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Hiking, trekking, surfing and bush walking involves great amount of effort and energy and your body is in a constant need of water to maintain your body temperature and blood circulation. In the middle of a hike or a bush walk you don’t want to end up exhausted and dehydrated, it is arguably the greatest risk faced by bush-walkers. Bush walking lovers know that there is no access to portable drinking water when you are out bush walking, same can be said for hiking and mountaineering. In a 4-5 hour walk or hike it is ideal that you consume at least two litres of water on to of your daily intake of two litres.
When it comes to surfing or doing any other water sports activities you often don’t realise how much you sweat and in addition the salt water can also drain water out of your skin. The truth is your body needs at least 300ml - 400ml of water every hour to maintain your body temperature. Being in and out of water can affect your body temperature and can have adverse effect on your body. Staying hydrated is important but one issue many surfer faces is that the water bottles fail to keep the water cold for long. That being said, it is important that you invest in a water bottle which will keep you hydrated no matter if you are surfing, hiking, trekking or mountaineering.
Finding the perfect water bottle to meet your outdoor and indoor needs can be tough if you don’t know what you’re looking for. For someone who is looking to buy a new water bottle, keep the following things in mind before you buy.
The first thing to look for when buying a water bottle is material. Stainless steel water bottles are a perfect solution to finding right material when looking for a water bottle. Stainless steel bottles can be a bit heavier than the glass water bottles but when it comes to insulation and durability, stainless steel tops the lot. Glass water bottles can brake and cause damage not just to you but also to others while being outdoors. Stainless steel water bottles are odour free and long lasting, all you have to do is refill and reuse.
Insulated or Non-Insulated
Insulation is very important when it comes to buying water bottles for indoor as well as outdoor activities. Insulated water bottles have double wall stainless steel joined at the neck with vacuum (fancy term meaning air) in between. Due to vacuum the outer layer of stainless-steel limits the transfer of temperature from outside of the bottles to the inside which in simple word means it limits the heat conduction or convection between steel walls. Being outdoors you will need a water bottle that keeps water cold for longer period and holds enough water to keep you hydrated for long and to cool you down on hot days. While shopping for a bottle for indoor activities such as indoor sports or water bottles for school kids its better to have a single wall non insulated bottle as they hold more water than an insulated water bottle and not as heavy as insulated bottles.
If you buying a water bottle for a sports activity or gym you will find single wall non insulated water bottles will suit your needs more than an insulated one as sports water bottles are meant to be light weight and small in size with more water capacity which is exactly why we suggest that when buying bottles for activities such as indoor sports, night sports or the gym look for a non-insulated water bottle. Non insulated water bottles are also called single wall water bottles, some of the draw back of the single wall non insulated water bottle is that they get condensation on the outside which makes the bottle slippery that is why its not a great idea to have single wall bottles while hiking or mountaineering because if they slip the bottle holder or a bottle carry-on pouch they might knock someone off. Single wall water bottles are not the best when it comes to keep the water hot or cold for longer time. When you're buying water bottles for school kids our suggestion would be a non-insulated water bottles with tri tech lids, which not only keeps them hydrated while on sports field but also keeps easy to carry, small in size and holds more water.
Insulated Water Bottles
When your looking to buy a water bottle for outdoor activities such as surfing, hiking, trekking or mountaineering, insulated water bottle is a great companion. When doing bush walking no matter how warm it is if you have filled the water bottle with cold water that the water will stay cold for upto 24 hours and hot up to 12 hrs. On a sunny day when you're out in the surf for hours your cheeki insulated water bottle will keep the water cold for hours so you can stay hydrated for long time. When trekking or mountaineering on low altitude where temperature can reach negative insulated water bottles can keep your water hot for up to 3 hours, and as the insulated bottles are condensation free its less likely that insulated water bottle will slip from your grip.