Nalgene makes a line of nearly indestructible water bottles. I first encountered them after getting a Maxpedition bag that had a compartment designed specifically for them and picked up a bottle with the inscription from a Denver hospital. I have no idea how it ended up in the UK, but around 6 years later the bottle is holding up perfectly even if the inscription has rubbed off. It’s been so useful that I picked up a similar Nalgene wide mouth water bottle for family days out. The trademark of Nalgene is the wide mouth bottle and although they now make a wide range of bottles for a varied market, the original design is still available and hasn’t changed for years.

Nalgene’s trademark bottle is distinctively shaped to allow for easier cleaning and refilling and it makes the bottle look rather squat and short in proportion to other bottles, but that also has the advantage that its harder to knock over by accident. It takes a little adapting to drinking from the wide mouth, but you can get inserts that give you best of both worlds – a large mouth for cleaning and putting in ice and a small hole for drinking.

Nalgene is a well-known brand and their bottles not only withstand the test of time but are perfect for rugged use. They are leak-proof, impact resistant, safe between -40°C and 100°C, relatively lightweight and highly cost-effective at around £10 a bottle. Highly recommended.


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Cost: £9-11


Capacity: 1 litre
Item Weight: 180 g
Size: 9 x 9 x 26.5 cm
Materials: Eastman Tritan copolyester
Colours: Varied

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Nalgene is a brand of plastic products developed originally for laboratory use, including such items as jars, bottles, test tubes, graduated cylinders, and Petri dishes, that were shatterproof and lighter than glass. The properties of plastic products make them suitable for work with many substances in various temperature ranges. Nalgene products are manufactured by Nalge Nunc International, which in 2004 became a subsidiary of Fisher Scientific, now Thermo Fisher Scientific.

We based our Ergohacks Verdict on 5+ years of regularly using a Nalgene water bottle. This product is still in regular use today. This article was first published on 16 November 2015 and last updated on 3 October 2017.