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Water bottle holder

Postby quentinc » Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:46 pm

It seems backpack designs now assume everyone will be using a hydration bladder, and they no longer come with pockets adequate to securely hold a one liter Nalgene bottle. Does anyone have a recommendation for a bottle holder that will strap on to a pack?



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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:30 pm

I hadn't noticed... My last purchase was a ULA pack and they not only have adequate pockets, there are water bottle holders on the shoulder straps and the hysrarion pocket is removable.

There are sleeves and clips for nalgenes to mount on a belt.
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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby ERIC » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:42 pm

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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby quentinc » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:30 pm

Thanks Eric. But the Amazon one is what I've tried. As one of the reviewers said, it's like trying to fit size 10 feet in size 8 shoes.

AT: I have a Go-Lite Odyssey, and although it has pockets, a one liter bottle pops out at the least provocation. Definitely not good for off-trail!
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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby sparky » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:08 pm

I use a small water bottle that I can put in my pocket, or sometimes I put it under my hip belt
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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby gary c. » Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:36 pm

A buddy of mine has a Gregory Baltoro with a factory made bungy cord loop to help hold water bottles in place. He uses it and says that depending on the water bottle it works fine. You could stop by someplace like REI and see if it might not be something you are interested in. It would be simple to incorporate one to your own pack.
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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby ERIC » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:46 am

quentinc wrote:Thanks Eric. But the Amazon one is what I've tried. As one of the reviewers said, it's like trying to fit size 10 feet in size 8 shoes.

AT: I have a Go-Lite Odyssey, and although it has pockets, a one liter bottle pops out at the least provocation. Definitely not good for off-trail!


Would the Osprey model I also linked to (Osprey Aqua Stow) not work? Might be easily modified to suit your needs.


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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby markskor » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:33 am

I gave up the heavy Nalgene bottles in favor of plastic 1-liter bottles and, after having a pack hydration reservoir tube leak...I now only carry two hip-mounted bottle holders and no in-pack hydration.
My Gregory only had one bottle holder, wanted another...did not like a shoulder harness...wanted another hip-holster bottle pocket.

REI sells a Nalgene hip model which fits over a waist wing strap on the pack.
Having lost a water bottle over Voglesang Pass a few years back, I also included a bottle keeper - an elastic cord with a slider (also REI), easy access and holds the bottle secure.
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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby quentinc » Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:46 pm

Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. The bungy cord loop sounds particularly interesting.
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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:49 pm

I also need holders but they are a pain to find anything ok these days. OR used to have a perfect holder that had a strong velcro belt loop on the back for mounting but they stopped making them.

I use ULA but I would never use those front mounts. I also use the side pockets for gear and I cannot reach a water bottle in them anyway. I mount holders on the hip belt from the size adjuster straps. Then I use pins to stop them from sliding around because the friction will wear through. In 2010 I was almost to the top of of Forester Pass when one of my bottles finally chopped the strap in half.

It's true that not using Nalgene saves allot of weight. They weigh 5.75 ounces vs an empty gatorade bottle at 1.9 ounces. So you can cut half a pound by switching. I personally still use one though so I can use the measurements while cooking.
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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby ERIC » Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:33 pm

I too have converted from the Nalgene bottle, however I do use a combo of bladder and Gatorade bottle so I have a backup should one or the other fail. I find I stay better hydrated using a bladder due to ease of access. Gatorade or other disposable bottles can have durability issues as well (especially compared to a polypropylene Nalgene bottle). I measure standard and metric volumes and mark the Gatorade bottle with Sharpie pen before my trips.

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Re: Water bottle holder

Postby quentinc » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:06 pm

There's also the BPA issue if you're using regular plastic bottles. At least the Nalgenes now come in BPA-free. Who knows how significant this really is?
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