Since the late spring, I've been hiking a lot. I'm lucky enough to live next to a canyon that has ropes of trails winding through it. As ridiculous as it may sound, I have a favorite water bottle. At some point, I'll say a few nice words about it. The problem with it is that it's too big for me to take on a hike.
For the last few weeks, I've been looking for something that I could throw a little water and maybe a granola bar in so that I could extend my hikes if my bliss willed it. I looked everywhere, but couldn't find exactly what I had in mind. I ended up compromising a bit when I picked up this little number at Big 5.
I took it out on the trail today in order to see if I liked it. Overall, it's a keeper. Here's some of what I liked.
1. The price. I think that I paid less than $20 for it. Hiking has to be the one of the most basic activities a human can take part it. But, it's also really easy to jump on the accessory freight train and spend your way into oblivion.
2. The size. By my measure, my hikes are anything but epic. I didn't see the wisdom in buying a Camel Back hydration system. First, because I refuse to call a bottle of water a hydration system regardless of how fancy it is. Second, because I don't need to carry a cumbersome backpack if I'm only going out for a few miles. I just need something to wet my whistle.
3. The weight. Full loaded, this little pack is super light. I spun it around backwards and forgot it was even there.
Here's some of what I'm not big on.
1. Plastic bottle. I know that this sounds petty, but I really like a metal bottle. It's probably my imagination, but it seems like plastic bottles give water a funny taste.
2. The price. Whenever I see something insanely cheap, I know in my heart what made it so affordable. While I'm out wheeling around looking at America, somewhere deep in the heart of Asia, some person is working sixteen hours a day for peanuts so that I can have something like this. Are there any companies that pay their workers a living wage these days?