Reviewing a water bottle is a weird job. Does it leak? No. Cool, so it works. Digging into a feature list is pretty tough, and expressing opinions seems silly, but that’s what I’m going to do, because maybe I’m just that silly. So herewith, my compelling testimony vis a vis the Nalgene 32oz. Sustain Wide Mouth water bottle.
This particular water bottle is a thing that is almost so embedded in my daily life that I don’t even notice it anymore. You don’t fit a 32oz. water bottle on your bike, so this isn’t an on-bike hydration maneuver. It’s a daily hydration tool. that format is perfect for pre and post ride hydration. Most mornings I load mine up with water and I’ll drop in a Nuun tablet, or I make a concoction I call The Elixer of Life (see below), and that’s what I drink during the day. It’s a good way to stay hydrated without having to refill over and over again, which is good for me because I’m lazy.
The Elixir of Life
Drop a ginger tea bag in. These come in all sort of variations, ginger/lemon, ginger/green, spicy ginger/ginger probiotic. I’ve used them all. Next add five shakes of turmeric and five shakes of cayenne, and then fill with water. Shake.
The Elixir will get stronger and spicier as you go. Watch that last gulp. It burns. Also, there’s a strong chance this is an acquired taste.
I also like to prep a Nalgene for after I ride with either recovery drink or again, the Elixir, but loaded with ice. I’m prone to coffee drinking, even after a hot ride in summer, so having a post ride Nalgene set up means I’m not drinking a diuretic, coffee, while also sweating.
Here are some things I like about the 320z Nalgene that aren’t just its size. It’s made from recycled plastic, that is plastic that was headed to the landfill before it was reclaimed and repurposed. It’s pretty durable. I’ve dropped mine lots and never broken it. I like the wide mouth format. It’s easier to get ice in. The bottle also seals really well, so I’m not leaking constantly.
The Nalgene Sustain comes in 17 colors, because even water bottles have style I guess, and costs $15.99.
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