Different drinking systems all have their advantages and disadvantages. On longer hikes most people use a generic 1.5-2 L PET bottle from the supermarket. Even if the Nalgene drinking bottle is highly stable, it is almost as difficult to destroy a standard PET bottle.
A sports bottle cap helps for easier handling.
Below is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of the different systems.
- Needs to be replaced from time to time
- Cumbersome to fill
- Highly stable
- Wide water inlet
- Quick access to drinking
- Cumbersome to clean
- Cumbersome to fill and stow away