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#275928 - 07/24/15 04:20 PM Re: Wide mouth or narrow mouth canteens? [Re: ATN]
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2480
I've mostly switched over to metal bottles with about a 1" opening. (And discovered the stoppers are not always interchangeable.)

#275948 - 07/25/15 07:56 PM Re: Wide mouth or narrow mouth canteens? [Re: ATN]
boatman Offline

Registered: 03/10/03
Posts: 424
Loc: Michigan
Another vote for wide mouth stainless NALGENE's.I also use the Human Gear CapCap.To remove the metal Nalgene from a cooking fire use a multi tool or a carabiner clipped inside the top rim.I have seen a wood toggle used to suspend it over a fire also.A lot of options on the metal water bottle.Go with wide mouth for options.....


#275949 - 07/25/15 09:34 PM Re: Wide mouth or narrow mouth canteens? [Re: unimogbert]
Roarmeister Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 09/12/01
Posts: 950
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
For SS bottles in the fire, use a set of wire fish mouth spreaders. They are cheap and can store in the bottle when not in use by simply squeezing them.
When open you can insert into the bottle, simply use them as bail and hang the bottle above the fire or as a handle. I can't take credit for the idea, some viewer suggested it to Dave Canterbury and he liked the idea too so he added it to his repertoire.

And of course, everything in your kit should be multipurpose so you can use them as initially intended to spread a fish mouth to retrieve hooks. laugh

#275955 - 07/27/15 04:26 PM Re: Wide mouth or narrow mouth canteens? [Re: Roarmeister]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7369
Loc: southern Cal
I have lots of canteens,since I spend a lot of time in arid country, and variety is a good thing. My favorite, however, is a recycled Gatorade (or similar) bottle - light (much more so than Nalgenes), cheap, watertight, and expendable. I usually slip a SS canteen cup onto the bottom to allow for cooking in a nice cheap, light setup.
Geezer in Chief

#275957 - 07/27/15 07:53 PM Re: Wide mouth or narrow mouth canteens? [Re: ATN]
unimogbert Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 08/10/06
Posts: 864
Loc: Colorado
Fish spreader! Never heard of it befor but .... sure looks like the solution.

#275958 - 07/28/15 02:16 AM Re: Wide mouth or narrow mouth canteens? [Re: unimogbert]
DaveT Offline

Registered: 08/15/03
Posts: 208
Loc: NE Ohio
I'll second the Human Gear Cap Cap. They're a way better solution for the widemouth bottles than the "no splash" inserts - I had those for a while, and they almost without fail get pushed down into the bottle. More trouble than solution, in my experience.

#275995 - 07/29/15 09:01 PM Re: Wide mouth or narrow mouth canteens? [Re: chaosmagnet]
Chisel Offline

Registered: 12/05/05
Posts: 1324
Multitool pliers make great potholders

Won't it ruin the mouth roundness or the thread ??

#276000 - 07/30/15 12:50 AM Re: Wide mouth or narrow mouth canteens? [Re: ATN]
chaosmagnet Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3436
Loc: USA
I've never had threads noticeably damaged this way. I have seen small scratches on the lip.

#276052 - 08/02/15 06:18 PM Re: Wide mouth or narrow mouth canteens? [Re: ATN]
benjammin Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4020
Loc: Anchorage AK
I use wide mouth and pack a straw. I can't drink from anything but a straw or tube when I am moving. It just don't work for me otherwise.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

#276426 - 08/29/15 10:15 PM Re: Wide mouth or narrow mouth canteens? [Re: ATN]
bigmbogo Offline

Registered: 02/11/05
Posts: 82
Much as I hate to do anything so silly as to purchase bottles of water, we occasionally get the bottles of Poland Spring with the squirter nozzles. The squirter prevents backwash, so they can be refilled indefinitely without being cleaned. The plastic of the bottle feels really flimsy, but we've never had one fail. I like having a semi-disposable canteen that I don't care if I lose it. I also like the squirter to possibly cleanse wounds.


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