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Evernew Backpacking Water Reservoirs and Bottles

manufacturer by:
Philip Werner
Version:
1
Price:
9.95

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Rating:
5
On September 23, 2016
Last modified:October 27, 2016

Summary:

While the Evernew water reservoirs and bottles stand on their own merits, their leak-proof compatibility with Sawyer's water filters seals the deal. If you dislike the opaque water bags that Sawyer ships with their personal water filters, or you've had them fail and need a replacement, do yourself a favor and upgrade to these soft bottles from Evernew. These are the water bottles that Sawyer should have included with their Mini and Point One water filter systems....from the get go.

Evernew reservoirs and water bottles are fully compatible with the Sawyer Point One and Sawyer Mini Water Filters, without the need for an adapter.
Evernew reservoirs and water bottles are fully compatible with the Sawyer Point One and Sawyer Mini Water Filters, without the need for an adapter.

Evernew water reservoirs are transparent soft bottles that can be collapsed when not in use. They’re available in four sizes: 600 ml, 900 ml, 1.5L, and 2L and can be used to haul clean or “dirty,” pre-filtered water. They weigh 0.9 oz., 1.oz., 1.3 oz., and 1.5 oz. respectively.

They have a few properties that make them a standout water storage option for backpacking.

Chief amongst these is their compatibility with the Sawyer Mini and Sawyer Point One water filters, which can be screwed on without the need for an adapter.

Evernew water bottles are available in 4 sizes: 600 ml, 900 ml, 1.5L, and 2.0L.
Evernew water bottles are available in 4 sizes: 600 ml, 900 ml, 1.5L, and 2.0L.

I was floored when I discovered this. I’ve been using both the Mini and Point One filters for years with Platypus reservoirs, but it’s been a kluge, and I’ve had to use plumbers tape to keep them the connection from leaking. There’s no need for that if I use an Evernew water bottle. I switched to the 2L Evernew reservoir, which I now use as my “dirty” squeeze bag with a Sawyer water filter, in conjunction with the two recycled 1L plastic water bottles I carry to hold clean water when I hike.

These Evernew reservoirs and bottles have some other advantages as well that I value in a water carry system:

  • The bottle caps on the Everynew bottles are attached to the bottle with a piece of plastic so you can never lose them. I lost a Platypus cap once and have carried a spare cap in my gear repair kit for the past 3 years.
  • Each Evernew bottle comes with a brightly colored elastic lanyard that you can use to keep them rolled up. It’s more durable than a rubber band and brightly colored so you don’t lose it or the water bottle at the river bank.
  • There are reinforced areas on the bottom of the bottles that you can perforate using a hole punch in order to hang them inside a backpack hydration pocket or to rig up a gravity water filter system.
  • All of the bottles are BPA-free and made with three layer polyethylene for durability and low odor transmission.

While the Evernew water reservoirs and bottles stand on their own merits, their leak-proof compatibility with Sawyer’s water filters seals the deal.

The cap is attached to the Evernew water bottle so you can't lose it.
The cap is attached to the Evernew water bottle so you can’t lose it.

If you dislike the opaque water bags that Sawyer ships with their personal water filters, or you’ve had them fail and need a replacement, do yourself a favor and upgrade to these soft bottles from Evernew. These are the water bottles that Sawyer should have included with their Mini and Point One water filter systems….from the get go.

Disclosure: Philip Werner bought this product with his own funds. T

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30 comments

  1. Good find, will have to try them

  2. Do you leave the filter on the bag all the time? My Sawyer bags didn’t last long doing that.

    Thom

  3. I have found the Platypus bottles fit well on the Sawyer, but I am still using the original full size. Is the Mini a different thread? Will definitely keep that in mind if I shrink my filter.

    • The newer Platy bottles do not work properly on the Sawyer filters. They have a proprietary thread on the bottle that only accepts their cap, that they sell separately for around $3. The cap is not attached to the bottle, so it’s just a matter of time before you loose in the field. Kind of a pain, but I must admit that my Platy bottle has handled quite a bit of abuse and has never leaked.

      • Good to know. I’ll have to pick up a couple of these as I replace my Platys. Haven’t lost a cap yet but I am OCD about them on the trail. Clean ones go immediately into my right pocket and dirty ones in the left while I am filling and filtering…

  4. When you say “dirty” squeeze bottle, are saying you fill your dirty bottle, attach the filter, and squeeze into your clean drinking bottles?

