Beat the Heat

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Although it is winter we still experience high temperatures during the day and a need to stay hydrated especially if active; be it running,walking,hiking or cycling- all great all terrain activities. Drinking water is healthy and should be part of your daily routine.

A good quality bottle is an essential part of your everyday routine, but not just any bottle and avoid refilling standard plastic bottles as that is unhealthy, commercial bottles are designed for single use,refilling can lead to bacterial contamination.

On that point wash your bottle before refilling it!

So what do we need to look for in our water bottle given that we use it on a daily basis?

  • It should firstly be reusable and you will feel proud as it saves on plastic pollution and saves money!
  • Check the caps and drinking spouts to ascertain that the bottle will not leak,especially given that it may be carried in a backpack with other electrics such as a tablet,laptop or a camera.
  • Choose quality materials that will last.Bear in mind that accidents take place and you could drop the bottle or it even rolls out of your vehicle onto the tar- look for food grade stainless steel,glass or BPA free plastic.
  • Check that the capacity will meet your needs, it should ideally last for a longer trip as opposed to a quick dash around town – generally I find a 500ml bottle to be sufficient.In this instance also check the weight as it’s no use having a heavy bottle in a backpack for a whole day – various materials have varying weights yet in some respects heavier stainless steel bottles may retain coldness longer-it is a balance.
  • Does it fit? Ideally it should fit into the console and door panels of your car as well as a bike cage and the elasticated side pouches on a backpack.
  • Taste is important,glass is tops in this area but subject to easy breakages unless in a protective sleeve.

Given that lets look at a few options;

Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle ( Atlasware)

  • Slim design
  • Double wall construction
  • Superior cooling especially if left in a car
  • Durability
  • Two stoppers one of which can accommodate a carabiner

Stainless Steel Water Bottle ( Kleen Kanteen)

  • Easy to drink from the spout
  • Slim design
  • Accommodates a carabiner
  • Looses temperature if left in the sun

BPA Free Nalgene Wide Mouth Bottle ( Nalgene)

  • Non toxic
  • Impact resistant
  • Wide mouth for easy drinking
  • Illustrated version is smaller for easy storing and packing

Glass Bottle ( as illustrated

  • Purer taste
  • Not as cold as an insulated bottle
  • Easier to break
  • Easy to view the capacity
  • Easy to open and drink with a flip cap

So how do you carry your h20? Tell us at

About the Author

Glyn Demmer

My first 4x4 was a Nissan Hardbody thereafter I started travelling all over the country. In 1992 we held a big 4x4 day with hundreds of Nissan families, and then the 4x4 bug really bit. A friend Monty Brett and I started running 4x4 courses at the Hennops Off-road Trail just outside of Johannesburg. At first we offered day-and-a-half courses that started on Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday afternoon. Hannes Grobler the Rally Ace regularly assisted, and we reached a nice balance between our two styles and our skills.

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