Vapur Anti-Bottles solved a big problem for me, and I’m guessing it’s not the one the company’s founders set out to solve. My problem was this: how do I carry some water AND bear spray while going out for a one to two hour run WITHOUT a huge pack yarding on my shoulders or hips.
(And let me qualify this with the fact that I’m adamantly opposed carrying things in my hands while running and my husband is adamantly opposed to me venturing into the Teton mountains alone without bear spray).
The solution came when I figured out how to wedge Vapur’s Element water bladder (filled ¾ of the way full) and bear spray into a holster designed for a SINGLE water bottle. Magic, pure magic.
Truly, what makes Vapur’s Anti-Bottles shine is their versatility. Stuff one in a pocket while skiing – gulp and refill at the lodge. Entertain a baby or toddler with the transparent, bright design of many of its bladders. Always keep it handy – in your daypack, purse or glove compartment – because it fits nearly anywhere and weighs essentially nothing when empty.
Vapur’s Anti-Bottles strike me more as a piece of lifestyle gear than a hardcore expedition-style hydration system. This perception stems mostly from their smaller size (models range from 0.5 L to 1 L) rather than any lack of durability. So far my Element Anti-bottle has handled my freezer, dishwasher, and being wedged into the main compartment of my daypack just fine.
With that said, I am quite intrigued by (but haven’t yet personally tested) the Vapur MicroFilter that includes a built-in water filter and weighs only 2.7 ounces. On a backcountry route filled with springs, rivers and lakes, and with an ultralight mindset, the MicroFilter might be the only container you need to bring along.
The cap design is where Vapur got it right. The flip top is easy to use and the narrow nozzle makes it easy to sip while on the run or to share with a toddler. When it comes time to clean the water bottle out, the whole lid screws off, allowing a small brush to get inside. I do think the carabineer on the lid seems a bit bulky and gimmicky, especially if used on a long backcountry trip, BUT it snaps off easily if you want to pare down weight.
I haven’t found much to dislike about the Vapur Anti-Bottles. They’re BPA free, dishwasher safe, freezer capable, lightweight and the price point is good. Also, importantly, they’re manufactured in Chicago (with the company headquartered in California).
Long story short: My family will get them as stocking stuffers at Christmas. And you have the chance win one the second week of January, during Garage Grown Gear’s official launch week – filled with fanfare, trivia questions and multiple giveaways.
THE STATS (manufacturer specs)
The Vapur Element 0.7 L/23 oz
Weight: no manufacturer specs but very minimal
Features: BPA free, dishwasher safe and freezer capable, USA Made
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