Gear Review: HydroBlu Clear Flow Water Bottle
Today's review has me preetay, preetay (Larry David anyone?) excited because I really fell in love with this little water bottle while I was testing it. HydroBlu was wonderful enough to send me one of their water bottles before we went on vacation and I'm SO happy I got to test it out west. I figured it would be okay, like, I'd throw it in the backpack and see if we even used it and we did, like a lot. I just want to say that there's a misconception that it's safe to drink mountain, spring-fed streams and water. The water is NOT always pure, in fact, it rarely is. Animals can track all kinds of bacteria into the water as well as defecate close to water sources and rain water runoff can pull bad bacteria into the water. Humans also track bacteria into waterways. You always, always want to filter out your water. There is no reason to take the risk of drinking contaminated water. Okay, the review!
What I loved
* First off, and most importantly, I love that the straw filters down to 0.1 microns without the use of chemicals, iodine or batteries. That means it removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli and it removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium.
* Also the activated charcoal in the filter reduces heavy metals, iron, sulfur, negative taste and any discoloration from your water.
* The water bottle is light, easy to pack away and if you don't have water bottle pockets you can throw a carabiner onto the top and attach it anywhere on your pack.
* The top of the straw has a groove in the plastic where your teeth perfectly fit while you're drinking. I don't know why I love this so much, but I do.
* It reduces waste because you can fill the water bottle over and over again and don't have to use plastic.
* It's easier to use than a filtration straw. I have a LifeStraw and while I do like it as a backup, it's very awkward to get down on the ground next to a body of water and drink out of a stream. Or you have to fill a big water bottle up and stick the straw in, then remove the straw, back wash the straw and put everything away. This water bottle can be filled up anywhere and you just pop the top back on and you're good to go.
* The bottom of the bottle is rubber so it stays put wherever you put it, even on slippery rocks.
* The bottle is BPA free!!! This was a biggie for me because I wouldn't have even accepted the gift if the bottle hadn't been BPA free.
What I didn't love
* The only think I can think of is if you're an ultra light backpacker this water bottle may be a little too heavy for you. But, we used it on our backpacking trip and it was barely any added weight at all. Plus it was super useful to have while we were in camp to just fill up at the lake and drink while we were hanging out without having to filter 3L of water for each of our reservoirs.
Overall I HIGHLY recommend this little water bottle for all the reasons I listed above. It's just a good idea to have something on you that you can fill in a pinch. I always have a backup water filter on me, even on short day hikes, but I'll now bring this water bottle because it's so easy to fill anywhere.