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Nalgene vs. Camelbak 1L Bottles -- which one 'tastes' better?

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#1 Beaucoup VC

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 09:08 AM

I had this discussion with another person and it got me thinking: do you dudes think filtered tap water tastes better from Nalgene or Camelbak bottles? Wide/narrow mouth or suction straw thing?

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 10:24 AM

Um... I didn't know there was a difference. But if you don't keep either of them clean they'll start tasting funky.

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 10:31 AM

I used to use a Nalgene but switched to a Camelbak with a straw. SO much easier to drink from, never leaks, and you never get funky tasting water/ plasticy bottle odor. Its almost impossible to backwash into it to boot so it really doesn't get all too dirty. Just need to rinse every now and then and keep the mouth piece clean.

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 12:05 PM

I've used both and I have came to prefer the Nalgene bottle. If I want to put a mixer in (like Gatorade powder) I don't have to worry as much about sugar and stuff getting trapped in the straw and molding.

Also agree with spenceman, you're going to have to keep either one clean or they start tasting and smelling weird.

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 01:51 PM

Klean Canteen>Nalgene>Camelbak

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 02:01 PM

Hydroflask>Klean Canteen>Nalgene>Camelbak all other bottles.


Fixed it for you. The only downside for HF is the weight, but you can't escape that with double walled stainless steel. Besides, having hot drinks stay hot, and cold drinks stay cold is worth the weight in most situations. They also give you the option for widemouth, straw, or flip-top. Here's a photo of my coffee cup, I also have a 40oz bottle with straw. Why? because you can be gangmember if you dont drink forty's.


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Posted 09 December 2014 - 02:59 PM

If you don't want to shell out for specialised cleaning tablets for your camelbak, denture cleaning tablets are the same thing but dirt cheap. Work for complicated bottles like camelbak eddy too.


I have a camelbak eddy, but don't like having it inside my pack, it drips a bit. So I've switched to a Liberty Bottle, though I used and liked Sigg bottles for a long time.

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 10:12 AM

For solid bottles, I have a couple Nalgene's and have never had a problem with them. I have replaced the lid on one with a CapCap that works quite well. When I need more water (i.e. biking around town) I use CamelBak exclusively; I started off with a Lobo many years ago and it still works great, then I got a H.A.W.G. for added storage space and the Antidote bladder seems to have a gradual leak at the QD connection with the hose (possibly my fault because I put my camera in the main compartment, which might put too much pressure on the bladder). Just a couple months ago I bought a Mil version of the Antidote so we'll see how that one works. The only time taste has been an issue with either my bottles or bladders is when the filter on the faucet need replacing.

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 09:51 PM

I prefer the liter Nalgene. Ive always liked Nalgene but Ive tried others and always go back to Nalgene. They are simple to use and easy to clean.

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 04:56 AM

I'm with spenceman, getting a Hydroflask has to be some of the best money I spent.  Otherwise, I'm biased to the Nalgene.

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 02:07 PM

I haven't noticed a difference when it comes to taste, but I prefer the Camelbak for usability. The 0.75L fits in the cup holders of my car, bottle holders, etc. It doesn't leak if you leave it open and it's easy to clean. Maybe the rest of you are just more coordinated than I am, but I seem to have water bottles tip over at the worst possible times. I'm all about the grownup sippy cup.






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Posted 15 December 2014 - 10:03 PM

I use the 1L and OTF Nalgene almost everyday. They're perfect for me. I haven't had any funky tastes with either of them. My wife has had the camelbak eddy for a little bit and the steady never closes. As I've recently learned with a Thermos coffee mug, the few parts the better. I'll be applying that philosophy to all my bottles from now on.

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 12:35 PM

There is a regular water bottle collection that seems to be breeding in our garage. Camelbak, Nalgene, Liberty, Klean Kanteen, etc. The Nalgenes are nice if you want leak-proof for your pack, but for everyday use, the smaller bottles like the Camelbak, et. al. work pretty well. We ditched the straw tops for the regular screw tops for ease of cleaning, though.


Regardless of which you choose, the best thing is to buy a quality bottle brush (OXO makes a good one) and some of the Efferdent (or similar) denture tablets that Corbs mentioned.  :up:

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 06:00 AM

I use nalgene bottles for the part if I am taking a bottle with me, but I also use my camelbak pack a lot too.  I think they both taste the same.


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Posted 20 December 2014 - 10:26 AM

My next bottle will be all from Liberty Bottle, recycled, and made in America, prices are good, so why not?

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Posted 06 January 2015 - 05:28 PM

I'd say nalgene they're bpa free and they can hold boiling water poured into them without bursting open, works as a great heater in your sleeping bag in cold weather

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 11:58 PM

I carry both and carry elixr tablets... so no matter what the taste isnt terrible. but water sucks as is so any flavor it has is better than just water

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 09:40 PM

I picked up a Nalgene 1L with a 'hurricane lid' and it leaks like a seive...

I like the nalgene though. What are good replacement lids?

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