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Nalgene 32 oz Narrow Mouth HDPE

rated 2.5 of 5 stars

The 32 oz Narrow Mouth HDPE has been discontinued. It was replaced by the Nalgene 32oz Wide Mouth Ultralite HDPE Bottle.

photo: Nalgene 32 oz Narrow Mouth HDPE water bottle

Tough bottle that has survived a good amount of abuse. No longer my preferred bottle because it is hard to clean and retains flavors.


  • Tough
  • Narrow mouth reduces the chances of spilling


  • Difficult to clean
  • Retains flavors
  • Heavier than alternative bottles
  • Hard to filter water into

I used this bottle for backpacking, camping, and school for almost 5 years and it has held up to the abuse quite well.  The volume markings are mostly still visible, but some have worn off overtime.  The cap and the plastic strap that attach the cap to the bottle are still intact and function well.

The narrow mouth of this bottle helps to prevent spilling that can sometimes happen more frequently with wide mouth Nalgenes.  When backpacking, I use this bottle and another 32 ounce wide-mouth Nalgene to carry water.

This bottle does have some significant drawbacks. The biggest one is that it is hard to clean because it is difficult to get a brush into the narrow opening of the bottle. The narrow opening of the bottle also makes it difficult to filter water into and usually requires a second set of hands to fill filter water into it easily.

I have an MSR MiniWorks EX filter that has a threaded adapter which can attach a standard size Nalgene to the clean water outlet for easy one handed filling. Additionally, the plastic also retains some of the taste of flavored drinks.

For backpacking I now prefer to use 1 liter water bottles that I can get at my local grocery store because they are cheap and can be recycled when they become to dirty and their narrower profile are a better fit for the smallish side pockets on my pack.

Source: received it as a personal gift

Another indestructible bottle.

This is another great indestructible bottle, but I did not like like it because it was hard to filter water into it. Making tea and cleaning it properly was a challenge. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $5

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