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Lexan Water Bottle


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Lexan Water Bottle

Manufacturer: Nalgene

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 - 25 Votes


Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Feb 4, 2003 / Feb 4, 2003

Object ID: 9331

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Grey LEXAN, Round, Loop-Top

Made of super-tough Lexan, with an attached loop-top cap that won't come loose. Dishwasher safe (top rack). Withstands temperatures from -135ºC (-211ºF) to135ºC (275ºF).

Made with Lexan
Extremely durable
Resistant to staining
Resistant to retaining odors
Recommended for "extreme" adventures
Dishwasher Safe (top rack only)
Withstands temperatures from -135ºC (-211ºF) to 135ºC (275ºF)


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Alan EllisUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Tough bottle. Even with a hydration bladder, I still carry one to mix stuff, i.e, Gatorade. It's good for a quick dip in the runoff and keeping in the tent at night for a drink. With water treatment, the fill indicator lines determine amount for treatment. This thing will probably outlast me. Who doesn't have a Nalgene bottle?
Posted Feb 4, 2003 5:29 pm

William MarlerUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

John S. mentioned that they cost 20$ Canadian. I don’t know where you shop but stop going there. I get them at La Cordée for about 5$ Canadian. I am sure the Mountain COOP they are the same price. Standard allpurpose bottle. Used them exclusively for years. Wide mouth accepts my water filter well. A notch above the previous soft plastic version as far as taste. They are not as durable though. I have cracked a few on slipups. Fit well on either side of my pack in available pockets. Its hard to write a review on somthing that is standard equipement such as this. Very usefull
Posted Feb 6, 2003 9:56 am

DeanUntitled Review

Voted 3/5

Why only 3 stars? They are heavy, that's why. Quality wise, they are the Cadillac of water bottles but I don't like the fact that they weigh so much as compared to a simple 32 oz empty Dr. Pepper bottle. The soft drink bottles are the right price and very light. I carry a couple of them and I haven't had one break on me yet. When I get home from a trip, I can simply chuck them into the garbage and have fresh ones ready for the next trip out. One trick I like, use duct tape to wrap around the pop bottle and you can fashion a rig that'll hook into your belt or shoulder strap.

BTW, I have three of these nalgen lexan water bottles and I'm sold on the simple pop containers or gatorade containers that will do the job. I'm sure there will be those who totally disagree, but hey, that's ok.
Posted Feb 7, 2003 9:24 pm

labangUntitled Review

Voted 3/5

The classic american water bottle.

Pros: doesn't retain flavors a lot, wide mouth fits most water filters, handles boiling water very well, durable, attached lid

Cons: heavy, wide-mouth makes spills easy, lid can break off, lid gets stuck when frozen

These are great, especially when you fill it with hot water and use it as a hot water bottle. Also try putting your flashlight in a colored bottle (like orange) and it makes a nice substitute for a campfire. But alas, they weigh a lot and I don't like carrying almost a pound in water bottles alone!
Posted Mar 17, 2003 5:04 pm

Bryan WUntitled Review

Voted 3/5

These bottles are just OK. I don't see why people prefer them to say a Pepsi or Gatorade bottle. Same goes for your typical water bottle that is found on a mountain bike. Oh well, they do just fine. They are a little wider so you don't have as many options as far as places to put them. The cargo pockets on my pack are not big enough for these. Someone told me that you can actually boil water in these. I would like to see or hear from somebody that has. I am not brave enough to try with an $8 water bottle.
Posted Jun 7, 2003 10:17 pm

JScolesUntitled Review

Voted 2/5

It’s a water bottle for yuppie poser hikers who have to have the best out there. Running at close to 20$ bucks Canadian for one of these things, I think I’m better off spending my money on a few slings or a pair of quick-draws.

The two I have I found along the trails in the Dacks, note that its high price does not make it harder to loose. It is mostly indestructible and will last a while but for 20$ bucks I could get 10 cheap bottles filled with gator-aid and the bottle will last just as long.

Anyway, It does make a good holder for my friend’s Western Mountaineering Beothuk sleeping bag but since I do not have one of those, I only use it as a water bottle.

I guess if you got the money to spend why not. I just think you get nothing extra for it except a tough bottle.

Posted Jun 11, 2003 5:22 am

Martin CashUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Nalgenes are for cold weather alpine climbing. Who cares if some coke bottle works better for hiking when it's 90 degrees out. The only product that will not bust when it's frozen solid is a lexan water bottle. Coke bottles don't even fit inside water bottle parkas. How are you going to rehydrate yourself on the descent if your water leaks out the holes made by the expanding ice.

Yes, there are much better options for warm weather hiking out there including Camelbacks. Nalgenes are for alpine climbing.

Nalgenes are great. I've abused the heck out of my 2, no problem. Frozen them solid with no breaks. Good product.
Posted Jun 11, 2003 1:30 pm

vertxUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

For cold weather, there is no other bottle, period. In warm weather there are a lot of choices that work as well or better.
Posted Oct 1, 2003 3:14 pm

scottfromcaliUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Its a water container, how much can you possilbly write about it? It works, it does its' thing. No liquid to be spilled yet, ever. Unbreakable. They are a bit heavy yes but I'd rather have the bit more wieght and a near boomproof container than similar cheap products that break. Five stars.
Posted Mar 31, 2004 7:14 pm

thebeave7Untitled Review

Voted 5/5

I am very happy with the several Nalgenes I have. For us poser yuppies, it serves as a great, bombproof water container. After dropping a full bottle down many a rock cliff(on accident) it is still ticking, no cracks or dents. And new new splash guard is a must have for drinking while moving.
Posted Apr 20, 2004 2:04 pm

Brett AUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

This is a classic piece of hiking/backpacking gear. I started using these way before REI made them trendy with all the fancy colors and shapes. They are incredibly durable, and will not be popped by bears in the middle of the night (I've seen this happen to a platypus). Although collapsable bottles save weight, you can't beat the original Nalgene.
Posted May 27, 2004 1:57 am

keemaUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Idestructable. I've dropped mine on rock a number of times and no cracks. I usually use it for Gatorade or other mixes. The fact that the output fixture of the Pur Hiker pump / filter fits the mouth perfectly is a big plus.
Posted Jun 29, 2004 12:18 am

neodayUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

So where have you been?

