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The 10 Best Water Bottles for Hikers

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Hiking is thirsty work. And carrying around a water bottle on your otherwise quite lean backpack (or worse, on your person) is a chore. Because water means weight, no matter what. Thankfully, you can keep your water bottle’s weight to a relative minimum.

Bottles come in all shapes and sizes, from stainless steel to BPA-free plastic, from hard shell to collapsible. We’ve got a wide range here and each one offers its own perks.

Hydro Flask Vacuum-Insulated 32 Ounce Wide Mouth

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth
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Double-walled, vacuum-insulated water bottles, like this Hydro Flask Wide Mouth, are ideal for keeping temps nice when you’re hiking in either warm or cool weather. Drinks stay cold for up to 24 hours, or hot for up to 6. Thirty-two ounces, in my mind, is about ideal for hiking. It lets you cover the most ground without refilling, and the wide mouth lets for easy refilling.

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High Sierra Hydrahike 4 Liter Hydration Pack

High Sierra Hydrohike
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Not a water bottle, per se, but in exceptionally hot weather, carrying plenty of water is key to a happy (and safe) hike. The High Sierra Hydrahike it carries four liters for plenty of hydration. An air mesh panel makes it great for long, hot hikes as well.

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Nalgene Tritan 32 Ounce Wide Mouth

Nalgene Tritan
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One of the original, classic refillable water bottles, the Nalgene Tritan is still one of the best water bottles on the market. It’s BPA-Free, the lid stays attached, and the wide mouth makes refilling easy, as well as ice cubes or water purifiers.

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Stash Bottle 32 Ounce

Stash Bottle
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The beauty of the Stash Bottle, when you’re backpacking and space is at a premium, is that it collapses down to save space. But it also fits a full 32 ounces and can be frozen or filled with hot water. Plus, both the top and bottom are rigid to keep things in place. 

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Thermos Stainless King 24 Ounce

Thermos Stainless King
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Thermos has an iconic name for a reason. Their vacuum-sealing technology in this tumbler keeps drinks hot for up to 18 hours, and cold for 24. The lid is also push-button to make it easy to open. And its stainless steel is rugged for the inevitable drops when you’re hiking.

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Pelican Vacuum Insulated 18 Ounce Tumbler

Pelican Tumbler
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The Pelican is powder-coated for condensation control, making it key for hiking in the heat. Stainless steel and vacuum-sealed, plus a twist-off lid for easy drinking.

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Astrea ONE 20 Ounce Vacuum Insulated

Astrea ONE
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Hiking in unknown areas? Saving space is key. So if you can build in a water filter into your water bottle, you’re saving weight and space. The Astrea ONE removes copper, lead, and mercury. The lid pops easily for drinking. With the filter, it only technically holds 15.5 ounces of water, but clean water is worth it. 

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CamelBak Chute 32 Ounce

CamelBak Chute
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One of my favorite water bottles, ever. The CamelBak Chute is a solid 32 ounces. It has an attached, screw-off lid that stows magnetically. The lid has a wide mouth for easy filling. And a molded handle makes it easy to hold or attach to your backpack.

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Stow Bottle 32 Ounce

Stow Bottlw
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The beauty of these stow bottles is in their weight. They’re lighter than hard shell bottles, making them lighter when filled as well. Empty? Roll it up and stow it. And, because it’s a must, a spill-proof nozzle for easy drinking.

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Perma Chill Contour 20 Ounce

Perma Chill Bottle
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Not just great for hiking—its slim profile fits beautifully in a pack—this little guy does great work day-to-day too. The cap is attached and flips open for easy drinking. And the ring and carabiner clips easily to your pack.

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