Kiss That Wineskin Goodbye – Vapur Element


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | August 23, 2012      

I admit I never liked drinking from a tube. Images of old fogies and hospitals didn’t fuel me to hike just a little farther.

I switched to palm sized, 6 oz. containers that held gels and complex energy drinks and my visions shifted to Ironman athletes cruising through 100+ miles. But the elastic waist belt holding the bottles is cumbersome and expensive protein/carbo loaded drink mixes often freeze on chilly days.

20120319-124316.jpg


And what’s the ticket for hauling plain old water or electrolyte drinks? A nifty solution is the Vapur bottle bag. On ski days, I slip this handy little water bottle in my pant pocket or inner jacket. Once it’s empty, simply fold it up, slide it into the attached carabiner, and it’s reduced to the size of two Slim Jim’s. Gone are frozen tubes, clunky slush bottles, and stomach-pain-inducing bottle holder corsets. And in summer I clip it on my pack or freeze it for a refreshing drink.

Best part: no black mold to clean out with pipe cleaners. Available in .7L and 1L, BPA free, constructed with durable 3 ply construction, easy-to-open flip cap, and made in the U.S.A.

This little bottle is sticking with me.


Comments

4 Responses to “Kiss That Wineskin Goodbye – Vapur Element”

  1. Lisa August 24th, 2012 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the review, Joe. I’ve been using the Vapur Element this summer and it’s quickly become my favorite. I like how compactible it becomes when it’s empty.

  2. Kaye August 24th, 2012 2:41 pm

    Will check it out! Anything collapsible & easy to keep clean is for me!!

  3. Phil August 24th, 2012 3:33 pm

    So…. how is it easy to clean?
    It isn’t clear from the photo or the Vapur website. It looks like there is just a small screw-on cap. So, no wide opening option for cleaning.

    How is it different from using any normal bladder bag (Platypus or other companies) with a cap rather than a hose?

    I’m not critical of the product – I actually I use this type of thing as an extra 2L water bottle. It’s great – super light and you just roll it up when not in use. I’m just a bit confused as to how this is any different than products that have been out there for many years. And since this type has a narrow opening – it has all the cleaning problems. Your only option is to rinse thoroughly and clean with soap and perhaps bleach if necessary. Slow drying…

  4. Joe August 27th, 2012 9:09 am

    @phil it is very similar to other bladder systems as far as being a pain in the you know what to clean. It is significantly smaller so easier there but unlike the bladder guys the inside water compartment ( there are 3 layers of plastic) has 90 degree corners instead of being rounded.

    That being said I haven’t noticed any of the mold or smell issue we deal with on bladder systems.

Got something to say? Please do so.





Anti-Spam Quiz:

You can subscribe to comment notification by checking the box to left, but you must leave a brief comment to do so, which records your email and requires you to use our anti-spam challange. If you don't like leaving substantive comments that's fine, just leave a simple comment that says something like "thanks, subscribed" with a made-up name. Check the comment subscription checkbox BEFORE you submit.
If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.

:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
  
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after approval. Comments with one or more links in the text may be held in moderation, for spam prevention. If you'd like to publish a photo in a comment, contact us. Guidelines: Be civil, no personal attacks, avoid vulgarity and profanity.

  Your Comments

  • Thom Mackris: Nice teardown, Lou!...
  • See: Thanks for the science, Lou. I couldn’t believe those screws would hold in ...
  • XXX_er: I think steel is likely to be more hardy and aluminum looks purdier but at...
  • Alex: Dabe, Thank you! I really like the spitfires. Sportiva boots fit my feet su...
  • Cody: sooo....when are we going to get a topless on snow review? :P...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Zippy, thanks for your patience. Jim, please go easy on the attempts at hum...
  • Dabe: How do you like your spitfires? Great report & photos!...
  • Jim Milstein: A longitudinal line runs lengthwise along the ski. There can be no dispute ...
  • Frame: Zippi, I think it comes down to interpretation. I interpret longitudinal ce...
  • atfred: How about "ski width midpoint"? Points should be the same wherever measured...
  • trollanski: High five to Roman Dial and others for proving this...Great vids on youtube...
  • Thom Mackris: In case any Coloradans are interested, I just learned that the 1st Annual C...
  • Joe John: Looks like fun. Someone should send one to the German that swims to work i...
  • zippy the pinhead: Hi Jim, I fail to understand why you insist on using a word which relate...
  • Jim Milstein: Longitudinal center line is exactly the term you want. No ambiguity. If you...
  • zippy the pinhead: Exercising my search-engine-fu, I came up with a couple of antonyms for lon...
  • Sedgesprite: AKA: Poor Man's Supercub. Roman Dial has been advocating them for years. Eq...
  • Lisa Dawson: Sure looks like fun. My achy knees agree!...
  • Alex: alas....if only a kayak could fit in my packpack, yes I would have a melt d...
  • biggb: Shhhh ... don't tell this guy about whitewater kayaking ... he might have a...
  • Crazy Horse: Lou, the thing is, solutions that actually have a chance of solving the hou...
  • Jim Milstein: Center line...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Crazy, I keep thinking that if the political will was there, then the land ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Bill, re the waste disposal, it's handled just like any other hook ups....
  • Lou Dawson 2: Zippy and all, I agree, longitudinal is probably not the best word. I did a...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Afox, yeah, the way most ski graphics are applied to skis is not inherently...
  • Matus: I usually measure the real width on the base side of the ski. Much quicker ...
  • Torquil: 1) print off Wild Snow paper template. 2) trim the template to fit on t...
  • afox: The binding freedom self centering guide block is worth every penny! htt...
  • afox: I use the paper method. Its a PITA but works well. If a ski manufacture...

  Recent Posts


Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

Switch To Mobile Version