Folding water bottle

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Can anyone recommend me a foldable water carrier, something to carry fresh water in that will fold away when empty,
Size about 1 litre,
Thanks
David
 

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I've used one litre Platypus bottles for the purpose you describe for many years. They are expensive but seem to last fairly well. They have a range of stoppers and I prefer the sports bottle type which makes it possible to drink without removing, and possibly losing the stopper. I didn't get on with the type designed for a drinking tube but this maybe because I was too mean to buy the special bite valve.

I keep one in my pack and one in the pocket of my coat or daysack. The pack one is empty until I get near where I intend to camp. I walk a lot in the Eastern Pyrenees in summer where water is often hard to find and I like to carry at least two litres. If starting from home, I put a three quarters full Platypus bottle in the freezer and even on a hot day, it is still refreshingly cool.

I would add that my wife dislikes hers as she claims it makes the water taste odd, but she says this too about the Sigg bottles which we also use. Perhaps her French upbringing has given her a more sensitive palate!
 
Jan 15, 2021
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I've used one litre Platypus bottles for the purpose you describe for many years. They are expensive but seem to last fairly well. They have a range of stoppers and I prefer the sports bottle type which makes it possible to drink without removing, and possibly losing the stopper. I didn't get on with the type designed for a drinking tube but this maybe because I was too mean to buy the special bite valve.

I keep one in my pack and one in the pocket of my coat or daysack. The pack one is empty until I get near where I intend to camp. I walk a lot in the Eastern Pyrenees in summer where water is often hard to find and I like to carry at least two litres. If starting from home, I put a three quarters full Platypus bottle in the freezer and even on a hot day, it is still refreshingly cool.

I would add that my wife dislikes hers as she claims it makes the water taste odd, but she says this too about the Sigg bottles which we also use. Perhaps her French upbringing has given her a more sensitive palate!
thanks for the reply, i will take a look at the platypus bottles, theres so many differant water carrying systems out there its hard knowing witch one to go for.
 

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Can you disinfect them with really hot water, or do you need tabs to clean them?
 

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I have a 1 litre Platypus bottle. I have had it a while and I don't know if the material is the same still in use. I think it is the nylon/polyethylene, although it rolls up, I would not say the material is "soft", it is not at all rubbery and does not crumple down, only roll up from the base.
I am fairly sensitive to bottle and bladder taste. REALLY don't like the taste from my MSR Dromlite, and can detect a taste from my Source bladder even though it says there should be none. I do not have that problem with my Platypus.

Something that made a huge difference to how fresh water stays in a bottle, is if you do not drink direct from it. Pouring into a cup, or pouring into your mouth with a gap stops backwash of bacteria from your mouth, which is unavoidable how ever much you try if you put your mouth on the bottle mouth.
 

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I've got some of those roll up plastic 1L bottles too. The plastic is quite stiff and sturdy, but rolls up quite well when empty. I've had mine for years and they've been fine so far. No idea about brand name thought.
 
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I use an ordinary Platypus bottle as a wine bottle. By squeezing out the air, oxidation of the wine is minimised, so I don't see the point of the special one. In practice, wine never stays in the bottle long enough for it to be a problem!
 

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wine never stays in the bottle long enough for it to be a problem!
Yep, for some strange reason wines tend to have that perplexing property.

I think the original question is quite relevant in many cases and if one knows well in advance a dry stretch a totally collapsible bottle or bladder is a good idea. Experiences?
 
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Something that made a huge difference to how fresh water stays in a bottle, is if you do not drink direct from it. Pouring into a cup, or pouring into your mouth with a gap stops backwash of bacteria from your mouth, which is unavoidable how ever much you try if you put your mouth on the bottle mouth.
Apart from using water up reasonably quickly, another thing (IME..) is to use boiled water wherever possible. Some tap water can taste different after a few days, even when other precautions have been taken.
 
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The main reason I chose the Platypus folding water bottle (2L in my case but you don't have to fill it) is that the screw thread fits the Sawyer filter perfectly.
 
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The 1L ones fit in pockets that are too small for Nalgenes and they are very lightweight, plus they don't take up extra space in your pack when empty. You can also bend them to fit under the tap in small sinks when filling up.
 
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I use the Hydrapak seeker:


Compatible with the Katadyn BeFree water filter:

 
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Another Platypus user. Got mine for use with my Sawyer water filter in order to have a larger capacity one than the 600ml bag that came with the filter. Easy to store, light and durable.
 
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I suppose you could call this collapsible rather than folding but I've had no taste issues and have had 2 of then. I discovered them in the US about 6 years ago and since then they've improved the design. I like the "standability", of that is a word, the Nalgene like cap and the protected Puck they form when folded.

Hydrapak
 

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I suppose you could call this collapsible rather than folding but I've had no taste issues and have had 2 of then. I discovered them in the US about 6 years ago and since then they've improved the design. I like the "standability", of that is a word, the Nalgene like cap and the protected Puck they form when folded.

Hydrapak

I have a couple of those as well. Really like them, though for me it’s a definite two handed drinking vessel - made a bit of a mess one handed.
 

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OK, you convinced me to get the Platypus 1 litre bottles as additional capacity for Mediterranean circumstances.

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