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Gear Review: Hydrapak Recon Bottle by Josh Davis

Gear Review: Hydrapak Recon Bottle by Josh Davis

Gear Review: Hydrapak Recon 1L by Josh Davis

Value rating:10/10

Durability rating:9/10

Overall rating:10/10

Location of test: Day-to-Day use

Duration of test: 3 Weeks

Product name: Recon 1 Liter Water Bottle

Product Brand: Hydrapak

Best use: Everyday use

Sizes: 1 Liter, 750ml Size is also available.

The Full Review:

 I decided to try this bottle because of its slimmer profile, and I was intrigued by its unique lid design. In its locked position, the lid only needs a half turn to quickly be ready for use. I know this will sound sort of crazy and eccentric, this is the smoothest, easiest drinking water bottle I have ever used.

                I have been using wide mouth bottles for almost 20 years and I’ve grown tired of the splashguards or other accessories to make them more user friendly. I once was fully engulfed in the world of double-wall stainless steel insulated bottles as well, which are heavy and non-forgiving to drops from any height. Granted, it has been a mild Summer so far in Texas, I may be singing a different tune so I can bring ice water on my adventures.

                The lid, which is dishwasher friendly with a removable gasket, is nearly impossible to spill on yourself. It flows so smooth, and fast, and I have increased by daily water intake easily to 3 or 4 liters per day thanks to this bottle. Drinking water no longer feels like a chore.

                As far as a low tech, non-insulated bottle, this is by far my favorite water bottle I have ever used. And to top it off, it is made of 50% recycled material.


  • Incredible easy to use
  • Grab loop handle
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Light Weight
  • 50% Recycled
  • Smaller diameter fits in more cupholders than typical wide-mouth bottles


  • Non-insulated
  • 1 liter is the largest size (I wish they made a 1.5 liter option)
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Teresa. - July 5, 2021

Don’t quite like the cat.

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