by Diane Spicer
Hiking hydration is front and center in this Klean Kanteen review.
Because your body works hard on a hike.
And the hotter and longer the hike, the more important it becomes to stay well hydrated.
So your choice of the best water bottles for your hike is a big deal, especially in arid climates and high summer conditions.
And don't make a rookie mistake like ignoring regular water breaks in cool weather.
In this Klean Kanteen review, let's take a look at how this 20 ounce double walled, insulated Klean Kanteen can support your efforts to maintain your water balance.
You might be wondering how Hiking For Her was inspired to write a review of this type of water bottle.
So let's get to it!
That's an obvious first question.
To answer it, we need to look closely at how these metal bottles are constructed.
The slim profile of the bottle guarantees that it will fit nicely into an outside mesh pocket on your backpack.
Because this bottle is double walled stainless steel, and vacuum insulated, you have an excellent chance of drinking cold water on even the longest hike.
The stainless steel bottle provides an inert environment, so if you hike with ice cold lemonade, or add flavored electrolytes to your water, you run zero chance of encountering lingering odors or tainted flavors the next time you fill up the bottle.
And you'd have to try really hard to break this solid piece of stainless steel.
All of these features mean you'll benefit mightily from carrying a Klean Kanteen on your next hike.
On a sunny day, stash this bottle in the outside pocket of your backpack on the side opposite the direct sun whenever possible.
Dropping this lovely metal water containment unit on rocks will result in dents and scratches.
Not to mention a guaranteed concussion for the striped ground squirrel living under the rocks.
My favorite feature is the sturdy, easy to grasp metal ring on the cap.
Because I already own a few Klean Kanteens in various sizes, I love that the company offers a variety of caps which are compatible with all of their bottles of the same size.
Cap options include:
Tip: Combine an indestructable metal water bottle with a sippy cup cap, and your hiking kids will be all set!
The bamboo insert in the cap is eye catching, something a bit different from other water bottles.
The cap is made of one piece of steel so it's never going to come apart no matter how many times it's twisted in and out of the bottle.
This sturdy, well built stainless steel water bottle is what I regard as an investment piece of hiking gear:
You pay what some might consider a high price for it now, and use it year after year after year after year.
I've carried Klean Kanteens in my backpack for over a decade.
But not for winter hiking.
If there's a failure point in this Klean Kanteen, it will be the silicone gasket.
Remove the gasket and clean out grit when using this type of bottle to filter water from surface water sources in the back country.
It's easy to lose that colorless little ring, so be sure you put it somewhere easy to spot.
It's also easy to overfill the bottle when you're working with your water filter.
That makes a leaky mess, too.
I've seen a lot of water bottles in my 45+ year hiking career.
But this one?
Wow! It's gorgeous.
So if you're looking for a gift to wow your favorite hiker, this is the one.
Let me spell it out for you:
If "wow" doesn't cover it, then we need to talk.
This insulated bottle is made for cold and ice filled beverages.
It's not designed for:
I also caution you against the "toss the water bottle overnight in the freezer" trick. This is not the bottle you want to subject to that treatment.
Of course it does!
The polished metal surface means it looks great in your tote bag, gym duffel, or your car's cup holder.
It's just the right size for daily use: not overwhelmingly big and clunky, but not miserly enough to force you into frequent refills.
I tested mine at my desk while writing this Klean Kanteen review, and discovered that it held enough ice water to get me through three hours of intense keyboarding.
Hmm... let's see.
I mentioned the sturdy, attractive design that keeps your water as cold as the moment it went in, for hours and hours in your backpack.
I've fully informed you about your multitude of cap choices.
I've noted the form as beautiful and the function of keeping cold beverages cold.
Here's something else you need to note: the bamboo on the cap should be coated with linseed oil (or something similar) before you use it, to preserve the wood grain.
Looking at the dimensions, you can see that one water bottle is not going to be enough hydration for a hike lasting more than a few hours.
To demonstrate how sincerely Hiking For Her tries to think of all the benefits for you on the trail, here's one usage which might not occur to you:
A less frivolous application for the shiny reflective surface:
That about covers the facts as reported by
Curious Cat Hiking For Her.
Have I missed anything you're still curious about in this Klean Kanteen review?
If you're wondering about what a hiker puts in her shiny Klean Kanteen metal water bottles to achieve that status, read this.
Klean Kanteen Review
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She’s been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for nearly five decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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