These innovative bottles will help you stay hydrated anywhereBy: David L'Heureux and Alyssa Wells
Toting a bulky water bottle can be a pain. This collapsible alternative is easy to store or clip on your bag, making it the best water bottle for workouts, trips, or even a day of running errands. The Element features anti-microbial lining, is dishwasher safe, and BPA-free. (Search: What's BPA anyway?) What's more, this anti-bottle comes in two thirst-quenching sizes (.7L and 1L) to meet the demands of your active lifestyle without taking up extra space or creating additional waste.
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This top-of-the-line tumbler features an ingenious straw you can sip and spin: Its paddle attachment makes it easy to stir up pulpy fresh-squeezed juice or powdered drink mixes like Crystal Light. The Mix-It Cold stores an impressive 20 ounces of liquid—so you're not constantly running to the water cooler for a refill-and is double-wall insulated to guarantee your frosty drink doesn't turn into a drippy mess.
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A removable top, bottom, and nozzle sets the Clean Bottle apart from its competition and makes it extremely (you guessed it) easy to clean. The 22-ounce bottle sports a silicone washer on the top and bottom caps to keep liquids from leaking out. Clean Bottles also give back 10% of profits to eco-friendly charities and cycling organizations. You can vote for which ones receive support on the Clean Bottles website.
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CamelBak's new Groove water bottle has a super-cleaning, dirty little secret. A plant-based carbon filter sits right in the bottle's straw and turns regular tap water into fresh drinking water as you drink. The filter lasts for about three months or 48 gallons of water. The bottle is 100% BPA free, dishwasher safe, and backed by the company's lifetime guarantee. (Find other great exercise, weight loss and fitness gear right here.)
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This smart little bottle is ergonomically designed to fit your hand while running or walking and holds 20 ounces of liquid. The thermal sleeve keeps your beverages cool and the adjustable hand strap helps deliver a custom fit. A convenient pocket attaches to the hand strap to hold an MP3, money, nutrition bars and gels, or keys.
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The Verve (for her) and Viper (for him) are both great lightweight and low-profile hydration options for cycling, hiking, walking, and running. Both models feature a bungee lacing system to store loose ends, a helmet or hat clip right on the pack, capacity for a 2-liter hydration reservoir, and a decent array of pockets for stowables.
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When it comes to staying hydrated, sometimes size does matter. Enter the 40-ounce Klean Kanteen Classic. The bottle is made from a stainless steel that's totally free of BPA and other toxins and will keep you drinking for hours between refills. The wide-mouth top fits ice cubes and the optional sport cap (pictured) allows you to drink through a spout or screw the top off for bigger gulps. (Search: How much water should you be drinking every day?).
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Our last sipper shows that hydration comes in many forms. Stanley's vacuum-sealed hybrid mug/bottle keeps your hot beverage of choice at perfect drinking temperature for hours. (Find out more about the energizing effects of coffee and tea). The lid is totally leak-proof, but also comes apart for easy cleanings and gunk removal. The Stanley Classic fits most car cup holders and water bottle cages and comes with a lifetime warranty.
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