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Best water bottle to attach to harness?

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B L · · New York, NY · Joined May 2015 · Points: 54

I'm pretty frustrated with the soft waterbottles such as platypus that have a good attach point for a biner to clip to your harness while leading - just because they are so hard to clean and dry.

Does anyone know of an easier to clean alternative?

I'm looking for something small and light for 2-3 pitch routes where a few sips at a belay or the top are really nice when it's hot.

wonderwoman · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 93

I just bought a bubi.  However, I am going to replace the mini biner with some chord and a regular biner to attach to my harness..  The water bottle came flying off the outside of my pack during a hike out.  But It is collapsible and doesn't have plasticizer taste.

Ken Tubbs · · Eugene, OR · Joined Sep 2018 · Points: 1

A small plastic soft drink bottle with a piece of cord looped and taped around its neck.

climber pat · · Las Cruces NM · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 241

I use one of these backcountrygear.com/nalgene…  with a nalgene water bottle.  It works great.

You can also duct tape a sling or webbing around the bottom of a bottle.

Roots · · Wherever I am · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 20

carry a small pack instead...

Gargano · · Arizona · Joined Jan 2011 · Points: 1,559

I take a 12-20 oz bottle (small gatorade, tea, etc) and clove hitch a 3mm sling around the neck. Clip it on and you're ready to roll. Use it for a month and then recycle it when it gets rough.

T G · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 56
Hydrapak has a few soft flasks with wide mouths and attachment points. They used to make a 500mL flask with a twist cap and attachment point like the current 750mL version, but it doesn't seem to be available any longer.
B L · · New York, NY · Joined May 2015 · Points: 54
wonderwoman wrote: I just bought a bubi.  However, I am going to replace the mini biner with some chord and a regular biner to attach to my harness..  The water bottle came flying off the outside of my pack during a hike out.  But It is collapsible and doesn't have plasticizer taste.

This looks like exactly what I was after! Thanks!


Did the mini biner break when it came off your pack?
wonderwoman · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 93
B L wrote:

This looks like exactly what I was after! Thanks!

I like it so far.  But if it gets squished in your pack it can leak.  I carry it on the outside or make sure it's not going to get squished.

B L · · New York, NY · Joined May 2015 · Points: 54
wonderwoman wrote:

I like it so far.  But if it gets squished in your pack it can leak.  I carry it on the outside or make sure it's not going to get squished.

Good to know.. I'd probably just fill it with enough for the climb when racking up. I like the attach point is built in. I get a bit worried about something tied around the neck popping over the neck and falling :/

B L · · New York, NY · Joined May 2015 · Points: 54
T G wrote: Hydrapak has a few soft flasks with wide mouths and attachment points. They used to make a 500mL flask with a twist cap and attachment point like the current 750mL version, but it doesn't seem to be available any longer.

This looks pretty nice but I might worry about how secure the attach point is. I'd expect it might get scraped against some rock on my harness so was looking for an attach point really sturdy or built into the body or lid.

wonderwoman · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 93
B L wrote:

This looks like exactly what I was after! Thanks!


Did the mini biner break when it came off your pack?

No, the biner did not break. It just undid itself somehow.  It might be due to the round shape that it flipped itself around or something.  But I would not trust the biner it comes with enough to attach to my harness while climbing.  I am going to thread it with some chord and attach that to a real biner.  The accessory biner is too puny to take a risk of dropping it on someone below you.  

Russ B · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 56

I've used the same soft flasks for a year and had no issues with just rinsing/washing them out every now and again, they're the best thing you're gonna find so I'd recommend dealing with it, or try another brand.

https://hydrapak.com/shop/flexible-water-bottles/stow-500-ml

Mike V. · · Logan, UT · Joined May 2010 · Points: 18
Gargano wrote: I take a 12-20 oz bottle (small gatorade, tea, etc) and clove hitch a 3mm sling around the neck. Clip it on and you're ready to roll. Use it for a month and then recycle it when it gets rough.

This is my system as well. Clip behind my chalk bag for multi-pitch days.

Abram Herman · · Grand Junction, CO · Joined May 2009 · Points: 20

Small mouth nalgene with a jug knot: youtube.com/watch?v=YTrkrd-…

Works great, cost is about $0.25 of accessory cord, and the nalgene can go in the dishwasher.

Crotch Robbins · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2003 · Points: 191
Gargano wrote: I take a 12-20 oz bottle (small gatorade, tea, etc) and clove hitch a 3mm sling around the neck. Clip it on and you're ready to roll. Use it for a month and then recycle it when it gets rough.

This is the way of the ninja.

B L · · New York, NY · Joined May 2015 · Points: 54
Russ B wrote: I've used the same soft flasks for a year and had no issues with just rinsing/washing them out every now and again, they're the best thing you're gonna find so I'd recommend dealing with it, or try another brand.

https://hydrapak.com/shop/flexible-water-bottles/stow-500-ml

yeah.. hydrapak definitely look better than the platypus style which are flat so hard to dry after rinsing out. other than being hard to clean/dry I do actually like platypus for clipping and weight

B L · · New York, NY · Joined May 2015 · Points: 54

appreciate the cord tips too everyone!

Russ B · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 56

maybe rig something up to go inside them and hold them open, like a bottle brush or some prongs on the dish holder.

But, the hydrapak bottles hold open on their own and dry just fine overnight standing up on a towel. 

T G · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 56
B L wrote:

This looks pretty nice but I might worry about how secure the attach point is. I'd expect it might get scraped against some rock on my harness so was looking for an attach point really sturdy or built into the body or lid.

I've used one for multipitch and even off-width climbing for 4 years now with zero issues on the attachment point, or the with the flask itself. The attachment point (at least with the 750mL style) is a hard ring around the opening with a nylon loop of webbing. The twist cap/bite valve screws down on top of the attachment point -- you can't lose it and there's nothing projecting from it to get scraped.

(Edit to be clear: I'm referring to this: https://hydrapak.com/shop/soft-flasks/softflask-750-ml and not the "Stow" version linked above by Russ. You can still find the 500mL version of this soft flask with the same attachment style at various outlets, though Hydrapak doesn't seem to offer them.)
John Clark · · San Francisco · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 477

Cycling bottles work well too

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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