    Does it work quickly enough to minimize downtime? I’ve just done the whole gravity thing for anything over 1L, because I didn’t think the mini was capable of a significant flow-rate to fill a couple bottles/a bladder. Perhaps I need to revisit the idea, and save some pack weight too.

  5. So when filling the “dirty” water container is there a problem with contaminating the container when dunking into stream. Does the outside and neck of container matter? Im new at this.

    • That won’t work with a narrow opening like this. You need to position it under a pour over or in line with the fast part of the stream (hard to explain), or fill it up by scooping water with your cook pot and pouring it in.

      • For filling: I carry a 1 gal freezer bag with one lower corner nipped off (about 1/4″) to then fill my Sawyer sack. Especially good for shallow water that has a muddy bottom.

      • Or you can buy a wide mouth nalgene reservoir which will fill when you submerge it, although its not compatible with a Sawyer. Some people like them. This can be a good solution is you treat with chemicals. But I prefer a filter style solution to get the floaties and guppies out.

    • Read your question again. No. It doesn’t matter. The water comes out the filter top clean and should drop into the bottles without dripping over the mouthpiece (which you can’t keep clean).

  6. Philip just curious what are you getting for a flow rate on the larger Sawyer?

  7. What I love most about these bottles is the caps attached to the bottle–no lost caps, no need to buy and carry spares!

    I haven’t checked the past 2-3 years–are these water bottles now regularly obtainable? For several years after the 2011 Japanese tsunami (which affected the factory), they were really hard to find, and because of the compatability with Sawyer, the demand was high. Mine date from pre-tsunami and pre-Sawyer Squeeze days–I bought them strictly because of the attached cap. They are still good!

  8. I use these and they’re great. The 1.5L is a good size for quickly topping up water bottles or camelbacks (using an inline fill connector) and I’ve also found the gusset bottom on them really useful for using around the campsite. From experience I would recommend the larger sizes (1.5L or 2L) as it is easier to fill these partially than fully filling up the smaller bags when refilling water bottles etc. Also note for UK Amazon purchases they are usually shipped from Japan so can take some time to arrive – don’t buy them in a hurry!

  9. beyond the attached cap, what do you see as advantages over the Sawyer pouches?

    • The Evernew reservoirs are clear so you can obviously see how much water is left in them. They also have gusseted bottoms so you can stand them up. The Sawyer reservoirs don’t exactly have a stellar durability reputation although YMMV.

      • I’m on my second 2liter Sawyer bag in three years. First one failed earlier this year after bragging that I never had one fail. I think I paid $6 for two Sawyer bags compared to $16 for one Evernew bag. It might ne worth the cost difference if they are a lot more durable than the Sawyer bags.

      • the sawyer pouches are gussetted as well.? ive had no durability issues.? they are cheap and light enough to carry a spare.

  10. A little off topic, but while we’re talking Sawyer: I just upgraded from the mini to the regular filter, but the regular tends to leak from around the white “sport cap” as if the cap isn’t letting enough water through so it spills up and around the threads. It’s post-filter, so it’s clean water, which concerns me less, but I’ve taken to filtering without the white cap on there. Do you (or anyone else reading this) have that problem?

    On topic, I’ve been using an older (2012ish) Platy with no problems but actually just received an Evernew for my birthday (it’s in the mail) and am pretty excited to use it, precisely for the reasons you specified.

    • Only have the problem if its not screwed on tightly.

      • Never ever had that problem and have been using these filters for a few years now. Earl might be right.

      • This thread got me thinking and, upon further examination, it looks like the threads on my push-pull cap are likely jacked up — I couldn’t screw the cap on tightly without it popping off or tightening at an angle. Sawyer customer service is wonderful, though, and quickly sent out a replacement (on the way). Hopefully that solves it!

  11. For those of us who prefer a widemouth container, a similar concept is the Nalgene Cantene.
    They have a nice 3 liter size for when camp is far from a water source.

  12. i have heard about these bags and their compatability with the sawyer filters, but they were hard to find. Are they more readily available now?

  13. I just returned from a four days section hike on the Long Trail (SOBO). I had a new 900 months version of this product. Second day it sprung a leak, a hole along one of the folded crease. I was not impressed. Good thing I had a spare Sawyer filter bag version, which I used with no problems the rest of the hike. I have never had a problem with the Sawyer bag. Yes I do like the Evernew features like attached cap. However, I did not like the feature of springing holes…

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