What bottle do you use with Sawyer Mini?

Discussion in 'Hydration & Hygiene' started by Myles21, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    bit bigger than a standard bottle and the plastic is nice and soft for squeezing
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  2. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    My reason
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  3. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    That will be why my preference for a 1L San Pellegrino bottle (full of sparkling water at the start, obviously) is now entirely justified!:)

    No darling, I can't possibly drink cheaper water, the folks on trek-lite said It had to be this or nothing!
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  4. Ken T.

    Ken T. Ultralighter

    The Smart water bottle has nice simple lines, is lighter than some alternatives, and the sport cap fits on the output on the Sawyer to enable back flushing without needing the syringe. Plus over here they are everywhere.
  5. Ken T.

    Ken T. Ultralighter

    Oh there are a few years where the threads on the Platy stuff does not fit the Sawyer.
  6. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    The 850ml sports cap (Tesco) is not the same size as the Sparkling 600ml - its the same size as the 850ml/600ml still cap. I would be surprised if the newer batches of the still that hit the shelves dont start to match the sparkling bottles though.

    Not quite for the UK sports cap, will need to put a couple of cuts in the valve top with stanley knife so it fits on properly but yes definitely workable.

    edit: and on a plus point, i done this and the shopping whilst on gardening leave so technically i was paid to do it ..:)
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2017
  7. Ben

    Ben Summit Camper

    How are people using the smart bottles? As a dirty water bottle. What are you filtering it into? I'm new to the sawyer and I've been carrying 2 of the litre bags. 1 for dirty and 1 clean. I've been carrying a Nalgene bottle for use as a cup around camp and a bladder while out trekking. It's all a bit of a faff at the minute:sorry:
  8. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I use a 2L Evernew bottle for water storage in camp, I'll attach my sawyer to that and fill a 600ml drink bottle in the morning.
    I only filter my drinking water, so any cooking and brew water comes straight out of the 2L bottle/stream and into the pan.
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  9. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    I used an evernew bladder for dirty water and squeezed it into a bottle for drinking as needed.

    Edit: crossed with Shewie. Basically the same as him.
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  10. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    900ml Evernew dirty. 1l Platy clean.
    I also take a 500ml Nalgene in winter, might start taking it in summer too.
  11. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Litre Evernew or Plat for dirty, 1 (or 2 if somewhere dry) litre Smartwater for clean.

    Not generally a UK/Europe issue but the harder Smartwater bottle is better for dipping into still water (ponds etc) for filling so they sometimes get swapped around; I carry a small cache of silver halide tabs to offset the swap from dirty-clean and vv.
  12. Chris2901

    Chris2901 Section Hiker

    +1 for Evernew. Great handling and good quality!!!:thumbsup:
  13. Balagan

    Balagan Section Hiker

    Pretty much like Shewie, I use a 2L Evernew for filtering and carrying dirty water but the drinking bottle is a 1L Pepsi bottle. Hot weather with sparse water sources, I'll add another 2L Evernew but lugging 5 kg of water kinda of takes the fun away somewhat. I find that I'm taking the Source convertube along more often as it allows for gravity filtering (just pop the drinking nozzle off and plug the hose into the clean end of the Sawyer). Dual use die-hards will scream at this but I also find a 250 ml Coke bottle useful for filling up the dirty bag.
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  14. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I took a wide mouth Nalgene soft canteen on a trip last week, I didn't want the neck freezing up like previous trips, Sawyer & a wide mouth doesn't work, dead weight, doh
  15. Balagan

    Balagan Section Hiker

    There are a couple of Nalgene to coke bottle thread adapters available, one from an American company I can't recall right now [Edit : I checked, it's called Jetflow] and the Source convertube comes with one. If you send me your address, I can try to mail a Source one to you as it is surplus to requirements...
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2017
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  16. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for the offer @Balagan, thinking about it though I probably shouldn't be carrying the Sawyer if it's cold enough to need the wide mouth
  17. Dennis L. Ward

    Dennis L. Ward Trekker

    2-Litre Platy Bottle works nice for me.
  18. FOX160

    FOX160 Section Hiker

    I use pouches very similar to the one that comes with the filter.
    These are from Poundland and comes in a pack of Two including
    Pop up drinking valve and each pouch has an carabiner.
    The thread matches the valve too.
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  19. Diddi

    Diddi Section Hiker

    Just acquired a mini... good read.
  20. Ken T.

    Ken T. Ultralighter

    Store your bottles bottom up in freezing weather. No frozen on lids. Within limits of course.
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  21. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    I am also using the evernew bladders with my Sawyer as well.
    2L and 1.5L obtained fairly cheaply from Japan via Amazon. I can kneel on the bladder to push water through if necessary so they are definitely sturdy.

    The trimmed off base of a plastic milk bottle makes a great scoop for filling the bladders, weighs very little and can be folded flat for storage.
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  22. NEEpps

    NEEpps Trail Blazer

    Same as you JKM but with a 600ml Sparking Smart bottle.
  23. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Just wish the sparkling bottles had a flat base, need to replace them more often than I like because I bash the bottom bits.
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  24. dovidola

    dovidola Ultralighter

    FWIW the manufacturers' specs show the Evernew as being about 5g heavier than the Platy equivalent.

    I've not had problems with Sawyer's (blue) 'dirty water' bottle. I add a 1L and a 2L Platy to cover most eventualities. It's important to me to have the option of carrying sufficient water for a night's camp on a ridge above any water source (and for the continuing hike the following day).

    However, taking a tip from some of the above posts, I now realise I could carry some water in an untreated state in the 'dirty' bottle (which I'll upgrade to 1L), thereby maintaining my 3L total capacity and ditching the IL Platy.

    26g saving simply by engaging brain - thanks again trek-lite.com!
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  25. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    Like JKM I also use evernew 2L bags for filtering on camps, but the one with a dual mouth opening that were linked on here by Paul last year, these ones I have sat on these to a limit that popped the inflow head off the mini but no damage or leak to the bag.
    edit: I also find them good for cleaning, no need to freeze them as I find left to drain at home with both openings open using the slider inserted in the wide opening will get rid of all moisture inside them.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2018

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