Five ways to upgrade your old water bottle

It's time to let go of the free one you got in college.

Drop-in purification lets any vessel become a self-contained water-cleansing system. No matter who you are—or what mountaintop, elliptical machine, or TPS report you need to conquer—crisp, fresh-tasting H2O can go right along with you. Just fill any of these fine flagons at the nearest tap, and drink up.

Gym Rats

Swag canteens are great—if you’re into lukewarm water mid-workout. The Camelbak water bottle has a cell-foam insulation that keeps water cold twice as long as that freebie. Amazon; $13.

Trail Trekkers

When climbing, it can be hard to breathe, let alone pull water from a hydration pack’s straw. The Geigerrig Rig 700M is pressurized: Bite a valve to get H2O from its 70-ounce reservoir. Amazon; $140.

Light Packers

The HydraPak Stash collapses from 7.2 inches tall to the size of a hockey puck flask. The 25-ounce bottle’s flexible center stands up to repeated twisting between the hard-shell top and bottom. Amazon; $16.

All-Day Toters

Most double- walled bottles use hefty endcaps to close the chamber between the steel walls. Hydro Flask seals with a glass plug during the vacuuming process, lightening the vessels. Amazon; $30.

Desk Jockeys

Be an adult: Drink from a glass. The MIU Color 18.5-ouncer is made of borosilicate, which, thanks to a makeup that’s about 5 percent boric oxide, is durable and stain resistant. Amazon; $22.

This article was originally published in the March/April 2017 issue of Popular Science, under the title “Carry Water.”

Corinne Iozzio

Corinne Iozziois the Editor-in-chief of Popular Science. She's been here, in one role or another, for more than 11 years. With a background covering consumer tech that began with the launch of the first iPhone, she's made a career nerding out about how fast the world changes around us every day.