-Let me check my Nalgene (read off stickers)

great water bottles- 'nuf said.

Had the pee bottle freeze- put the whole thing in boiling water (at camp in about 10 degree weather) and not a drop leaked out! Thank goodness!

I have broken one- it was 3/4 full and frozen. We were seeing who could throw it higher in the parking lot. It lasted about 3 rounds until it landed on the lid.

Every climber needs atleast one in their pack.

I will never take bladders out in the winter again, only Nalgenes.
Posted Aug 23, 2004 4:21 pm

MoniUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

These are the standard for durable can take anything water bottle. Hold boiling water - so can act as a hot water bottle in your sleeping bag during cold nights. Don't seem to ever want to leak. The lopp keeps you from losing the cap. Last years before they get that "yew moldy" smell. Wide mouth so you can put anything in them.

Draw back: they're heavy. Depends on what you are doing whether this is the best bottle to take on your trip.
Posted Aug 27, 2004 9:18 pm

miztflipUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Despite some of the negative comments in reviews there is nothing that last as long and works as well in cold weather. The wide mouth is easy to break the ice out of to get to water below unlike narrow necked canteens and water bottles.

As for the price, there are always places to buy these things for as little as 4 bucks. I have yet to break one even after dropping them long distances full.
Posted Nov 29, 2004 9:33 pm

Erik BeelerUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Can't figure out what I did with out this product. Oh I know I drank less! Any I love Nalgene bottles I have had five different colors and at least ten of these babies. I still have most of them but have lost a couple and managed to destroy two.

No they are not indestructable. One gave its life in a test to see just how tough they were. We filled one up and just kept throwing it up as high as we could till it died it took many throws (see neo's review below). The other burst when I forgot it in a bag out side as the temperature dropped to -15F, it just was not strong enough to hold the pressure of freezing water in. It did not blow up, rather it split along one side. Had I left some room in the top it would have been fine.

I use a little bleach in mine from time to time if I have forgotten to put it into the washer recently or it has been sitting around for too long with water or some other drink in it. The bleach takes the smell right out.

They can handle boiling water just fine and dont even soften up. During the winter we boil water and pour it into our Nalgenes and roll them into our sleeping bags so our feet can stay warm! You can also buy warmers with a zip top designed just for the Nalgene. We puor boiling water in and stuff the bottle in the warmer and zip it tight. Later in the day we pour the still hot water into the foam soup containers and have warm soup at the bottom of the ice climb.

Many water filters come with an attachment so you can just pop the filter tube onto the Nalgene and pump away!

Could be a little lighter but then it might not be as durable.
Posted Nov 30, 2004 9:41 am

The Defiant OneUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

A true essential. Don't use a water bottle (in any kind of extreme situation) if you can't trust it to hold your pee without leaking or exploding in your tent.

Nalgene is the most durable bottle i've found. It's great that they come in different colors. I know not to EVER drink out of my YELLOW Nalgene. If you don't know why, see sentence two.

Bottom Line: I've used these for years without replacing even one. I don't intentionally abuse them but have dropped a full one off a 200ft cliff and recovered it the next day, still full. (man was i thirsty too).

I use the bright colors in snow, as i've once taken a clear water bottle out of my pack in a white out, unable to recover it.

These things are great. You can freeze them, and put boiling water in them. no problems


Posted Mar 28, 2005 7:14 pm

TurboUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I used a lot of cheep water bottles before I finally got smart and got a Nalgene. Before I always had to make sure that I had my water upright so it wouldn't leak, but these bottles are almost leak proof. I've never dropped mine from 200 feet, but i have dropped it full of the roof of my two story house onto the pavement and it was unharmed. The wide mouth Nalgene bottles are also great for use with many filters, such as MSR filters.
Posted Apr 8, 2005 10:58 pm

bigwillyUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

A classic. Nearly everyone owns one. They are very durable, as I've proven in tests in which I filled it up and launched it of cliffs or beat it with a hatchet. They're kind of expensive but unless you lose it, there's a small chance you'll ever need to buy another.

The wide mouths are good for mixing drinks with spoons or pouring stuff into them, and the problem of splashing cen be resolved with the dollar something splashguard you can buy.

A few tips, wrap duct tape around it so that you can have it nearby when you need to make repairs. Also, if you wrap one of the smaller half liter bottles in insulating foam, you can make an insulated, watertight drink holder for hot drinks instead of having mugs that you can spill all over your gear.
Posted Apr 26, 2005 3:16 pm

marcminishUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

Indestructible and light weight. The mouth of the bottle mates perfectly with most water filters. The lexan version is much better than the cheaper white plastic version of the Nalgene bottle. The difference between the two is that you can poor boiling water into the lexan bottle without deforming the bottles shape. The same is not true for the white plastic bottles.

The only drawback to using bottles is that during cold weather you will also have to have water bottle parkas. Under these circumstances it is easier to have a CamelBak.
Posted Jun 10, 2005 5:02 pm

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