Nalgene cantene water



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Description: A review of an old warhorse of mine - the Nalgene Cantene

On a thread over at Backpackinglight.com and on a bonus gear episode of our podcast. the same question was asked.

What are your favorite items?  The items that always seem to be in your pack no matter what the trip, have stood the test of time and and you can’t fathom heading into the outdoors without.

They are also items I’ve used in one iteration or another for over a decade.  My pack may change, I may try a different type of pad or sleeping bag (quilt!), but the above items are almost always in my pack.  Be it backpacking, day hikes, climbs or skis. They work for me.

Like all the really good pieces of gear, it is an item that I don’t think about but immediately miss if I don’t have it.

Because it is light (a hair over 2 oz for the 96 oz  capacity version), folds up nicely when not in use and lets me haul water when a sports drink bottle or two is not enough.   Best of all, it has a wide mouth that makes it easier to both fill up and pour out water. In winter backpacking, this large mouth makes things much easier when pouring snow melt from a pot into this container.

The Nalgene Cantene, because of its wide mouth, is more versatile than the similar Platypus.  I prefer  the 96 oz capacity version because. for a slight weight penalty vs small capacity models, there is much more water capacity in relation to its weight.

The down side to this product? It is not meant to be pulled out all the time, hauled around in camp, banged up, dropped, etc. It is reasonably durable, but it is not bomber.  But that’s not it is meant for.  Use the Nalgene Cantene for its designed use and you will be happy for many miles of wandering.






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