Nalgene Wide-Mouthed Bottle Review
Product Manufacturer: Nalgene USA
Description: Everyday Water Bottle
Product Range: Wide Mouthed Water Bottle
Cost: $10 – $12
Quality Rating: 4/5
Value For Money: 5/5
I have written a few posts that have dealt with the travel experience and my own revelations or discovery that one can in fact take an empty bottle through airport security with the aim to fill it up either on the air-side or on the flight to your destination.
There are a 2 main benefits to this firstly being the cost saving as water bought before boarding tends to be on the expensive side and secondly that you have water available throughout the flight in sufficient quantities to prevent you becoming dehydrated.
When detailing some of the effects on a person during long haul flights, I highlighted that the relative humidity of the cabin can drop as low as 20% which causes the body to lose a lot of water. Therefore, it is recommended to drink approx. 250ml of water per hour on such flights to prevent dehydration.
I bought my bottle in 2016 when I flew to Germany and this bottle has been in continuous use while travelling, gym and work. I have included a photo below of the bottle which does show some wear to illustrate the durability of this bottle after a little over 2 years.
Nalgene makes a big deal of their use of alternative materials to what is known as Bisphenol A or BPA. When researching the product online or in stores, this is usually in bold letters “BPA free” so I decided to research this a little. BPA is a synthetic compound added to plastics and can be found in a huge range of everyday products such as bottled water, food packaging and the epoxy lining of metal food and beverage cans. This however does not mean that BPA is safe or healthy to be in contact with.
There is much debate over the actual health effects of BPA with reports both supporting and denying that it has any negative health effects being made available from a number of different heath agencies and laboratories. The United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) however banned the use of BPA products in children’s bottles in 2012 which in itself is not a clear indication but should raise some red flags. BPA has a confirmed negative effect on the environment with it suppressing the reproductive abilities of all living organisms tasked with the breakdown of such plastics.
This being said, should you believe the reports that BPA is in fact not harmful to humans, it does have a negative impact on the environment and therefore this is still a positive selling point that all Nalgene products are BPA free.
The only negative point I can point out is that the materials are not scratch resistant and it does get scuffed over time which is why I gave it a 4/5 for quality.
The basic bottle is not expensive and costs around $10 with a number of variations in design, attachments and accessories that one can chose from. For me the base unit suited my needs completely but should you wish to have some additional features, this will naturally increase the price.
This is about as basic a product as can be reviewed and therefore the cost component of this review is very simple.
Nalgene has a wide range of bottle products to suit everyone’s needs. I have provided the links here should you be interested in reviewing the various type. The range includes:
As mentioned in my other travel posts, the relative humidity of aircraft cabins can drop to as low as 20% which equates to approx. 250ml water per hour. I have a 1 L bottle that I find both practical to travel with and provides enough capacity to stay hydrated. Anything smaller I have found is too small and anything bigger becomes too heavy and bulky.
The type of mouth is mainly up to personal preference. I am a fan of the wide mouthed bottle as one can clean this easily and should you need to gulp water during an intense workout but still need to breath, then this is the best choice for you.
There are some designer decals that have also been added to the range such as the Marvel Comics range or American University Logo range where you can add some personal touches to the bottle for uniqueness.
I would not personally bother investing in these additional decals as they get scratched and damaged over time. I have included a photo of my Nalgene Wide-Mouthed bottle that is 2 years old to illustrate what I mean by this.
As you can see, the Nalgene logo has a chip out of it and there are thousands of scratches to the body of the bottle that bear witness to the abuse that this bottle has taken over the last 2 years and the many adventures it has been on with me.
The loop that attaches the cap to the bottle itself is made of a very durable flexible plastic that performs the dual function of keeping the lip attached to the bottle and attaching the bottle to my backpack when travelling.
So while the bottle does look a little beat up, the durability of this product is plain to see and I can confirm that this is indeed a great product.
Should you be looking for something that will be able to stand up to the rigours of travel and normal life outside of travel then this is the bottle for you. For $10, it’s really well worth the money.