Best Titanium Water Bottle
Water carrying and storage is one of the most important aspects of the trail. Without water, there is no life. While you could carry a disposable plastic bottle, there are a few advantages of having something a little more high-tech. Titanium, one of the most amazing materials known to man is perfect for the backcountry. In fact, it is most perfect in water bottles. The best titanium water bottle in the ultralight category is the Vargo Titanium Water Bottle.
Titanium water bottles are superior to other materials for a variety of reasons. First, corrosion resistance. A vessel filled with water often exposed to heat is prone to rust. With proper care, this risk is minimal with stainless steel. Plastic bottles however will never rust. Yet, you cannot boil water in them. They are lightweight, but not durable. Furthermore, many plastic bottle can and will leech toxic chemicals in to your fluids. Especially when exposed to high temperatures. While the risk is almost negligible, stainless steel can also leech heavy metals in to your beverage. Steel is also heavy. Both plastic and steel will leave an unpleasant aftertaste. Fortunately titanium bottles posses all of these pros and none of the cons.
Vargo Titanium Water Bottle – Features
Hikers, backpackers, and bushcrafters all have their trusty water bottles. From the tried and true plastic Nalgene to the stainless Kleen Kanteen, all have their place as a backcountry companion. For those looking for a little more from their water bottle, I found the Vargo Titanium Water Bottle. For those looking to boil water in their bottles while saving every ounce of weight, this is the lightest metal bottle in its class. Unfortunately, this leaves the sidewalls very thin. If you drop this bottle full of water from shoulder height, it might leave a dent. I’ve had mine for about two years and only one dent. It’s a cosmetic blemish that merely adds a little character. The thin walls do make boiling pretty speedy though. The bottle dimensions are perfect for the mid size category, as it fits snugly in cupholders and stove stands.
Some prefer a wide mouth, some don’t, it’s all a matter of personal preference. All I know is that the Vargo’s mouth opening minimizes spills while drinking on the go. It’s the perfect size for me, and many others like me. The lid comes in both plastic and titanium variants. Both have a loop for easy attachment to packs. When boiling water, you’ll have to remove either one. A silicone o-ring on the titanium version prevents leakage but should not be exposed to extreme heat. Neither should the plastic lid, for obvious reasons. You’ll be happy to know however that boiling water in the Vargo will not leech any toxic chemicals, or leave an aftertaste.
- Weight: 3.8oz
- Dimensions: 10.7 x 3 x 3 inches
- Capacity: 650ml
- Material: 100% titanium
- Opening Diameter: 4.44cm