Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Prudent Prepping: A New Water Bottle

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. 

The recently departed water bottle in last week's post has been replaced with something that will degrade slowly in sunlight and be difficult for me to break.

I hear some laughter from the cheap seats, so check this out.

Iron Flask Sports Water Bottle

Iron Flask Sports Water Bottle - 18oz, 22oz, 32oz, 40oz, or 64oz, 3 Lids, Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel
  • SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE! SPORTS WATER BOTTLE INSULATED: Goodbye sweat! The double wall insulation makes the Iron Flask sweat-free! It keeps your drink COLD for up to 24 hours, and HOT for up to 12 hours. *NOTE: ONLY the 18 Oz & 22 Oz fits in cupholders*
  • 3 LIDS: YES, Iron Flask comes with THREE different lids. Straw Lid with 2 Straws, Flip Lid (18 oz, 22 oz, 32 oz, and 40 oz ONLY), and a Stainless Steel Lid! *NOTE: The stainless steel lid is plastic from inside and stainless steel from outside*
  • 18/8 PREMIUM STAINLESS STEEL: The Iron Flask is made of 18/8 Stainless steel that is 100% BPA free and non-toxic. It will never leave a metal taste or rust. HAND WASH ONLY WITH SOAPY HOT WATER!
  • FUNCTIONAL DESIGN: The powder coat exterior finish is a classic. It assures that you stand out with a very durable and elegant bottle. Our logo is now LASER ENGRAVED to assure the highest quality as well.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: We guarantee that the high quality Iron Flask bottle will surely please you! If, for any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with the Iron Flask, we will issue you a full refund or an exchange!
I really like the idea of having different tops for different uses, plus I have a second replacement straw for the 'sipping' top included in the box! Friends have seen this bottle and are thinking of ordering a larger size, so I can get another opinion and review.

The decision to not use another Nalgene bottle came from comments made on the BCP Facebook page in the discussion of plastic bottles, particularly the comments from George Strong, among others. If you haven't read them, I'll post some quotes from George (with permission):
"UV causes cross linking among polymers. The BPA was added as a sacrificial agent to protect the polymer in water bottles from UV generated cross linking.
"This is the same UV that forces carbon into a tight, four carbon bond that is essential in making vitamin D for your body. It has to do with the wavelength of the radiation matching up with the specific distance in carbon to carbon bonds.I recommend stainless steel water bottles for longevity, and titanium bottles for lightweight hikers. Aluminum is not good for human health."
In a separate conversation:
"Most plastic bottles are fine for long term storage in dark places, perfectly safe. However they will break down faster than stainless steel, glass, or silicone rubber containers. If you need to use"solar sterilization" to make drinking water, cheap disposable water bottles will pretty rapidly wear out, but they filter less of the UV than glass will, although glass won't stop all UV."
So, with info and advice from friends, I bought what I think is a nice water bottle with great features at a great price!

Takeaway and Recap
  • I'm always amazed at how much good information the readers of this blog have and how willing everyone is to share. I learn something every week it seems!
  • Purchased for this week: a 20oz.Iron Flask Sports Water Bottle from Amazon, $21.95 with Prime. Yes, 3 separate lids and a 20oz. bottle for $21.95. This size was my pick because it will fit into a standard cup holder. I'm looking at buying a 32oz. just to have a spare!
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    1 comment:

    1. The bottle says it is "double wall insulated". The superior bottles of this type are vacuum insulated between the walls, of which the archetype is the Hydro Flask. I started using an Otterbox Elevation, which I like a bit better so far due to lids available and a slight taper that makes it more cup holder friendly. I'm not sure it's performance is the same as the Hydro Flask, but it feels close.
      One thing about all these double wall metal water bottles is that the double wall insulation makes them poor for heating liquids over a fire.


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