I posted about the very clever flexible bail for Guyot Designs stainless bottles from Marion Outdoors just a few days ago. While the flexible bail is certainly very cool, it dawned on me that I have never posted about the bottles that the bail is designed to work with.
Guyot Design stainless bottles should look very familiar to you. They are essentially just a stainless steel version of the venerable Nalgene bottle. They feature the same wide mouth for easy cleaning and even accept the same lids and accessories as the Nalgene bottles. The Guyot Design bottles are available in a few shapes and sizes but the one that I like best is “The Standard” 38 ounce bottle because it very closely mimics the shape and size of a standard 32 ounce Nalgene.
Guyot Designs also feature a much nicer lid than the standard Nalgene bottles. The lid is attached via a piece of sterling climbing rope that has a two sliders so the rope can easily be separated from the bottle and the lid. Being able to easily remove the lid is a must if you are going to use these bottles on or near fire.
So what makes these worth the extra weight and cost over a standard plastic Nalgene bottle? Versatility. Versatility. Versatility.
These bottles can handle any temperature extreme thanks to their construction. I have hiked in temps that were cold enough to partially freeze my water bottle. That isn’t a problem with a stainless water bottle. You can simply remove the lid, then place it near or even on your fire to thaw your water. It can be used to heat water for cooking and even purify water by boiling in a pinch. They are a truly multi-functional piece of potentially life saving equipment.
The ability to purify water alone makes them worth the extra weight and cost. You have to carry water anyway, so it might as well be in a multi-functional Guyot Designs bottle.
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I just made the conversion – I have a 32oz BPA-free Nalgene plastic bottle and liked it a lot, but went to the Guyot Backpacker so, if needed, I could boil water in it. I highly recommend the 10×4 M.O.L.L.E. Pouch Backpacker Kit on http://www.canteenshop.com – for $60 you get: Condor M.O.L.L.E. II Olive Drab 10×4 pouch with snapping M.O.L.L.E. Straps, Guyotdesigns Stainless Steel Backpacker 32 Oz. Bottle, Guyot Designs MicroBites, and a GSI Glacier Mug. I am just a happy customer.
An additional tip is a neoprene “cozy” like you see for bottles and cans – this can insulate your hands from the temperature of the container – I’ve noticed that temperature is transferred through the SS MUCH faster and “efficiently” than its BPA-free plastic Nalgene cousin.
In addition, I prefer the “backpacker” model as it has a tapered bottom that will fit in most cup holders.
Bushcraft tongs can be made and used pretty easily.