The HydaPak Stash 1L water bottle has become the answer to my move fast go light adventure kit. I have been looking for a water bottle that is light weight and that takes up less room in my pack. Most pack down style water bottles are made like a bag with small openings for filling and drinking.
The first thing I noticed about the Stash was the large cap which makes it great for filling especially when filtering water and having the ridged upper portion of the Stash is great for holding the bottle while doing so. The Stash cap screws right onto my MSR water filter and many other brands of filters as well. The large cap also makes it super easy to keep clean if you add mixes to your water which with those smaller cap bottles is one of the most frustrating things.
The Stash is a full 1L bottle that when packed down is only 2 1/4’’ tall which makes it very easy to well, Stash away. I always carry 1 or 2 empty light containers on long distance hikes or backpacking trips so when I filter water I only need to do it once. I can easily fit 2-3 Stash 1L bottles in the front pouch of my pack and the fact that the Stash makes a hard shell when packed down takes away my hesitation to throw my pack around. I was a little hesitant when I first looked this bottle over thinking the soft material would just collapse when I was drinking from it or that it would take two hands to use it. After filling the Stash I quickly realized I could just use it like any other bottle just don’t squeeze too hard.
With a max temperature rating of 140°F / 60°C you can fill this bottle with warm water and even freeze it! The Stash will become your new all around water bottle and is sure to change your mind on collapsable bottles. I am certainly not easy on my gear and I have literally kicked this bottle around the mountains and desert and it hasn’t failed me yet and I don’t think it will!