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Glow-in-the-Dark Nalgene

Just found the new GITD Nalgene at my usual sporting goods store yesterday and... being a consummate gear junkie... I picked one up. They are BPA free, but your water still glows in the dark. :) They are rigid like the lexan variety, although their color is opaque like the polypropylene kind. They come in a green and grey color.

After charging my green one under a lamp for a couple of hours, it emitted a pleasant glow (like a mild glow-stick) for over an hour. It may have lasted longer, but I fell asleep.


A fun change of pace for my water bottle and they don't cost any more than a standard lexan one. I want to pair one up with one of Guyot Design's Firefly lids just for fun.

What is the point of the glow?


Nalgenes are so heavy. Why not switch to Platypus containers?

i use a camelbak except for winter, but bottles do have their use. i often have spare water in a bottle, just in case. my kids would probably love one of these for an upcoming camping trip....thanks for the info.

The Nalgene is for hydrating around home/office/shop. I have a Camelbak bladder that travels with me on the trails.

And, the glow is for whatever you would like! Leadbelly, if your kids are like mine, they'll love it! My son adores the glowing water bottle!

Nalgenes are so heavy. Why not switch to Platypus containers?

I have had the Platypus containers crack, particularly in cold weather, and usually at the fold line. The weight saving is not worth it if the container won't hold fluids, and worse, if it leaks a hydration mix all over your pack.

I am back to using Nalgene mostly, since the BPA epidemic was narrowly averted.

I'm not a big fan of metal bottles especially in winter, I do have a couple of them, but for the price you can get two or three Nalgene's.

I don't have a Guyout Firefly, but placing your LED headlamp on top of your water bottle works too, and helps distribute the light in my tent better than just a headlamp alone hanging from my loft.

Glow in the dark huh? I'll have to check that out.

Nalgenes are so heavy. Why not switch to Platypus containers?

I have had the Platypus containers crack, particularly in cold weather, and usually at the fold line. The weight saving is not worth it if the container won't hold fluids, and worse, if it leaks a hydration mix all over your pack.

The Nalgene soft bottles are rated to -29C so that would be an UL option for you.

http://www.nalgene-outdoor.com/store/detail.aspx?ID=71

Re: Nalgenes being heavy. Aren't the glow-in-the-dark variety even heavier once they've stored up all those photons? Of course, I guess most of us aren't carrying 'em very far at night.

But I guess I can see the argument for flexible "bottles". Saves about 3-4 ounces per one-liter bottle used, I'd guess. But they're (the flexible jobs) hard to set down with the lid off, etc.

In my post above I meant to say I use the HDPE version.


Excellent observation Perry, I'm thinking I could mount one to the top of my hiking pole as a beacon of sorts like Gandolf the Gray in Lord of the Rings, the pole would carry the weight of those photons you so wisely point out.

Also in case of encounters in the dark, you could firmly plant the staff, and exclaim: "You shall not pass!"

Anyway, I hadn't seen the flexible version yet, thanks for the link there CWF.

Nice find Cleric, I hope to get one soon.

August 14, 2020
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