“ Made from an extremely tough polycarbonate that is almost impossible to break, these make the ideal outdoor and travel water bottle. „
Who are Lifeventure ?
Lifeventure are known as an entry level climbing and trekking gear company, their gear is simple, cheap, but it does the trick. This Lexan bottle is a good example of this philosophy. It is for basic hiking and camping trips. Many people would dismiss Lifeventure as cheap and too basic / common, but really their gear isnt that bad and as a mountaineer I take some of their non-technical gear with me, because climbing equipment costs enough and so this helps to nullify the cost a little on gear that you can afford to 'cheap out' on. Also they are very well stocked in most climbing, trekking shops, so they are very easy to find. I picked this one up on Amazon, where else, for a mere £7, a sip when you look at some of the competitions hard resin bottles that do the same thing.
What does it do, what is it made of ?
The bottle takes 0.5 litres in capacity, but you can also get a 1 litre version, it is very lightweight for its size weighing in at just over 40 grams (when empty obviously). It is made from very robust Lexan polycarbonate plastic it is very tough and is used in aviation and in car racing, because its also vert light. Its so rigid, you could drop it on a rock and it would not crack easily, it has high impact resistance. It is also translucent plastic and has a helpful measurement markers on the outside of the bottle so you can see how much you liquid you need. But these markers are also etched into the plastic so even if the plastic narkings scrape off, as is often the casewhen getting a bottle out of a bag again and again, you still have the etchings there to show you how much is in there - a nice touch. Another nice touch is that the wide mouth is 1 inch across, this means that its easy to fill up, and more cricually for me, when using it at very high altitudes the narrorwier mouth piece doesent freeze up, so that I cant get to the now freezing liquid inside to rehydrate - trust me whe you climb at 20,000 feet this is very important.
This funny thing on the top...what`s that ?
This bottle also has a screw on plastic lid, which is also very robust hard resin plastic and you need not worry about the lid going walkies as it has a plastic retaining loop on the lid top so it just hangs there when you drink from the bottle, although this is not a new feature, it is a very good one. The lid also has a rubber washer which seals the top tightly when screwed up, so you dont have to worry about leakages either.
I think that in conclusion there are better bottles out there, lighter, sturdier, bigger mouth pieces, other gimmicks etc, but if you want something that is cheap and does the job, this bottle is your man !
LifeVenture are a middle of the road outdoor goods company, they produce a wide variety of products aimed at the average hiker or mountain climber (is there such a thing as an average mountain?). They're not too expensive but neither are they the best on the market, it's a good compromise for the professional who likes to spend his weekends wandering around the Mourne mountains or Scottish Highlands. This is where I come in! LifeVenture are stocked in most outdoor adventure shops and so I have a lot of their stuff, namely their Lexan Bottle and some of their first aid range (which is excellent and I will endeavour to review at another point).
I purchased one of their Lexan bottles in my local outdoor shop for 8 pounds. I felt this was a touch expensive for what is essentially a toughened plastic bottle. That being said, it was cheaper than the alternatives on sale in the shop so I figure I could have done worse. Looking online I couldn't find it on Amazon and the few British sellers available on eBay were retailing for close to 14 pounds. So all in all I think it's worth the money.
The bottle itself is made of a proprietary plastic composition known as "Lexan", a polybicarbonate plastic that is very stiff and strong. Lexan is renowned for its use in the canopies of aircraft and for bullet proof screens, a reassuring background for my lowly water bottle! In my hand the bottle does feel quite sturdy and stiff, unfortunately this leads me to worry about how brittle the material is. It hasn't broken yet despite a few drops but even still, there's a nagging feeling in my mind that just won't quit about it. The cap is made from a less sturdy material than the bottle itself though I can't find the exact composition anywhere. Inside the cap is a small o-ring which seals the bottle once the top is screwed down properly. I mention properly here as if you only tighten it on so much it can get loose and spill all over your bag. I've had this happen to me once mid-hike after we stopped for a rest and believe me, it'll never happen again! Just tighten it up before you pop it in the bag and you should be golden.
The capacitance of the bottle is 1000ml or 1 litre in conventional terms. There are clear etching marks along the side of the bottle which allow you to see how much water you're consuming on your hike. The volumetric measurements are useful for making up precise ribena mixes and such before you head out. The Lexan is nice and clear too so you'll be clearly able to see what you're about to drink. One litre is a small enough sized bottle that you can hold it in one hand comfortably. The bottle is about 7 inches in length and roughly 2.5-3 inches in diameter, which should allow all but the daintiest of hands to hold it easily. The spout is 1 inch across which allows plenty of liquid to flow in or out of the bottle, making filling and emptying very simple.
Overall I'm very pleased with this bottle, it's relatively cheap and made to a very high standard. The apparent brittleness of the material bothers me but I would think this is my own issue and not a reflection on the bottle itself. Similarly I quite like that it is made of the same stuff that guards Barack Obama from a hail of gunfire but that's just the little boy in me! I would give this five stars but because the lid is so easy to leave loose and predispose you to spillages I can only really give this 4.