purifying your water, the bottle turns on every 2 hours for 10 seconds to purify not only the water inside but cleans the inside of the bottle at the same time. You won’t even hear it! Since it’s self-cleaning, you won’t have to wash it out as often.

Using UV-C light eliminates contaminants by destroying their DNA. The UV-C LED technology can remove up to 99% of bacteria, mold, and viruses using the Adventure Mode.

The bottle does not contain filters, so no dirt or sediment is removed. It also won’t filter out chlorine or fluoride, or other heavy metals that may be found in water sources.

It needs to be charged, but one charge can last up to a month, depending on usage.

The LARQ water bottle will work well with cold water but not with really hot water. The recommendation is to use cold to warm water only.

Final Thoughts

A decent water bottle is essential no matter what type of outdoor activities you prefer. The key to finding the perfect water bottle lies in how you’ll use it. 

But if you plan to spend a lot of money on a water bottle, it pays to buy one that can be used for many situations. These water bottles serve many purposes, so you are bound to find one to suit your needs.

So which one did you choose? If you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment below. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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4 thoughts on “Best Water Bottles for Hiking – Read This Before You Buy”

  1. I would like to buy a bottle, not for hiking but for the office or work activities outside the office. I really appreciate this article which presents the best water bottles for hiking.

    I didn’t know that all water bottles came with a water purification system. I think that the one that I use now doesn’t have it.

    Reply
    • Well, not all water bottles are created equal… If you need a water bottle for everyday use, your best option is the LARQ water bottle, which comes with a purification system and sleek design. However, it is the most expensive of the five.

      If you are going to use it for work purposes, you might not need to have a purification system since drinkable water is treated to remove bio-contaminants. In that case, a water bottle such as the Hydro Flask or the Life Straw Go water bottle are both great options.

      I hope it helps. If you need further assistance, let me know below.

      Reply
  2. Hello,

    After reading your interesting article, I started thinking I need to have a water bottle with a filter. You gave me a few options on what kind of bottles are best to use, and I appreciate that. I was using the regular bottle, but I was in a struggle with cleaning inside the bottle. As soon I clean the bottle, it becomes dirty inside again. I became tired of buying the new bottles again and again…

    I like the LARQ water bottle most because it cleans itself. Also, I like Lifestraw Go Filter Bottle, but I’m not too fond of the straw Idea. It needs to be cleaned somehow inside.

    Excellent post, useful suggestions on the water bottle.

    Thank you, your post came on-time spring is around the corner.

    Reply
    • I wouldn’t say I like cleaning water bottles also. I find it to be a tedious chore because of the narrow opening that many of them have. It is very challenging to clean the bottle thoroughly.

      I like the Hydro Flask Wide Mouth water bottle because it has a wide opening, making it easier to clean while on hiking trips. I also use the Hydro Flask bottle at home. However, I don’t bother to wash it manually. It goes into the dishwasher!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      Reply

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