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#125915 - 03/01/08 11:06 PM GSI vs Nalgene bottle?
bsmith Offline
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Registered: 02/15/07
Posts: 589
Loc: ventura county, ca
done the search, no luck.

anyone have any thoughts on which one is better and then why or why not?

i'm looking to buy one of these in the one litre size.




thank you in advance.

Edited by bsmith (03/01/08 11:08 PM)
Edit Reason: add urls.
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#125917 - 03/01/08 11:09 PM Re: GSI vs Nalgene bottle? [Re: bsmith]
Blitz Offline
Gear Junkie

Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 535
Loc: MA
+1 for Nalgene. Indestructible. JMO.


#125921 - 03/01/08 11:37 PM Re: GSI vs Nalgene bottle? [Re: Blitz]
loner5667 Offline

Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 6
Loc: Oregon
+1 for the Nalgene....cause it fits in my GSI cup better. whistle


#125922 - 03/01/08 11:43 PM Re: GSI vs Nalgene bottle? [Re: loner5667]
Alan_Romania Offline


Registered: 06/29/05
Posts: 631
Loc: Arizona
Nalgene bottles are the gold standard. However, I have never had a problem with my GSI products either. You really can't go wrong.
"Trust in God --and press-check. You cannot ignore danger and call it faith." -Duke

#125952 - 03/02/08 02:04 AM Re: GSI vs Nalgene bottle? [Re: loner5667]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
"...it fits in my GSI cup better..."

Mine too. Slight plastic flavor, but worth it...

#125996 - 03/02/08 05:17 PM Re: GSI vs Nalgene bottle? [Re: OldBaldGuy]
Hikin_Jim Offline

Registered: 10/12/07
Posts: 1804
Loc: Southern California
+1 for Nalgene, but the GSI ones are probably fine.

Since Nalgenes are the de facto standard, a lot of bottle carriers and other accesories are made to fit Nalgene bottles. A lot of water filters, if you intend to filter for purification, are threaded to screw directly onto Nalgene wide mouth openings. I've actually gone more toward Nalgene because so many other products work with Nalgenes, but they're a great bottle, period.

Nalgenes are very leak proof which is a huge deal if you plan to do cold wx outings and want to take a hot water bottle with you into your sleeping bag.

One item of note: with the polycarbonate (clear plastic) versions, there is some controversy that chemicals leach into the water. Supposedly the translucent bottles made out of polyethelene (HDPE) are safer. http://www.nalgene-outdoor.com/store/detail.aspx?ID=59 You'll also notice that the HDPE are $6.60 vs. $9.00 for the polycarbs. smile

One (kinda) bad thing about the colorized polycarb bottles is that sometimes the color from iodine water purification gets distorted whereas with the white translucent bottles, I can always see the color which is just a double check to know that the "dosage" is right.

Unless your need is immediate, shop around. I've seen very good deals ($5.00 for the polycarbs, $4.50 for the HDPE's) on line.

Addendum: Karst sports has the half liter HDPE Nalgenes on sale for $1.62!! http://www.karstsports.com/na16wimohdbo.html
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#126165 - 03/03/08 06:30 PM Re: GSI vs Nalgene bottle? [Re: Hikin_Jim]
wolf Offline

Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 329
Loc: Michigan
I use my Nalgenes daily and the only thing that has ever destroyed one is my dog. She eats the caps when she can get a hold of one. I've bought more replacement caps than I care to think about. One of the bottles has bite marks in it, but still works fine.
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#126169 - 03/03/08 06:41 PM Re: GSI vs Nalgene bottle? [Re: Alan_Romania]
BobS Offline
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Registered: 02/08/08
Posts: 924
Loc: Toledo Ohio
Originally Posted By: Alan_Romania
Nalgene bottles are the gold standard. However, I have never had a problem with my GSI products either. You really can't go wrong.

I agree Nalgene and GSI products are both well made. I don't see a bad choice in either one of them.

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#126278 - 03/04/08 06:49 PM Re: GSI vs Nalgene bottle? [Re: Hikin_Jim]
aardvark Offline

Registered: 03/11/06
Posts: 109
Loc: So. California
One thing that is never mentioned in this nalgene/polycarbonate chemicals issue is that all the clear NSF listed food services containers are polycarbonate. So if you're really worried about this, then don't eat out at any restaurant anywhere. Nevermind the fact that a weekend with room temp water in a nalgene is far less likely to have anything leach into it versus a bin that sits in a salsa bar with acidic salsa or lemons or limes in it which then get put through the high temp industrial washer.

#126280 - 03/04/08 07:06 PM Re: GSI vs Nalgene bottle? [Re: aardvark]
Hikin_Jim Offline

Registered: 10/12/07
Posts: 1804
Loc: Southern California
ouch. good point.
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