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#52905 - 10/30/05 01:58 AM How long will a Nalgene bottle last?
NIM Offline

Registered: 02/12/03
Posts: 128
With daily use how long will a Nalgene bottle last? As a plastic does it decay like the plastic in laptops?

What I mean is will it last 10 years? Or is it like my 5 year old laptop where the plastic is getting brittle?


#52906 - 10/30/05 02:58 AM Re: How long will a Nalgene bottle last?
Be_Prepared Offline

Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 530
Loc: Massachusetts
I still have every Nalgene bottle made of polycarbonate/Lexan that I ever bought. I have never had one of the bottles wear out. I have had to replace a cap or two, the strap that holds them to the bottle takes a lot of abuse if used to clip onto a pack or belt with a carabiner.

Now, I have melted one of the polyethelyne Nalgene's, (fire will do that), <img src="/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> and have cracked a couple cheap knock-offs (turns out a 200-foot drop will do that... <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />) The newer Lexan ones are pretty tough. Your mileage may vary.

- Ron

#52907 - 10/30/05 04:13 AM Re: How long will a Nalgene bottle last?
David Offline

Registered: 10/09/02
Posts: 245
Loc: Tennessee (middle)
In my experience, the poly (white) Nalgene bottles last +/- 5 years, depending on use & UV exposure. They develop a smell I find unpleasant, & then crack if flexed.

The Lexan bottles, on the other hand, seem to be a half-hitch shy of indestructible. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


#52908 - 10/30/05 03:08 PM Re: How long will a Nalgene bottle last?
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Lexan is UV sesnative, but unless you are planning on using it as a bullet resistant item, it should outlast just about everything own. I have seen one of them break from a two story drop out of a window, and one that didn't like having an armoured vehicle run over it, but those two out of scores of of them I've seen is a pretty good durability level. I've owned a bunch of them, and while I've lost a few, I've never had one fail on me.

And I'm willing to bet most things break when a tank or APC or self propelled gun run over them. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Never was told what the offending vehicle was, but it would have been HEAVY.


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