You’re packing up your kayak for a trip, and you’ve got your paddle, sunscreen, sprayskirt, dry bag, PFD, maybe even a paddle float. What a lot of people forget is one of the most critical items – water. A day on the water can be strenuous and dehydrating, especially if it’s hot or humid. Kayakers need to be careful to prevent dehydration, so you’ll need to take a water bottle with you.
But what could possibly go into the best water bottle for kayaking?
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The Best Kayaking Water Bottle on the Market
1. Hydro Flask Insulated Wide Mouth 32oz
out of 10
Best Budget Option
2. MIRA Insulated Wide Mouth Water Bottle 32oz
out of 10
Best non insulated bottle]
3. Klean Kanteen Classic Single Wall Stainless Steel Bottle
3 hours [bottle not insulated]
out of 10
What You Need in a Kayak Water Bottle
Truth be told, not that much. You can get by with a plastic water bottle from the gas station or a refillable one you got at some event (who doesn’t have a cabinet full of schwag water bottles?). The important thing is that you stay hydrated throughout the day.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t better options that can improve your paddling experience just a little bit, though. The most important thing is that you drink the water you bring. You’ll want it to be accessible, not leak, and keep your water tasting good. Seems pretty simple, right?
32 Oz Wide Mouth Insulated Hydroflask Review
So, why should you spend the extra money for something more than a basic plastic bottle? Because as with all your other gear, you’ll want a durable piece of equipment for kayaking. You want something that can put up with the daily abuse (well, at least we aspire to paddle daily…) of rolling around in your kayak. A stainless steel, vacuum-insulated bottle from Hydroflask fits that description perfectly.
Metal water bottles are all the rage right now, for one, because they’re tough. A plastic bottle warps and wears out over time, particularly when left out in the sun. Plus most kayakers are good stewards of the environment and want a water bottle that will last and that can eventually be recycled. Paddlers care about the environment; we want to keep it clean and free of toxic waste.
Metal bottles are also considered more sanitary. Plastic bottles are thought to leach chemicals over time, especially when they’re exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Even though Nalgene and its competitors reformulated their products several years ago to contain no BPA (Bisphenol A, which can cause birth defects in high enough concentrations), they still don’t feel as clean and sterile as a metal water bottle.
Another consideration is that the water in a plastic bottle will get hot, especially if it’s sitting on the deck of a sit-on-top kayak. Your probably think of insulated Hydroflasks as being more of a coffee mug, but the vacuum-insulated design on a keeps water cool for up to 24 hours (longer that you’ll ever need for kayaking). Unfortunately, it won’t do a thing for the exterior of the bottle. To avoid burning your hand, choose one in a lighter color.
The last important feature is the bottle’s opening. Water bottles come in wide-mouth and narrow-mouth options; the wide mouth is definitely the best choice, allowing you to take a quick gulp before returning to your paddle strokes. Hydroflask also sells sports caps if you’d rather not twist the lid off for every drink, but there’s no better feeling on a hot day that taking a big swig of cold water from the wide mouth.
You could purchase this bottle in any size (they also come in 18, 24, and 40 ounces), but the 32-ounce bottle. seems to be perfect for most kayaking trips. It holds enough water for a couple hours if it’s not too hot out, but it’s not so large that you can’t easily get your hand around it.
Obviously you don’t need to go out and buy a brand new water bottle just for kayaking. But if you’re in the market for a new bottle, why not get the best water bottle for kayaking that’s also great for everything else?
It’s insulated, so it could just as easily be your go-to coffee mug in the morning, and works just as well for hiking trips, too. Really, it’s a great anytime water bottle.
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