Typical winter trips are very cold, always hoping for below zero nights and single digit to low teen highs.
My old water bottle set up was a Nalgene in an insulated water bottle holder on the side of the pack and a collapsible Nalgene in a chest pocket to keep it from freezing. I really like this setup and would like to keep it. One of the collapsible Nalgene’s sprung a leak and the dog turned the other one into a chew toy one day a few months ago. I think he knew that the one I was using had just sprung a leak way to early and was saving me the embarrassment of having a leaky water bottle in the mountains. At least that’s what the wagging tail and excitement when I got home from work that day was saying.
I am looking for options to replace the soft sided water bottle, here is what I can think of:
1. another soft sided Nalgene - every review and my experience shows that they develop a leak at where the hard plastic meets the soft plastic way to quickly
2. a platypus - requires taking a funnel, and at this point I am less concerned with reducing my winter weight as I am the number of items and volume in my pack. The funnel breaks both.
3. a second hard sided Nalgene - this won't fit into my chest pocket so would require a second insulated water bottle holder on the other side of my pack. Breaks the other rule
4. everyone at BPL calls platypus until they start making wide mouth soft sided water bottles (personal favorite)
5. could I heat up a hard sided nalgene and form it into an oval instead of a circle so that it could fit in my chest pocket?
6. any other ideas?
Thanks for the help