CamelBak Antidote 100
CamelBak Antidote 100

The 4 Best Niche Water Bottles of 2013

CamelBak Antidote 100

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CamelBak Antidote 100


CamelBak started the reservoir revolution, and it still makes one of the best. A new quarter-turn lid on the 100-ounce Antidote prevents overtightening, a common mistake. The opening is now large enough to fit a hand inside the bladder for cleaning. And a baffle running halfway up the interior keeps sloshing to a minimum. Best of all: the bite valve leaks the least of any system we tested. 

Vapur Eclipse

Vapur Eclipse with MicroFilter
Vapur Eclipse with MicroFilter (Courtesy of Vapur)

Fast and Light

Pump filters are a pain; iodine tastes bad. Avoid both with Vapur’s new Eclipse. Built into the screw-top lid of the one-liter bag is a filter that, like pumps or iodine, removes 99.9 percent of bacteria and protozoa. All it takes is a little extra slurping power to draw the water through the filter. It’s the best filter-bottle combo we’ve found and weighs just 2.7 ounces, half as much as a Nalgene.

BlenderBottle SportMixer

BlenderBottle SportMixer
BlenderBottle SportMixer (Courtesy of BlenderBottle)


With most sports bottles, when you mix up a protein or hydration-powder drink, there’s almost always a thick glob of it left at the bottom. Not so with the 28-ounce SportMixer. It sounds gimmicky, but it works: a stainless-steel wire sphere placed inside the durable plastic bottle agitates the contents when shaken. It’s essentially 
a portable blender. In our test, we mixed 
up a quarter cup of Greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, and ten ounces of almond milk in about ten seconds. 

Pat’s Backcountry Carbonator

Pat's Backcountry Carbonator
Pat's Backcountry Carbonator (Courtesy of Pat's Backcountry Be)

For Beer Lovers

It does exactly what it says: carbonates. What’s more, Pat’s has extended its line of soda concentrates, which come in Gu-shot-size packets, to include beer. Empty the contents into the Carbonator, add an activator tablet (think Alka-Seltzer), and use the finger-operated pump to gas it up. The whole process takes about a minute and a half, and while it isn’t exactly an ice-cold Bud, beer of any kind is a great thing after a long hike. 

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