Vapur Shades

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Between my girls and me, we have six of these soft…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: around $10


Between my girls and me, we have six of these soft bottles. The concept is pretty nice and they pack up small. We usually bring them along in our backpacks empty and rolled up and only use them when our campsite is away from water and we need extra stored water. The attached clip is nice for hanging and the lid has yet to leak on any of us.


  • Packs small
  • Lightweight
  • No leaks
  • Hangs easily on your backpack with the integrated clip


  • Not very stable when sitting it upright
  • Not sure about durability of the seams with continuous rolling of the bottle
  • Bottle retains its rolled shape

We bought both the .5L and the .7L versions of these bottles to take along on backpacking trips where we were unsure of water sources. The idea is we can carry them rolled up and empty in our packs (they weigh almost nothing) and if we need extra water at the campsite, we can fill them for another 5-6L of water.

Where I've used them the most is for day hikes. Their slim design fits easily in the side pockets of my day pack where the round bottles tend to interfere with internal pack capacity. The lid seems to be pretty solid and so far, none of them have leaked. This is good because these water bottles tend to stay on their side more than standing up since the base can be pretty unstable. If you don't get the bottom properly flared out they won't stand up well.

Plus, when the water level gets lower the bottle can start rolling it's shape which throws off the balance. As you can see from the picture below, the bottle shape becomes "trained" and stays in the rolled shape once it has been stored that way for a while.


For the purpose we have these bottles, they work perfectly.  We don't normally use them as an everyday water bottle like we do our Nalgenes because of the fear they'll topple over.


Nice review. I have a couple these. I find I prefer my Platypus bottles over these.

7 months ago

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The colorful array of .5L Shades will shed light on the way you hydrate. With the durable flexibility of the Anti-Bottle combined with a custom Vapur SuperCap, you're sure to find your perfect "Shade". This half-liter is also just the right size to accessorize any purse or pack. This product was created in California and manufactured in the United States. True to all Vapur Anti-Bottles, they are designed to withstand everyday use and regular cleaning. SuperCap - Tough Seal. Easy Open. Durable 3-ply construction. Made in the USA. Dishwasher safe. BPA free. Available Color(s): Purple, Cyan

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

The .5L Shades Soft Bottle from Vapur is made from BPA free materials, the Element Soft Bottle features Vapur's SuperCap which offers a super-tight seal but is still easy to open. The 3-ply construction and flexible materials let the Shades Soft Bottle bend to your everyday life while being rugged enough to handle your wild side (or even the dishwasher!) And each Element Soft Bottle comes with the Appalachian Outdoors logo printed on it! PRODUCT FEATURES: SuperCap - Tough Seal. Easy Open Durable 3-ply construction Made in the USA Dishwasher safe BPA free Features the Appalachian Outdoors logo!

- Appalachian Outdoors